28 Jul 2021

Shebiz: Southland specialised software & the family behind it

From Nine To Noon, 11:25 am on 28 July 2021

Over 30 years ago Jenny Scott was farming in Southland when an independent livestock agent friend shared how much time it was taking to keep up with the book-keeping side of the businesses. GST had just been introduced, and Jenny had bought her first computer for the family farm - to keep up with their GST obligations. She set out to help that friend by writing a software package specifically for livestock brokers to create all the invoices and sale notices necessary for each sale, with one simple data entry. Another software package followed aimed at Shearing Contractors, and the boutique tech firm Shebiz was born. Jenny retired a few years ago but her three daughters run the business from Cromwell in Central Otago, servicing the rural sector around New Zealand and with many clients in Australia. Kathryn talks with Jenny and one of her daughters, programmer Lisa Wardill.