Southern Business Connections is a Southern Adelaide business association aiming to foster and promote business through shared knowledge, ideas and resources; and strategic precinct development.
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nem thinks differently from conventional consulting firms. We understand what business owners want: quick results that generate profits and positive outcomes while building on the value of the business. We know there is no point trying to engage commercially if we cannot add value. As a result, we do not approach prospective clients by telling them what we do and how we do it: instead we ask questions, listen, and try to determine if we can genuinely help.
nem behaves differently. We rely almost entirely on a network of referrals from people we know and trust. We are collaborative and responsive to even the most minor request from within that network. We are outcome-focused.
We do not overtly sell our services. We leverage our network of relationships and respect the relationships of others. We apply our VALUE Encounter Methodology to everything we do.
nem works differently to conventional consulting firms. We often commence work without commercial engagement letters and sometimes without any agreed fee. We operate without subordinates and refuse to establish a leveraged staff structure; businesses deal with partners only, and together through developed proprietary tools and processes we identify the hidden value and potential of the business.
The Edinburgh provides hospitality in the form of lunches and dinners seven days and nights in our restaurant, garden and Front bar. We have a number of function rooms in which we can cater for business meetings, wine tastings, weddings, and any for of family celebrations. Our award winning, independent Cellars are renowned for stocking many boutique wines, spirits and craft beers. We have a gaming room and still hold weekly “chook raffles” in our Front bar.
DECD Student Pathways fosters partnerships between business and schools that enhance student learning. By working with a school to contextualise curriculum and promote industry pathways, businesses can have a real impact on our young peoples learning and educational outcomes.
We are a Disability Employment Service assisting clients into employment, providing ongoing support to the client and employer.
•Rotary Book Exchange. Our major fundraiser since 1998, selling good quality second hand books. More Info
•Major Raffle. The club recently conducted a Major Raffle for a trip to Disneyland to the value of $6,000.
•The Yellow Brick Road. Each year our club earns money for members manning stations at the Royal Adelaide Show.
•Wine Sales. Thanks to the generosity of former members Jenny and Lindsay Booth, our club is able to raise funds from the sale wine donated from their McLaren Vale vineyard. Download Order Form
•Stratco BBQ. We have recently commenced BBQs at the new Stratco store on South Road at St. Marys.
Community and Environmental Projects
•Clean up Australia Day at Warriparinga Reserve.
•Calperum Station (near Renmark) revegetation project.
•ROBIN – Native Bird Nestboxes installed and monitored in Warriparinga Wetlands. More Info
•Meals on Wheels. In 2011 we celebrated our 50th year of assistance with this organisation, in particular the weekly provision of drivers for deliveries. Last year we donated and delivered fruit mince pies to the Meals on Wheels recipients.
Youth and Vocational Projects
•Industrial Visits – Members and partners recently visited Patritti Wines and the Marion State Aquatic Centre for behind the scenes tours.
•RYDA – Rotary Youth Driver Awareness. Our club co-ordinates a program which involves year 10 students in a day of road safety training.
•Long Term Youth Exchange. We sponsored Gabriella Gomez, who spent 12 months in Switzerland returning to Australia in January 2012.
•RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Award. Each year we sponsor a young adult to attend a week long leadership and personal development program at Nunyara Conference Centre in Belair.
•RYPEN – Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment. A similar program held over a weekend for secondary school students. We sponsored 2 students in 2011/12.
•Australian Business Week – Club members again assisted students at Emmaus College with this programme, where they plan to run and market small business.
•Mock Interviews – Rotarians hold mock interviews for students of Hamilton College in order to help prepare them for workforce interviews.
•Our club has funded the first of ten borewells in the small village of Ram Nager, Nepal, a new settlement into which the Nepali Government placed 400 displaced households, following the disastrous flash floods and landslides of 2008/2009, in the remote region. The inhabitants are mostly bonded labour people and constitute a very poor community. To provide good water to the settlement, there are only a few deep water wells installed. The local men, women and children are forced to use unclean stream water for drinking or wait for long periods of time to get access to clean water at the few water hand pumps utilised by the whole village. Another nine borewells are planned in 2012/13 with the assistance of a Humanitarian Grant from The Rotary Foundation.
In addition to the above projects, we have recently supported the following organisations financially:
•ANZAC Day Youth Vigil.
•Sturt Police Blue Light Program.
•Blind Sporting Council.
•Mary Potter Foundation.
•Geraldine Cox Foundation.
•The Rotary Foundation.
Damien Gallacher is the Business Development Manager – SA for Planet Ark Power. With a customer comes first attitude. Damien is dedicated to hard work and delivering what he promises, over the years this has seen Damien grow into an integral part of our business development team.
He comes from a background in management and sales, with over 20 years’ experience and exceptional customer services skills.
Planet Ark Power is a renewable energy engineering company focused on providing a total solution to save businesses on electricity costs and to help power a cleaner energy future.
As an engineering company we take a holistic approach to energy management. Our goal is to reduce businesses’ grid-supplied power costs by replacing this with clean solar power, battery storage and improved efficiency.
We focus on the commercial and industrial sectors and specifically commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, clubs, sporting facilities, manufacturing facilities and farms.
We started out as GoZERO Energy Pty Ltd but have joined forces with Planet Ark to create Planet Ark Power.
With an unrivaled depth of expertise including a team of 25 highly qualified engineers here in Australia, CEC accredited solar designers and RPEQs we have the know-how to help you manage energy costs.
MIMP Connecting Solutions is a South Australian owned company that specialises in the supply, installation and support of communications cabling and wireless networks. We are a flexible Adelaide based organisation with a country wide network of technicians trained to provide the best onsite and offsite service in the industry.
Established in June 1985, MIMP has provided and installed hundreds of communications systems throughout Australia. Major clients include the Adelaide Zoo, SA Heart, State and Local Government, Education, Health, Defence and large corporations.
Advanced Focus provides strategic advice, education and process engineering services that improve the effectiveness of existing or new operations. Our service offering spans operational business processes, systems, skills, facilities and technologies that allow the more efficient and effective manufacture and maintenance of key assets while enhancing capabilities. We serve as your trusted advisor to help you formulate and fine tune your strategies. We can also partner with you to help execute your strategy and deliver on your corporate and enterprise objectives.
With ‘automotive DNA’ in our blood, Advanced Focus understands the opportunity for the skills and ‘competitiveness’ from the automotive sector to translate and add genuine value into other sectors. When you work with us you benefit from our experience in designing and creating processes, systems and layouts for the most complex manufacturing and maintenance environments. The greatest value we create for our customers is to work closely with them help them to
provide the independent context, key resources and experienced approach to overcome the many barriers to change.
This approach has earned our company an enviable track record, as well as that all important vote of client confidence, repeat business.
Copycat Printing offers a complete range of business stationery and associated marketing products, using state of the art digital and offset presses.
Each client has their own personalised system where you can view and proof your new business card artwork instantly. This means production time for your printing is much faster!
To find out more or start your own online ordering phone (08)8397 2000
Creative Systems is an SA based commercial furniture retailer and manufacturer. We design office spaces, facilitate furniture solutions, service, repair and reconfigure commercial furniture.
Tom Clark is Workspace’s General Manager of Sales & Marketing. His main goals are to raise Workspace’s professional profile and strengthen the brand within the architecture and design community, as well as in the commercial market place. He brings to Workspace more than 10 years’ industry experience, where he has an expansive background working with clients nationally and internationally in roles ranging from director to national business development.
Tom also offers Workspace a unique perspective as an MBA graduate in Entrepreneurial Management. His solutions and strategies are dynamic and innovative, while he is closely involved in various business consultancies, advisory and networking associations to further promote the Workspace brand in a professional environment. Tom particularly enjoys the leadership and people development aspects of his role. He is dedicated to the continuing professional development of the industry and its stakeholders, and is proud to be a part of an Australian company with a fantastic story and value proposition.
One of Australia’s most respected manufacturers; Workspace Commercial Furniture commenced in 1911 and has continued to revolutionise for over 100 years to meet the changing needs of their clients and the market. Workspace is a leader in design and manufacture of commercial, educational, hospitality, health and aged care furniture specialising in project based solutions.
The company’s strength lies in its end to end service. Here, Workspace controls product design and development, planning, local manufacture, right through to despatch, freight and installation. Workspace works with its clients to achieve an industry leading turnkey service.
Paul Williams, Comace Pty Ltd, Managing Director
* Company founder in 1980
* Responsible Officer and oversees all business areas
* Specialises in:
– Business development and planning
– Marketing Strategy
– Mentoring and Coaching
* Sits on the National ASOFIA Council and is Jnr Vice President of ASOFIA (Australian Shop and Office Fitting Industry Association)
* Chair of ERBA (Edwardstown Region Business Association) elected for FY2012 and FY2012
* Member of ABA (Advisory Board of Australia)
* Member of The CEO Institute (Business Leaders connecting with peers)
* Member of TEC Alumni
* Subcontractors Committee member for the MBA (Master Builders Association)
Comace provides high quality commercial joinery and maintenance services.
From our base in Adelaide we serve South Australian businesses operating in the commercial, retail and institutional markets.
Since 1981 we have been involved in literally thousands of fit-out, renovation and maintenance projects.
Known as The Woodworks from 1981, Comace was renamed in 1992 and has gone from strength to strength. Now with a team of 25, 12 vehicles and a newly-expanded purpose-built factory in St Mary’s, Adelaide, we have earned our reputation as one of the leading joinery and maintenance firms in South Australia.
Ongoing maintenance contracts with Woolworths, Coles, K-Mart, Westfield and Centro have been established since 1989. The joinery division regularly works with major construction companies such as Hansen Yuncken, Badge Construction and SJ Weir to name a few. Our clients value the expertise of our people, the quality of our workmanship and our speed of response – a safe pair of hands you can trust. Loyalty and service is at the heart of the relationships we have with our clients, team and subcontractors.
The emphasis we place on quality has been recognised not only through our repeat clients but also through being awarded internationally-recognised certifications. This additional peace of mind means you can be confident you’re hiring a company with extremely high service standards and attention to detail in all areas, particularly in the area of safety and risk management.
Lucent Advisory is leading the way in revolutionising the current Accounting and HR landscape. Passionate about Small-To-Medium size enterprises (SME’s), we impact the lives of our business owners every day by providing outsourced Accounting, CFO and HR solutions that allow our clients to build the life and business of their dreams.
Established in 1926 by Giovanni Patritti, this historic five-star urban winery is owned and managed by the second and third generation – Giovanni’s children and grandchildren.
The Patritti family produces award-winning wines and non-alcoholic juices from South Australia’s best regions. The family owns two exceptional vineyards in the beautiful McLaren Vale region and craft their most exclusive red wines from these vines. They also produce a range of traditional and alternative varietal wines from the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and Adelaide’s oldest vineyard, the Marion Vineyard. Patritti craft a range of non-alcoholic, natural sparkling grape juices that are unique and highly sought-after in Australia and overseas. Patritti began exporting more than 40 years ago and their high quality wine and juice can be found in more than 15 countries world-wide.
I have a Associate Diploma of Electrical Engineering. I spent 15 years working in the electrical industry employed by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria in various locations and positions throughout Victoria.
I spent 20 years in franchising where I honed my customer service skills as a franchisee, master franchisee then employed by the franchisor.
I returned to the electrical industry in 2013.
Asset Test & tag provides a professional, personalised and friendly testing and tagging service to greater Adelaide.
We carry common spares and carry out minor repairs to keep the business going when any defects are found.
My after sales service is ongoing, where I contact my customers before their next test is due, ensuring that they remain complaint.