Craig Bowie began his plumbing career back in 2005. To launch their journey into entrepreneurship Craig and wife Sarah bought an existing business in August of 2013. Now, with a Business of the Year award to their name and a team of 36 they’ve found a recipe for success that allows the venture to run itself when they need it to.
Chris Peebles Electrical specialises in the servicing and installation of commercial food equipment. With simPRO now in place, owner Andrew Stefferts’ scheduling woes are a thing of the past. As a result, the business has gained a 25% increase in output and Andrew couldn’t be happier.
Founded by Paul Sansbury, in 1994, Armitage Group oversees 5 divisions of various electrical engineering operations, and uses simPRO to manage them all with a single system.
Owning a business can become all-consuming, just ask Matt Daly of Daly Plumbing. Matt had been working crazy hours since starting his own plumbing business in 1996. It wasn’t until 2016, that he and wife Kristen went to Bali for a break. That’s a long time without holidays!
This is their story.
The title of this story is borrowed from an ancient Stoic philosopher named Seneca.
It reminds me of many stories I hear from owners and operators in the trade industry. There’s often a stoic attitude required to ride the roller coaster that is being in business and seeing opportunity where others may see an obstacle.
Imagine a time when you had to take the train into the city to pick up the parts required for your next job. Nowadays that seems a little inefficient but of course back then, there was no alternative.
For some air conditioning businesses, waiting for paperwork to come back from the field with information about a job is normal, but for businesses using cloud job management software, paperwork is way too costly and inefficient.
ADJ believe in committing to staff for the long term to provide a stable working relationship. To bolster that stability Raynor ensures company growth remains steady rather than riding the peaks and troughs that often come with this type of commercial work. It means that when a new staff member is brought on board, it’s a committed relationship for both parties.
Boyle & Grigg Air Conditioning has been in business for more than 18 years. That’s plenty of time to learn what it takes to run a successful air-conditioning business, and that’s exactly what they’re doing.
The business has morphed over the years to now become a successful and profitable business model executing projects ranging from $20 thousand to $2 million in value.