Our story, our team & the name
The name, the team and the ethos are all the same - be frank, be honest and play fair - all inspired by the man himself, Frank.
Our mission is to deliver personalised, impactful advice and services to kiwi businesses, with authenticity, sincerity and honesty.
Our people are a reflection of our ethos. Since we offer straight-up, no BS interactions that cut through the noise to get to the point, we carefully curate our team to match. That doesn’t mean we’re all hard-asses – it means we are all driven by a few core motivators: forming meaningful relationships with our customers and then making sure we’re busting our backsides to deliver no BS results.
frankworks emerged in early 2016 in response to a friend’s call for marketing, support for their local plumbing business. The rest is history, as they say!
We are 100% New Zealand owned, and we’re proud to be Hutt Valley-based (we have the best coffee!)
I’ve always been an unusual balance of arty and commercial, something that has really been a battle for me in terms of career options and ‘fitting in’. My first job was when I was 12, waiting tables at craft expos. Since then, I’ve worked consistently, holding down three jobs in high school in order to support myself financially. 12+ years later, after having accumulated experience in a number of industries – investment banking, commercial real estate, consumer retail, telecommunications, and technology & IT, I felt a calling for a change that would allow me to be a bit more balanced and true to myself, so I took a gamble and packed the corporate life in without a plan (how creative of me!) – and here we are.
Not unlike a lot of kiwis, I am proud to come from state housing, solo-parent roots – achieving independence and helping others achieve their version of independence has been my main motivation since day one. I work hard to make sure frankworks stays true to the things I place the most value in – genuine, human interactions with people that are built on no-BS, straight-up chat and pragmatic advice. I’m proud to back the people we work with to stay true to those values too.
I’m sure Frank would be proud.
My love of all things creative was evident from a very young age. Creative subjects were my main focus through high school and I picked up my first design job as a teenager – designing a logo for a group of scientists researching the Hawkes Bay Tasmanian Grass Gruv. Shortly after that, I was offered a job creating a logo and hand-painting the street front signwriting for a local furniture store.
After high school, I spent my years as a young adult in a variety of admin, sales and retail roles, and eventually settled in real estate. The marketing side of real estate was what drew me in. As well as being an Executive Assistant, a Buyers Agent and a Sales Person, I spent a large portion of my time in real estate in an Office and Marketing Manager role.
Being a straight-up, hard-working creative myself, Laura, frankworks and I just clicked. When I decided to leave real estate for the benefit of my family, Laura offered me a little bit of social media work. The timing seemed right and it was an obvious choice. Not long after that, Laura offered me the opportunity to run the Social Media division of frankworks – another obvious choice!
I love what Laura and frankworks stand for – no BS relationships with customers, no BS services, no BS pricing and a go-hard work ethic. Because of that, I accepted the offer to be the Social Media Manager and I can’t wait to see where this little journey takes us!
ILLUSTRATION, DESIGN & HOCKEY
Initially, I wanted to study Photography but found I had a natural affinity with Design. Fast forward four years and I developed a clean design style, fine-tuned some illustration skills, and discovered a love of typography. I predominately craft by hand but am beginning to branch out into the digital world of illustration.
I’m a casual Creator of Things, as well as juggling a 9-5 job with some retail thrown in too! Outside of working life, I can be found On or around a hockey turf; I’m the crazy person in the helmet! Once that white-line-fever hits, I go from a shy, caffeinated Designer to a gutsy, caffeinated Goal Keeper.
I was introduced to Laura through a mutual friend, who thought we might speak the same creative language. As we got to know each other, our fabulously nerdy minds clicked and I agreed to join the frankworks journey to supply genuine, straight-up interactions and advice.
ALL THINGS WEB & CODE
Hi! I’m Jordan Stewart, a 17 year old from the wonderful city of Wellington!
I was originally born in South Africa, made a move to the UK when I was 6 years old, followed by a move to New Zealand when I was 10. I got into Web Development around four years ago… I taught myself how to code in a multitude of languages and have now started to focus on WordPress, Shopify and a few other website building platforms.
Looking past Web Development for a second, I am really into my music and love being active.
Frankworks follows a straight, no-BS, pragmatic code… Something I stand by and believe is the recipe to being happy, finding “success” and much more!
Why we're called frankworks
A tall, stoic and unmistakably strong man, Frank used few words throughout his life.
Coming from a blue-collar background, he emigrated his family from post-war London to start a new life in NZ. He was a man of strong morals, integrity, honesty and compassion, who took an unmistakably no-BS approach to life.
frankworks is named after this pillar of strength – Laura’s late grandfather, who raised her as his own daughter.