Personal approach adds up for Globe
AS YOU enter the offices of Globe Accounting you could easily think you have stumbled into a family home.
A smiling face at the counter, holiday souvenirs lining the hall and a welcoming staircase leading into the rest of the premises.
For the business partners and owners of Globe Accounting which celebrated its 10th birthday this month this thought isn't too far from the truth.
"We try to have a very personal approach to everything we do," business partner and owner Peter Driver said.
"It's the culture of the place; family friendly whether you're a staff member or a customer," business partner Pauline Pickering added.
"We are a small business ourselves so we get small business and how it works," she said.
The enterprising pair first began on just the bottom floor of the Palmerin St premises, working hard to bring up their own young families while expanding the business.
"We have always had a place out the back where the children could come to do homework or our families can spend some time together," Mr Driver said.
It was a similar story for Mrs Pickering who always had a passion for numbers.
"It's been quite a ride but I love coming to work," the mother of two said.
"Now it's great to be at a stage where we can relax a little; it's about working smarter not harder."
This family friendly ideal has stayed with Globe Accounting throughout the decade as they expanded to a total of 17 staff members.
The colleagues have their own traditions together and even spent a weekend away together to celebrate the milestone.
One of the traditions, "the globe" travel table has become a centre piece of the business's culture.
"The first piece on the travel table was a globe which was an opening present," Mrs Pickering said.
From then staff and clients alike have brought back small knickknacks from across the globe to add to the collection.
The business celebrated its 10th birthday with a collection of staff members, friends and clients.
Even Globe Accounting's very first clients, Alan and Leanne Olsen from Olsens Hardware were present at the event.
"Local businesses grow best when they grow together," Mrs Pickering said.