It didn’t take John Libroaperto, owner of L&L Electrical Division Pty Ltd, long to learn that there’s a difference between being a sole trader and a business owner.
First, there was the excitement of getting the business off the ground while staying on the tools. Then the colour-coded whiteboard used to coordinate the jobs got out of control. John realised he needed to step off the tools in order to grow the business and become a businessman.
Meet Michelle. She and her husband have had multiple businesses over the years. Their two current businesses are housed under the one roof. One of which, ABC Embroidery, is running on simPRO. It’s a small operation that may otherwise be deemed too small for a beast like simPRO Enterprise but Michelle has found the software to be a perfect fit for her workflow.
Condamine Electric has had to ride the workload roller coaster just as Stimson Plumbing did when the flurry of work brought on by the gas pipeline in the Surat Basin dried up.
As a result, General Manager of Condamine Electric Alistair Green looked at how to reduce risk to keep the business viable and staff employed. A look at various cost-cutting measures was just part of the equation.
A recent potentially life-threatening incident called for an even deeper look at risk assessment both for the business and for the entire fifty-strong workforce.
Lindsay Coulter began his journey as an electrician. After years in the trade, Lindsay decided he was ready for his next challenge and, in 1983, launched his own security business in Timaru, New Zealand: Allied Alarms.
The company, which specialises in a wide range of security-related services, is now one of the longest running security firms in the country.
Now, directors Lindsay and his brother Peter lead a team of 16.
Pictured above: Jody Monaghan in her EH Holden
This time last year the Surat Basin was alive with hustle and work with the big gas pipelines.
Now the installations are complete, that work is no longer. Stimson Plumbing had a very quiet period at the end of 2015.
The team got together to figure out a win/win for the staff. With some consultation and understanding, the field staff wound back to 3 days a week and some took holidays.
The team at Daltons are specialists in their field. In fact, this has been the niche for Daltons since the outset back in 1966 when now Managing Director Bruce’s father began the business. Nowadays, their services remain in high demand. A strong investment in staff has kept Dalton Electrical at the top of their game.
With 74 staff all over the district, Managing Director of Parr & Co Damon Odey was dedicated to finding a solution that could keep everyone in the company connected across the board and sharing live, up-to-the-minute data. The ‘magic button’, as it turns out, exists – enter simPRO.
In the video interviews below Ben Smith, then General Manager and Damon Odey, Managing Director outline their experience in building the business and integrating cloud software across a widely dispersed team all with an emphasis on work/life balance.
Remember our friend Adam Bell?
Before simPRO he was getting into the office at 5:30am to dish out job cards to his field staff. Next thing we know, once simPRO is up and running, he’s rolling in at 7:30 on his pushbike. The pushbike led to a run, a swim, then next thing we know he’s a triathlete!
Last week Steve Hirst and I returned from a 2 week trip visiting clients happy to share their simPRO story with the world. We visited Auckland, Hawera, Palmerston North, Christchurch, Timaru and a few in between. The scenery lived up to expectations, the weather, supposedly freezing, didn’t.
A couple of things I wasn’t expecting...
Firstly, the sheep - they’re so fat! I grew up on a sheep station in Australia. Maybe they just have an extra layer to keep out the cold but the New Zealand sheep looked like something out of a cartoon.
Secondly, the scenery, also out of this world.