Building Better Business Networks at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron
After the success of the inaugural ‘Building Better Business Networks’ event in March, the Networking series continued at The Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron on 4 May.
Attendees were treated to a chance to connect with likeminded local business people over a hearty buffet breakfast overlooking the spectacular sunrise views of Port Phillip
A panel of very experienced marine themed business people were on hand to share insights from their decades of experience. The panellists included:
Mike Walker of SPX Corporation
Mal Hart of Hart Marine
Judy Muir of Polperro Dolphin Swims
Geoff Newing of Peninsula Fresh Seafood
The marine sector is a key industry that contributes 13% of the Mornington Peninsula’s total manufacturing production, so it was interesting to hear about their contribution to the industry, and the lessons they had learned along the way.
We asked them to share some insights from their years of business experience.
What are 3 things that you believe have made your business successful?
Being passionate about what you do – passion can break down barriers which leads to having a good team
Being authentic and sharing your passion
Really knowing what you do and why you do it
Creating an environment where staff love coming to work
Finding richness in what you do – remember that profits are the outcome
Having a growth mindset
Embracing hard work
Interacting with your customers; listening to and valuing their feedback
Taking up mentoring opportunities when they arise
Learning from mistakes
Being connected to our community and local residents; having a sense of place
Work with other businesses – don’t see them as competitors
Employing locals, they bring local connections and the community
Focus on people and processes
Support local suppliers
What advice would you give your younger business self?
Believe in yourself and your product/service
Understand what doesn’t work – think about what the customer wants
Own your mistakes and take responsibility
Have the courage to back yourself
When things gets tough, keep going
Learn to embrace your failures and think how you can turn things around
If you fail, look for the positives that you can work on and build on
Pick yourself up when you fall down
Have the ability to change and adapt quickly
Know your business and your market – know your limits so you know when you need to change things up
Invest in your staff’s wellbeing so that are more resilient
With over 20 years of Sales & Marketing experience with multinational organisations across multiple industries, Mike is responsible for the Global Sales/Marketing and digital business Star2M Pty Ltd, encompassing Marine & Aviation Aids to Navigation product lines.
As co-founder of Polperro Dolphin Swims and Marine Education, Judy has spent her lifetime dedicated to environmental sustainability – a value that she passes onto the next generation through her passion and knowledge. Judy was awarded an Order of Australia medal for her services to the environment and runs the Canopy of Care program.
Hart Marine is recognised as one of Australia’s most experienced and best equipped advanced composite yards. Founder Mal is a master boat builder specialising in the manufacture of pilot boats, commercial craft, motor boat and high-performance vessels.
Geoff is the founder and owner of Peninsula Fresh Seafood, a Dromana based grower, processor, wholesaler and retailer of seafood. He has been growing mussels in Port Phillip Bay since the 1990’s, and in 2013 expanded his business into seafood processing and supply.