People make all the difference
“We have always strived to have good relationships with our team members suppliers, partners and, of course, our bank managers,” Mike says.
“I've been fortunate to have some wonderful people around me. The people you surround yourself with make all the difference, especially during times of great change and adversity.”
He believes to get through periods of uncertainty, people should strive to do the right thing – from landlords, to suppliers, employers, employees, the government and banks.
“The decisions made now, more than ever, will have a long term effect on the future of the economy and lives, so people need to be considerate,” he says.
“The entire community is in this together, so we should be supporting each other and doing the right thing – this will enable the economy to bounce back faster and stronger. Now is definitely not the time, to take advantage of the vulnerable or of certain situations. Now is the time to do the right thing, for everyone’s sake.”
Having had to make the tough decision to stand down most of his 65 staff due to COVID-19, Mike says they will do whatever it takes to keep them all on, drawing on a mix of his own business capacity and support from government and ANZ.
“We have had to work with skeleton staff, rotating from the office to home, moving people around, finding work for the people at the factory. But everyone has stepped up, put their hands up and said, yes, we'll do whatever it takes,” Mike says. “It has been amazing to witness, just been amazing.”