Davco Electrical, and predecessor David Cash Electrical Services, have serviced Rodney for 37 years. They specialise in industrial and commercial services, sportsfield and large area lighting. They started as a family business and still operate that way. Their philosophy is honest, quality workmanship at a reasonable price. They work hard to maintain these values, and believe the business is only as good as their staff, or Davco family as they call it.
How do you choose which groups to support?
With great difficulty! It would be great to support everyone who approaches us but unfortunately that’s not realistic. We have been a corporate sponsor of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter for many years. The future of our children is very important to us, so we wholeheartedly support these causes – Mahurangi Kindergarten, Warkworth Primary, Mahurangi Rugby Club – all of which have been a part of our family history.
What form does your support take?
Financial support is always desirable, but we offer other support including coaching teams, sponsoring uniforms, stalls at school galas, signage and carrying out electrical work. We’ve been known to flip sausages on the BBQ for fundraisers.
Is there a special moment you can share that highlights the importance of being a sponsor?
Last year we sponsored a touch team of five-year-olds, The Davco Demons. Watching those little kids run about in their Davco shirts was absolutely priceless.
Do you get many requests for support?
Requests for financial support have noticeably increased over the last few years. We get one phone call or visitor a week. We consider everyone, but it is always hard to politely decline. We take our hat off to those people who put their time and energies into asking for donations.
How many people do you employ locally?
Eighteen at present.
Are you confident about doing business in your town?
Definitely. We are busier than ever, and we can’t see it dropping off anytime soon. There is so much potential in this area. There is still a ‘local’ feel among many of the businesses and, thankfully, we haven’t quite grown so big that we don’t look out for each other.
Do you think it’s important for locals to ‘shop locally’?
One of our cornerstone values is to use local products and services where we can, both in business and personally. We have experienced the negative effects of locals bringing in services or contractors from outside the area; no-one benefits in the long run. We would rather gain business on our good reputation and quality service. We should definitely look after our neighbours first and foremost.