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Text: Ready for Growth. Business Victoria.
Vision: View of Edwina talking with one of her employees.
Edwina Walsh - Assembled Threads
I’ve been in the rag trade my whole career. I’m a very passionate product developer, so worked for big-box retailers and we were travelling more and more to Bangladesh and I could see the working conditions there, and it made me wonder what had happened to our local manufacturing industry in Victoria.
Vision: View of Edwina and employee looking at finished garment. View of person at sewing machine working. View of Assembled Threads signage on window. View of employees working, close-up view of thread.
Assembled Threads is an employment-focused social enterprise. It’s a manufacturing hub where we’ve actually recruited, mostly women from refugee - migrant backgrounds who have a passion for sewing.
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We have this really great artisan talent coming in from our migrant - refugee populations. I thought I could match that with product development and get the team up to speed really quickly.
Text: Benefits to business through Ready for Growth.
For me the Ready for Growth Program provided strategic counselling and coaching.
Vision: View of Edwina sitting at desk with her computer and talking with Helen from BDO
When you’re running a business yourself you are so deep into it and you’re doing five jobs, one person. You don’t actually take enough time out to solve the bigger strategic questions.
Text: An expert Growth Facilitator matched to your business.
It was really great working with BDO’s Growth Facilitator.
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Helen - BDO Growth Facilitator
Hi Helen, how are you?
I’m good thanks. So, how have things been?
And I found that talking to Helen gave me headspace to just talk about some of those bigger issues, get some experienced feedback, was really convenient.
Vision: View of Edwina working at desk. Close-up view of Assembled Threads brochure. View of Helen on the computer speaking with Edwina. View of employees working.
Helen was great because she gave me different options on how I could bring expertise into the business and raised the idea of building an advisory group, that’s a really key way to actually build that expertise around you.
Vision: View of Edwina talking with one of her employees. Close-up view of clothes tags on garments.
I think the program has really helped me to focus on where we want to go in the future and to really focus on building our productivity in key areas.
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The program was really helpful in making me think more as a business strategist as opposed to a product developer.
Text: To help your business get ready for growth, register your interest in the program. Visit: business.vic.gov.au/readyforgrowth. Business Victoria.
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