BECNT Clients

Success Stories

Prue and Shannon Skipsey – Plaza Wellbeing Centre Alice Springs

Prue and Shannon Skipsey – Plaza Wellbeing Centre Alice Springs

Plaza Wellbeing Centre Alice Springs  commenced business at the end of 2017.  We had great ideas but not the knowledge on how to implement them. Grant at the Business Enterprise Centre NT (BECNT) in Alice Springs was instrumental in giving us advice and direction in where we needed to go and what we needed to do. There were many little things that needed to be completed that we didn’t know about – but after speaking to Grant we were on the right path..

With the variety of services that Grant and the BECNT offered us – and taught us – our business was well setup when we started. The courses that they run have been invaluable and extremely affordable – we have learnt quite a lot from attending and the networking invaluable.

If you are looking at starting a business in Alice Springs the BECNT should be your first call.

Paul Twomey - Darwin Nutrition & Dietetics Clinic

Paul Twomey - Darwin Nutrition & Dietetics Centre, Palmerston

Hello, my name is Paul. I’m a Dietitian, qualified Personal Trainer and Business Owner of Darwin Nutrition & Dietetics Clinic.

I pursued a career in dietetics due to my love of food and nutrition and passion for assisting others to achieve their full potential for health, happiness, and comfort. I’m a strong believer in ‘everything in moderation’ and believe life’s too short without the occasional chocolate or camembert!  

I was initially referred to the Business Enterprise Centre in the early stages of my business planning. At this point, I was able to receive invaluable support, mentoring and opportunities to allow me the best possible start to my business. The staff are extremely helpful and offer a variety of services to assist all stages of a business venture. In particular, I am very grateful for their assistance with designing my website and to digitally market my business.

Paul Twomey - Darwin Nutrition & Dietetics Clinic

Scott Hoare & Jade Hammer - S&L Tiling

S&L Tiling is an Indigenous owned and operated tiling company servicing all regions throughout the Northern Territory. Our mission is to provide outstanding outcomes for our clients and local employees through ongoing training and development. When S&L Tiling started out Scott and myself reached out to see what is out there and I went along to information sessions with BECNT, running a small Business to get the ball rolling. From there we had direction and knew what we had to get done to make a business work.

Recently we have been working with BECNT (Business Enterprise Centre NT) to do an overview of our current Business and see where we can do things better and make the right moves to get the Business moving forward in this trying time of the NT economy. 

With the guidance from Tony Wood, BECNT and the referrals we are on track and just have to keep implementing the new tools to keep moving S&L Tiling forward. We are very grateful that there is this support here in the NT with BECNT and urge any business in this trying economic time to reach out and get the guidance that is there. 

Fair Trade Autos

Fair Trade Autos, Winnellie

We are a small panel repair shop situated in Winnellie.  There are three qualified repairers on the floor, including the owner, a 1st year apprentice, and me ‘the office boy’.  We repair and paint cars, caravans, motorbikes, campervans, forklifts, anything with wheels, even the odd kitchen cupboard or two.  We have two major suppliers for repairs, we also do considerable insurance work and ‘drop-in’ customers.

We approached the BECNT in February 2019.  In hindsight that was a year and a half too late.  We should have done it prior to the business commencing.  Thoroughly recommended and should be compulsory.

We had no money in the bank, our credit card was over limit and payroll rarely got paid on time.  A very severe cash flow problem.  At the time I described it as ‘the patient is barely breathing and not responsive’.

The BECNT arranged for a financial consultant to visit for professional assistance with our financial management to ensure that the cash flow is monitored, better understanding of our P&L and initiate processes to make provision for weekly, monthly and quarterly payments (e.g. payroll, loan repayments, superannuation, etc).  Further, initiatives that we could undertake to reduce operating costs and move more business through the doors. The BECNT put us in touch with an alternate bookkeeper; who I must say is brilliant, and our office expenses reduced by approximately $18k per annum. All of this happened within weeks.

Today, our cash flow is monitored daily.  We use a financial tracker, forecasting our expenses out to 3 months. This allows us to see potential cash flow issues weeks before they may happen.

I can categorically state that without the assistance of the BECNT, this patient would have stopped breathing.

Candice Liddy - Totem Health

Candice Liddy - Totem Health

Candice is an Indigenous woman from Darwin she is a qualified Physiotherapist and is keen to establish her own practice, Totem Health, with a focus on providing service for Indigenous people in the Northern Territory, Candice currently has some work coming in through the NDIS, and she has a strong belief and desire to helping Indigenous people live healthier lives.

"The advice and support we received through BEC has been invaluable. Starting a business can be a lonely and challenging experience, so it was a relief to have the opportunity to problem solve with BEC advisors and receive assistance from people who understand the sector."

Barrie Martin - Shine Shine Cleaning Services, Katherine

Barrie Martin - Shine Shine Cleaning Services, Katherine

A local Katherine business commenced operation about twelve months ago and is owned & managed by Barrie Martin, a Katherine-born local boy.

Barrie and his partner Anlin have steadily grown the business from cleaning private homes to submitting tenders for larger commercial contracts in the Katherine region & has won a contract for cleaning at the Katherine High School. Barrie has also now included yard cleans as an additional service for their clients.

Barrie also attended the Introduction to small business workshop conducted by the BECNT in Katherine and said it was a great help in the early days of starting his business.

Shine  Shine Cleaning now employs 6 to 8 casual staff and Barrie is looking at expanding the business further into regional areas of the Top End.

The BECNT has been working with Barrie to grow the business and also how to manage the business as it gets bigger, through this assistance Barrie received an ABDP grant from the NT Department of Trade Business & Innovation to purchase a trailer for mowers and cleaning gear.

Great to see a local Katherine business going ahead.

Dante St James - Clickstarter

Dante St James - Clickstarter, Darwin

It's one thing knowing how to assist small businesses to get new customers. but it's another thing working out how to manage the finances of your own small business as it grows rapidly.

The Business Enterprise Centre NT was able to help me idenitfy the areas of Clickstarter that needed attention and connected me with a consultant in the area where I needed the most immediate help, who was able to show me how to bring my financial situation under control so that I would be better able to manage the runaway growth of my business, while giving me strategies to better provide for the areas of my business that would provide the best path to sustainability.

This meant that I was able to, eventually, hand off my bookkeeping to someone who is far better at it than me, and concentrate my efforts at providing the kinds of services that the market was demanding and then making sure I had what I needed in place to deliver on my promises to my customers.

Dante St James - Clickstarter

Sam Weston - Colquhoun’s Coffee, Darwin

I left a high paying job as a chef to start my own business and didn’t realise how tough it was going to be. Over the traditional quiet season we have here in Darwin, I thought I would have to close my doors and stop my passion to have my own successful business.  

That all changed when I sought the services of an advisor at the BEC. Wow! It changed my life and my business. Everything turned around and I even opened a second business. These services not only saved my business but they helped me grow. Thank You BEC.

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