Business a matter of pride
RUNNING a successful business is simple: love what you do and others will, too.
This is the advice from Clint Kenny, owner of Clint Kenny Designs, who has just nominated for the 2010 Business Excellence Awards.
“If you take a lot of pride in your work – we always do the best we can with any job – and if you love what you do, you can be proud of what you do,” Mr Kenny said.
He also said supporting local business was important in building better relationships within the region.
“Awards like the Business Excellence are great because they allow businesses to network, learn new skills and tactics to improve your own business and them theirs,” Mr Kenny said.
“Warwick is a great place to do business – Warwick’s customer service is a lot better than other places because it has that old country hospitality, as well as having such a huge diversity of services now.”
When he arrived in the district in 2004 it was a different story; the eager landscaper said there was some specialised services available to Southern Downs customers – but most of them were “out-of-towners”.
Mr Kenny is already doing what he can to showcase local business, with his crew of five showcasing their talents at this weekend’s Gardening Australia Expo in Brisbane.
Meanwhile, Roger Scotney of Scotney’s Tyre and Battery has been in business for 26 years in Warwick, along with his wife Colleen and five local employees.
Mr Scotney was successful in winning his category in the Business Excellence Awards some years ago, but took some time off in nominating to allow newer businesses to be recognised.
He credits his success in a cut-throat type of business to a high level of customer service.
“It’s all about remembering people’s names, greeting them by name and listening clearly to their needs,” Mr Scotney said.
Warwick Chamber of Commerce president John Randall expects more than 200 entries to come in across the 10 categories.
“We have already received nominations from businesses in Killarney and Allora, so there’s a fair mix,” Mr Randall said.
Nomination forms for the 2010 Warwick Chamber of Commerce Heritage Building Society Business Excellence Awards can be found in business houses across town and close on April 23, with the black-tie gala event to be held on June 5.
The awards will be judged by two out-of-town judges and one local judge, with part of the process being a “secret shopper” style test for those nominated, so judges can experience Southern Downs businesses first hand.