Video transcript: Social enterprise has designs for future growth

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Text: Ready for Growth. Business Victoria.

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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.

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Edwina Walsh

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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Edwina Walsh

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.

Edwina Walsh

For me the Ready for Growth Program provided strategic counselling and coaching.

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Edwina Walsh

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.

Edwina Walsh

It was really great working with BDO’s Growth Facilitator.

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Helen - BDO Growth Facilitator

Hi Edwina.

Edwina Walsh

Hi Helen, how are you?


I’m good thanks. So, how have things been?

Edwina Walsh

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.

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Edwina Walsh

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.

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Edwina Walsh

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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Edwina Walsh

The program was really helpful in making me think more as a business strategist as opposed to a product developer.

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