Sally and Nick Whyte, owner-operators of Baywide Equipment, opened their showroom doors to welcome guests on Wednesday 11th May. The showroom, which houses a vast range of products from Kärcher Vacuum cleaners to Wood burner fireplaces, was transformed into a warm and welcoming event space. Pure Catering provided delicious nibbles, Mardigras Event Hire set up bar leaners, and the Baywide team provided a selection of locally produced beverages for guests to enjoy. On a cold night, the space was warm and toasty, with one of the large Masport fires roaring.

Karla Lee, CEO of HB Chamber, started off the evening with a short welcome and introduction to the hosts from Baywide Equipment. Sally went through a great presentation explaining how Baywide can look after all your cleaning needs, from home to commercial cleaning. As the supplier of the largest range of Kärcher products in Hawke’s Bay, Baywide have everything you need from initial inquiry to installation and everything in between. The Baywide team will come to your business premises to assess your needs and provide continuous service following this to ensure you get the most out of any product you purchase with them.

Sally, Nick, and Paul are passionate about their products and their customers. They will go out of their way for their clients. 

After Sally’s presentation, we moved into the much anticipated Business Card Prize Draw with a bag of goodies provided by Kärcher. New Hawke’s Bay Chamber member, Jo Pearson (The Collective Impact) was the lucky winner.  

Guests were invited to partake in interactive demonstration stations. Guests could test the suction power of a Kärcher vacuum cleaner by lifting a bowling ball and guess the weight of the new Kärcher BVL 5/1 Backpack. This lightweight back vac weighs in at just 4.6kg, and the correct guess was made by Chris Heath from Heath Research Services.


This Business After 5 was an interactive and fun evening for all. Special mention to the hosts for supporting local Hawke’s Bay businesses with catering, beverages, and equipment.

The BA5 evenings are very quickly becoming our most popular events. Hosted each month by a selection of businesses from around Hawke’s Bay, no evening is ever the same!

We look forward to our June BA5, co-hosted by Copeland Ashcroft and Remarkable People on June 8th.