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Formalising staff roles, building apps and composting

Brad Halcrow   11 January, 2017

This is part two of a three-part series that follows Tom from Allfire and his fire safety business journey.

Growth is a focus for most businesses – but there are always inherent challenges to be overcome. What’s a strength when a company is smaller may become a weakness as staff numbers increase.

In the video interview below Tom shares how he keeps his business growing and ahead of the competition.

The sky’s the limit for this efficiency driver

Brad Halcrow   20 December, 2016

The Journey is as much about the people as it is about their businesses. The business leaders we follow may be owners, general managers or even solo consultants.

Alistair Green is a leader who took one company to great heights; now it’s time for his next big challenge.

How the travelling man runs his electrical business from overseas

Brad Halcrow   18 December, 2016

Paul Christie, our original Journey-goer joined the simPRO sales team in the United States back in May – but that didn’t mean he had to leave his electrical business in Australia behind.

Passing on the efficiency savings

Brad Halcrow   8 December, 2016

This is part one of a three-part series that follows Tom from Allfire and his Fire Safety business journey.

Allfire is a twenty-year-old business. Tom Simmonds, Manager Director, bought the business from his father seven years ago. He later implemented simPRO and begun growing the business to where it is today with 22 staff.

Dalton Electrical turns 50 and boy do they have some stories to tell!

Brad Halcrow   6 December, 2016

Dalton Electrical is a company steeped in history – in fact, they’ve just recently celebrated a massive 50 years in business. At their recent celebration, Managing Director Bruce Dalton, along with his father Dave, shared fond memories of the Dalton Electrical history.

Unorthodox methods for building a strong team culture

Brad Halcrow   16 August, 2016

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.

Time for coffee & sunrise photography

Brad Halcrow   20 July, 2016

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.

Electrical incident builds strong team safety culture

Brad Halcrow   5 July, 2016

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.

Life is very good for Lindsay & Peter Coulter

Brad Halcrow   22 June, 2016

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.

Those turbulent 3 months

Brad Halcrow   9 June, 2016

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.