Business Buzz: London-based chain finally opens clinic here

During the last 35 years Hear Well, Be Well has developed a thriving network of 13 clinics in rural and small towns across southwestern and central Ontario.

Although owners John and Kathleen Tiede live in London, they did not have a location in this city - writes

That changed last month when they held a grand opening for their new flagship store for the hearing care chain at the corner of Wonderland Road and Fanshawe Park Road.

“We have focused on small communities, so it was a big deal to come to London. It makes sense because our head office is here, we live here and the demographics support it,” said Kathleen Tiede.

The London location includes administration offices, two hearing test rooms, a conference centre as well as a hearing aid retail outlet.

The Tiede family supports their community locations by donating three per cent of profits toward charity work.

Tiede said the family-based business is ready to take on the big corporate chains through superior service.

“Hearing is a sense many of us take for granted until it begins to slip away. Hearing well is important to being happy, and allows us to stay connected to the people, activities, and the sounds we love,” she said.

Last year Hear Well, Be Well launched a mobile hearing clinic, focused on clients with limited mobility.

The custom-built vehicle is about the size of a small bus and provides comprehensive hearing tests as well as dispensing, fitting, and servicing of Beltone hearing aids.

Change of ownership

BJ Borschke has taken over as owner and president of London Audio Ltd. Borschke has been with London Audio for more than 15 years, focusing on large and complex installations. His father Boomer Borschke was a long-time part-owner.

Borschke is assisted by Jason Rodrigues, general manager of sales and customer relations.

John Wild continues to be responsible for installation operations and project management

London Audio has relocated to the southeast corner of Richmond Street and Fanshawe Park Road to offer a more expansive display of products for use in the home and office or commercial sector.

KWE opens London office

Kintetsu World Express (KWE), a global logistics carrier, has opened a location in London.

KWE, which has a base of clients in southwestern Ontario, decided to open an office in London to get closer to customers and attract new ones, said Sebastian Gerber, the company’s regional business development manager.

KWE is among the top 25 largest international freight forwarders and offers services in air, ocean and truck transportation as well as warehousing, distribution and customs brokerage.

“We recognize there are no shortage of logistics providers in Southwestern Ontario. However, many of them service London and region from Toronto and we feel we’re making a statement by opening up shop here,” said Gerber.

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Insurance firm sets bar high

Cane and Co. is a new London firm specializing in personal and business insurance for a new generation of busy professionals.

The company was launched by Jenna Cane, 36, a former London realtor and a third-generation insurance professional.

“I’m also a mother and wife. I know how difficult and confusing the insurance world can be, and how quickly life can change. We’re committed to helping our clients actually enjoy the insurance experience, no matter what is happening in their lives,” said Cane.

Cane and Co. opened in a heritage home at 829Richmond St.

Indigo adopts local schools

Two London schools have been chosen as recipients for the Indigo 2017 Adopt a School program.

C. C. Carrothers elementary school has been adopted by Indigo North London and Wortley Road elementary school has been adopted by Chapters South London

The Indigo and Chapters’ stores did fundraising for the schools during a three-week campaign that ended last week, providing an opportunity for these schools to purchase new books and educational resources that are in short supply.

Tarry Homes wins award

Doug Tarry Homes of St. Thomas has scooped up the prestigious project of the year award from the Ontario Home Builders’ Association for their HOPE project. The 36-hour homebuilding blitz was done largely with donated material and labour and was captured in video and on social media. The project helped a local family that lost a father and husband.

Employee wins award

Alannah Fanset of William Standen Co. has been chosen as one of the Top 30 under 30 by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Cassandra Nordell, co-founder of the firm won the same award in 2014. Fanset will travel to Orlando, Fla., in January to accept the award.

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