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.
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.
Loucas Christodoulou worked with plumbers on a daily basis in his previous job at an estate agency. It was from here that his passion, to build a successful plumbing business, was born.
From the outset, Loucas’ focus was to differentiate himself from the competition by providing the most reliable and efficient service possible to his customers leaving behind old methodologies.
Like many, Steve Campbell began his career as a trade business owner as a man-and-a-van. Getting work was never an issue, keeping his system fluent and organised was.
Scott Carr has been with the Laser Group since the very beginning. Originally the Laser Group had built their own software. Over time, developing, maintaining and supporting the software was taking away the focus from what they do best - supporting their members.
Nowadays, the Laser Group is a 240-strong network of plumbers and electricians across New Zealand and Australia, running on a reliable, robust system that’s growing with them.
Heron Plumbing, based in Auckland New Zealand is a 56 year old business. When Dale, president of Master Plumbers Auckland and wife Andrea bought the business 6 years ago they saw an opportunity to refine the workflow by removing the paper laden processes in place.
This is the second post in a two-part series following Laser Plumbing Vermont. In this interview we hear how Phil Craig has established a strong team culture which has prepared the company for a prosperous forecast.
It’s hard to put in writing exactly how simPRO has benefited Lucas & Sons Ltd. Business owner Ian tells it like it is. His appreciation for the benefits simPRO has brought to his business is obvious in the video below.