I am amazed by the diversity and skill of Tasmanian businesses.
Currently I am a coach for the Tasmanian Government funded Digital Ready program. I am coaching fourteen businesses across Northern Tasmania. And their skill, attitude and products/services are truly inspiring.
I think they are that inspiring that they all deserve a free plug here.
What makes them amazing and inspiring? Each one of them has something unique, that makes them special and giving them each a unique selling proposition.
I am going to give you a couple of line on each of them, but you can click on their business names and you will go to their webpage or Facebook page. Please check out their pages and like their businesses
Who are they?
– Lawson Homes
Building high quality homes for owners, completing that special dream of a new home for families for more than two decades. Being in the domestic home building business in Tasmania is not all that common.
– Tamar Valley Art Shack (Facebook) or on the web
Multi award winning artist in residence Dan Villiers and his wide Anne have created an idyllic gallery on the banks of the Tamar River at Clarence Point.
– Birrelli art + design + architecture (Facebook) or on the web
Rebecca and Jack Birrell offer clients unique solutions to their design, architecture and art projects.
Rebecca’s impressive, award winning portfolio of design and art includes multiple awards for some of Tasmania’s most recognised brands, including, J Boag & Son, Tamar Ridge Wines, Pierre’s Restaurant, Metro Tasmania, to name but a few.
Not to be outdone by his talented wife, Jack has provided end to end architect and project management for projects across Australia. Renowned for having projects completed within budget and in front of time schedules has seen Jack being awarded many awards. He is the only architect in Australia to ever be awarded the Disability Access and Inclusion National Disability Service Awarding.
– Langdale Farm (Facebook) or one the web
From the family owned farm, Ollie and Fiona are one of the few suppliers in Tasmania to supply nitrate free, free range pork products.
What a surprise this business is. Researching, designing and manufacturing Education Posters covering Maths, English, Science, Social Science and Legal Studies.
With customers from across the globe, Graphic education provides teachers and other educators with unique, time-saving resources by facilitating students’ conceptual development in an exciting way.
- Poster sets developed around a concept or set of related concepts.
- Periodic tables
- Maps – World and country maps available in different sizes and on a variety of media.
The range is expanding and now totals well over a thousand posters.
– Killiecrankie Farm Nursery & Christmas Tree Farm (Facebook) or one the web
Environmental Scientist Lee and her husband Chris established Tasmania’s first Christmas tree farm. They selected a species of tree that not only gives the perfect Christmas Tree, but it is also fast growing, allowing for crop rotations, ensuring that the process is sustainable on multiple levels. Look out for Christmas in July on the farm, where you can choose your tree for Christmas and literally put your name on it, so you can come and cut it yourself in December, for that unique Griswald experience.
The perennial nursery, more like a plant farm than a nursery, only grows tough plants. Lee guarantees that providing you plant you plants quickly (not leaving them in the car for days) and make sure they get a drink, that your plant will not die. Check out the website for the range of plants Lee grows.
– Cocoon Living (Facebook)
Offering handmade gifts and jewellery from her Launceston CBD store, Amanda beautifully wraps that special present. When I am in there, I get t impression that Amanda loves her stock so much she would like to take the stock home as much as she would sell it. Lovely to see someone with so much love and care for the things they sell.
– Shearwater Gourmet Butchery (Facebook)
Award winning butcher Scott, knows his meat. Selling Tasmanian produce, purchased direct from the farmer where he can. Scott has nearly fifty different flavours of sausages that rotates through the shop.
Scott demands quality, he simply will not sell product that is not 100% right. Accredited to standards smaller butchers normally consider too hard, further enhances the reputation that the store has for quality.
– Fiona Stocker Boutique Communications (Facebook) or on the web
Specialising in the written word, Fiona helps your businesses to look and feel polished and professional through words.
Fiona writes original material in a style to suite any business, or she can fine-tune or edit material you already have.
– Hatherley Birrell Collection (Facebook) or on the web
A collection of boutique art accommodation situated within the vibrant heart of Launceston City. Accommodation, art and design fusion developed by Rebecca and Jack Birrell, artist, graphic designer and architect team from Birrelli art + design + architecture. Hatherley Birrell Collection is an outstanding boutique art hotel, featuring contemporary and original artwork, architectural and design elements, this luxury art accommodation offers a highly individual and exceptionally stylish experience.
Tasmanian Gourmet Hampers (Facebook) or on the web
Run by the pommie foodie, Susanne, packaging a variety of high quality Tasmanian goods and then selling them in a hamper. Targeting the corporate market her ability to supply regionally relevant hampers is a welcome boost to many Tasmanian business owners.
Not satisfied with putting together great hampers Susanne has recently started Modo Mio Naked. Where she makes the best brownies in Tasmania (I know from personal sampling), using high quality ingredients, premium Tasmanian couverture chocolate blended with organic spelt flour, local free range eggs and Tasmanian butter, they are more than a little addictive!
Beautiful Isle Wines
A newly established Tamar Valley wine brand from a multi-generational Tasmanian wine family. Blending varieties to create a lovely vibrant and fun wine that offers very good value. This is a drop to look out for soon. One of the benefits of coaching is that we sometimes get to sample the product, this is one I am glad I could taste.
Robert Tucker Piano Service
Robert offers statewide and often interstate service. He tunes, repairs, rebuilds, moves and sells pianos and pianolas. Looking after some of the most interesting instruments in the state, Robert offers onsite tuning and repair. Or can return to his workshop where required.
Rent a cycle (Backpacker Equipment Hire)
Hiring bikes and camping gear to people wanting experience the real Tasmanian outdoors. The owner Doug has over forty years in the Tasmanian tourism industry. I don’t know anyone who has been in tourism longer, do you?
The Silent Group Member
The last member of the coaching group is an interesting project that involves, an idea that could see a unique product in the I.T. area, due to intellectual property protection I won’t say too much about this person, other than to say I am truly excited about the prospects for the project.
If you are a small business in Tasmania would like to participate in the Digital Ready Program, make sure you register for the next round.