Inside Uno Loco – reflections from new partner Ian Lawley20 February, 2020
At the end of 2018 Uno Loco and Production Associates agreed to merge their businesses, with PA owner Ian Lawley coming to join the Uno Loco team just off K Road. After 15 years or so in business with PA I wanted to know how Ian had found the transition to a very new environment. Here’s what he had to say.
Why did you want to join Uno Loco?
For fifteen years before joining Uno, I was an owner/ operator of a boutique production company called PA. I learnt so much during this period but hit a point a couple of years ago when I started to feel frustrated by some of the limitations smaller businesses experience. The decision to merge with Uno Loco was primarily driven by a desire for access to greater resource and opportunities, and to work in a team / whanau culture. As a medium-size established company with a great reputation, Uno Loco offered both.
What surprised you about Uno Loco?
I’d like to substitute ‘surprised’ with ‘impressed’ as I think it’s a more fitting description of the way I feel. I was, and continue to be, both surprised and impressed by Hula director Jared Ward’s, incredible baking skills! Hula is Uno Loco’s in-house multi-media & creative content company. I’ve also been impressed with the breadth of Uno Loco’s client portfolio and the warm, welcoming professional culture of the workplace. There are so many talented, hardworking and creative people at Uno and it’s been a privilege to be part of the team.
What’s been your work highlight since being part of the team?
I loved working with Hyundai in December last year. We produced a two-day car launch in Auckland and on my home turf— the beautiful Waiheke Island.
Another highlight that springs to mind is the recent rebrand we did for Australasian Caterpillar. My team and I designed, produced and delivered a huge launch party from end-to-end at Villa Maria Estate. The event incorporated over 20 Caterpillar machines, including diggers, robot dancers, lots of LED, lighting, smoke and a HUGE audio system. It was lots of fun to work with amazing technology and a client who wasn’t afraid to turn up the volume.
What’s one new thing you’ve learned this year?
The joy of Workflowmax. People who know me well know how much I love work flow, financial administration and following processes.
How have your former PA clients found it?
The transition has been seamless. This is largely due to the strength of my client relationships. I’m pleased to say that I have very happy clients, who are not only great people but a pleasure to work with. The robust systems and processes underpinning Uno Loco and the extra talent also ensure that my clients feel confident and in safe hands. It’s been a win for them, and a win for me.