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Sergio Alderuccio

Alderuccio Franchising & Growth

Sergio has been self-employed his entire career as a business owner, a franchisee and a franchisor. He understand that running a business doesn’t come without significant life pressures.

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Leo Vargiu, Vargiu Accountants

Leo Vargiu

Vargiu Accountants

Leo has been practicing as an accountant for over 30 years. He founded Vargiu Accountants in 1991 and has remained the Principal and overseen the firm’s steady growth since then.

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Learn from the success of some of the brightest in the business!

We want to inspire you to expand your thinking, your aspirations and network with some of the brightest in the business!

Q&A With Fabio Angele (Brunetti)

Fabio Angele is a co-owner of the iconic Brunetti Caffe business. The Brunetti brand has grown into one of the largest and best known food emporiums in the Southern Hemisphere, with Fabio and his brother and co-owner Yuri adopting a very hands on approach to business, that sees them both involved on a daily basis in driving and shaping the business.

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  • The Challenges of Running a Growing a Family Business

    Fabio Angele of the iconic Brunetti coffee business on how establishing an organisational structure with clear communication lines fosters clarity, growth and durability.

  • The Lavazza Coffee Family Succession Model

    The Lavazza coffee dynasty’s unconventional family succession model.

  • How Brunetti’s Build and Manage a Strong Team

    Creating a positive work environment and culture is essential to building a strong team.

  • Brunetti On the Importance of Systems and Structure

    “Staff want to be guided and they want structure.”

  • Communication Remains the Essential Ingredient

    With over 500 staff, communicating with the Brunetti team has always been a key critical daily task.

  • Brunetti’s, Keeping the Passion Alive

    “I have never counted a till in my life, believe it or not.”

  • The Importance of Knowing Your Numbers, even if You Don’t Love Numbers

    Every business needs to know its numbers, if it wants to prosper.

  • Fabio Angele of the prominent Brunetti group on Motivating Staff

    “Creating the right culture and work environment is a strong and sustainable staff motivator.”

    Q&A With Christine Metcalfe (The Ark Clothing Co.)

    Christine is one of the founding directors of The Ark Clothing Co., established in 1990. After completing a diploma in fashion, Christine headed up the Fashion Design department at Footscray Secondary College, before establishing a small childrenswear label, Le Kids. The label took off and during this time, a chance meeting with another creative spirit Jenny Layton resulted in the founding of Oz Ark, (children’s label) later to become The Ark Clothing label, (womens wear).

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    • How to Make a Partnership Work

      Christine Metcalfe, co-founder and former owner of The Ark Clothing Co., on the importance of defining job roles in order to build a sustainable partnership and successful business.

    • Philanthropy and Company Culture

      Christine Metcalfe, co-founder and former owner of The Ark Clothing Co., on philanthropy and how giving back can positively shape your company culture.

    • Developing a Unique Culture

      Christine Metcalfe, co-founder and former owner of The Ark Clothing Co., on developing an authentic and sustainable culture.

    • Clarity is Power

      Christine Metcalfe, co-founder and former owner of The Ark Clothing Co., on why being clear about who your customer is, and how to best serve them, is key to building a successful retail business.

    • Getting Staff Engagement

      Christine Metcalfe, co-founder and former owner of The Ark Clothing Co., on how to engage your staff, ensuring a committed and loyal team.

    • Learning to Let Go

      Christine Metcalfe, co-founder and former owner of The Ark Clothing Co., on the importance of handing over the reins and empowering others to develop in order for your business to grow.

      Q&A With Graham Stewart (ABS Brakes)

      Graham Stewart is a self-made businessman who left school at 15 to build a national retailer, Auto Brake Service (ABS), which turned over in excess of $150 million per year and was eventually sold to a public company.

      Listen to Sergio Alderuccio talk to Graham Stewart about how freeing his schedule and changing his focus allowed him to grow his business from a local brake service operator to a national retailer turning over in excess of $150 million per year.

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      • Franchising

        Learn about the benefits and scalability of franchising your business from Graham Stewart, a self-made businessman who applied franchising to build Auto Brake Service (ABS) into a national retail and wholesale business turning over in excess of $150 million per year, which he later sold to a public company.

      • Creating a Senior Management Team

        Listen to Sergio Alderuccio talk to Graham Stewart about the importance of creating a capable and committed leadership team so that you can be released to focus on growing your business.

        Working hard is vital in establishing a business, but there comes a point where you need to work smarter, not harder, so that you can transition from running the business to growing the business. To achieve this you need to have the right people in place to release you from the daily grind of getting tied down in the operations.

      • Freeing Yourself To Grow Your Business

        The big rewards come from taking a strategic role rather than an operational role. With the right people and systems in place, you can switch your focus to analysing information, performance and service, which are the cornerstones of growing the competitiveness and value of your business.

      • The Value of Seeking Sound Advice

        Even if you receive answers you already know, it can be an invaluable assurance for major business decisions. Surrounding yourself with talented people, both internally and externally, is often the domain of bigger companies, but it equally applies to smaller businesses that want to grow their size and profits.

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