Liam Field, 54, dropped out of west Auckland’s Henderson High School almost 40 years ago at just 15-years-old, saying that “school just wasn’t really for me”.

After quitting school he did a number of jobs including earthmoving and sales. He got his start in business with the purchase of a $30,000 digger.

But it all really began at the pub. Chatting to a successful friend who had recently sold his grated cheese business for a pretty penny, he was asked what he was doing now.

Liam told his mate he’d recently started Magnum Hire. So started a fruitful partnership with his friend’s finances underpinning the purchase of more heavy machinery which has seen the company grow, and now profit from the expansion of the Westgate area.

“I’m a bloke with no education, but a good work ethic. I haven’t had a sick day in 11 years,” he says.

“That is the thing, you don’t have to be the smartest or anything like that, a good, solid work ethic can set you up for life. Just work hard and good things will come.”

For this week’s Daily Grind, reporter Jackson Thomas sat down with the west Auckland entrepeneur to talk about what it takes to run a $35 million company that employs 20 people.

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