71 episodes

Tradie Avant Garde exists to Transform Tradieology. Together we are creating a Tradie community that inspires Tradies and their businesses to visualise and then realise their full potential. The Innovative Tradies Club community connects you with Experts, Partners & Industry Leaders all committed to supporting you and your Tradie business by simplifying the business part of business.

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Tradie Avant Garde exists to Transform Tradieology. Together we are creating a Tradie community that inspires Tradies and their businesses to visualise and then realise their full potential. The Innovative Tradies Club community connects you with Experts, Partners & Industry Leaders all committed to supporting you and your Tradie business by simplifying the business part of business.

    Tradie Avant Garde - Real Business Group - Jane Challinor

    Tradie Avant Garde - Real Business Group - Jane Challinor

    In this show Ash & JW are joined by Jane Challinor, Chief of Strategy, Real Business Group.

    Jane Challinor is one of Australia’s leading business advisors and trainers, with more than 30 years’ experience in business strategy, growth and execution across all industries ranging from motivated start-ups to working with businesses in excess of $100M turnover. She has founded, developed and sold over 12 successful businesses to date, using a proven methodology that has transformed hundreds of her clients’ businesses in Australia, USA and UK.

    The foundation of Jane’s success lies in practical strategies that get results fast. At a certain stage of growth, many Tradie business owners find themselves caught in a classic bind between managing everyday operations and securing long-term, profitable growth. When you’re struggling through a sea of daily firefighting tasks, it’s easy to forget one uncomfortable truth: unless you have a business that can already work without you, it’s essentially worthless. Jane has an outstanding track record of helping company owners avoid this trap and secure a path to sustainable long-term growth and ongoing profitability.

    Jane’s recipe for long-term success is simple, drive rapid iterative improvement across every operational aspect of the Tradie businesses, boosting customer loyalty and radically improving service and product quality along the way. Her clients often double or triple the profitability of their business in less than 12 months, without pressure on internal resources. She has a laser focus on strategy, with plans that keep business owners accountable and help them develop the skills they need to achieve their goals.

    Jane’s depth of knowledge is unparalleled, with training in every area of business including sales, marketing, leadership, human resources, business strategy and finance. Whether it’s a start up or established business, Jane works with business owners to refine every detail from the ground up, to ensure the business is both efficient and profitable.

    You will enjoy the insights that Jane shares around current and emerging trends impacting the industry and how these may be influencing Tradie businesses with great tips and tricks to encourage you and your business to be better prepared to build a stronger Tradie business foundation and set yourself up to be operating a spectacular and profitable Tradie business into the future.

    Join us @ https://innovativetradies.club/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InnovativeTradies

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/innovativetradies/

    Got a question for Jane? email it to us at: connect@innovativetradies.club


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    • 28 min
    Tradie Avant Garde - Toolbox Talk - Private Clients Services

    Tradie Avant Garde - Toolbox Talk - Private Clients Services

    We have the pleasure of having David McGarGill Managing Director,  Luke Robertson Directors of Mortgages join us again for our first Toolbox Talk.

    During our catch up in show #15 we discussed current trends impacting financial services and the real benefits of using experts in helping you with personalised solutions for your individual and business finance. Talk through the types of loans and services that will best meet your needs, some great tips and tricks to getting your personal and business finances in order. How change has transformed the finance industry and really focusing on the importance of setting up your finances from the very start.

    During this show we really focus on the most current situation and the emerging trends in the financial environment.

    Private Client Services Australia Pty Ltd is a well-established company with over 100 years of combined experience among the team. This experience will give you the satisfaction of knowing you are dealing with professionals who know their industry.

    They have been assisting Tradie businesses, individuals and companies with their financing needs for over 15 years and have built a company with a compelling reputation that can be relied upon.

    All Tradies that run their Tradie business need to hear what David has to share around the most current trends in the financial and loan market that might help you make better decisions on what steps you might want to take and encourage you to get advice that is best for you and your needs.

    Join us @ https://innovativetradies.club/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InnovativeTradies

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/innovativetradies/

    Got a question for David? email it to us at: connect@innovativetradies.club


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    • 15 min
    Tradie Avant Garde - Tips & Tricks - Craig Herden - De Jonge Read

    Tradie Avant Garde - Tips & Tricks - Craig Herden - De Jonge Read

    In this show Ash & JW are joined by Craig Herden, Strategist De Jonge Read - Specialist Business Consultants. To start with Craig, explain how financial pressure can be debilitating. The stress, the pressure, the fear of losing everything - it can be hard to think clearly. The way forward can look so confusing, so many different unfamiliar terms and jargon, it can seem like people are talking a different language.

    A Tradie businesses it is all about managing cashflow and this is one the biggest issues facing Tradie businesses when the working capital and cashflow is not as it should be and does lead into problems that can escalate quickly if not addressed.



    Craig then goes into detail about how insolvency advice with De Jonge Read works when facing financial difficulties, it is important to get comprehensive advice that is practical enough to act on. We understand all the options you have available and will give you clear, independent, no-nonsense advice. Everything from small business debt restructuring, business restructures, creditor negotiations, liquidation, voluntary administrations to personal asset protection and bankruptcy – we can help you navigate the minefield of insolvency to ensure you get the best outcome possible.

    It all starts with a conversation about what you want to achieve so a comprehensive strategy to address your individual circumstances can be tailor made – all at no upfront cost and with no obligation.



    Dealing with insolvency matters can be like playing a game where everyone knows the rules except you. Our team are here to help level the playing field. We will guide you every step of the way and provide that personal support that people need when facing difficult circumstances.

    All Tradies that run their Tradie business need to hear what Craig has to share business set up, business restructure, debt restructure and DOCA, controlled exit, informal negotiations, finance options and asset protection strategies. You will be impressed with the relaxed way Craig talks us through all the options and how and why they exist.

    Join us @ https://innovativetradies.club/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InnovativeTradies

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/innovativetradies/

    Got a question for Craig? email it to us at: connect@innovativetradies.club


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    • 32 min
    Tradie Avant Garde - Tradie Tales - Radmila Desic AM & NAWIC

    Tradie Avant Garde - Tradie Tales - Radmila Desic AM & NAWIC

    In this show Ash & JW are joined by Radmila Desic AM, Past NAWIC National Director and National Vice President, currently NAWIC QLD – Women on Tools and NAWIC Life Member and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2021 Honours List for her significant service to women in the construction industry, and to unemployed youth.

    We have an outstanding catch up with Radmila (Rad) and start out hearing about Rad’s story about her journey as a Tradie in carpentry and joinery and the experiences she had as a woman in this Tradie environment. Rad shares the feeling of empowerment and positivity of seeing the results of the hard work as a Tradie on those job sites. As Rad matured during the trade apprenticeship and sharing her story with other women found many wished they had made similar decisions and didn’t realise it was an option and found so many thought it wasn’t a career for women and the start of her passion and motivation for driving positive change and encouraging more women to enter into building and construction careers.

    Rad also shares how she and her husband come from non English speaking backgrounds and tradies who worked hard in the beginning before starting their family and Rad by choice leaving the trade to raise their family but stills holds the passion for the tools, trade and helping out family and friends still today. We talk about the amazing passion and commitment to voluntary work with NAWIC to make a real difference, opening more doors for women, encouraging women to take up the opportunities in Tradie roles, breaking down the stereotypes and advocating across government and industry in the mission of increasing participation.

    Rad takes us through all the initiatives, support and activities that she and NAWIC are doing to promote, encourage and engage women into building and construction roles. We also talk about the mentoring and support that they are providing women and the diversity and culture initiatives to help change the fixed mindsets. They are also working with men in the trade with programs to help drive the change, diversity and create new thinking about the recruitment and support in being inclusive leaders in this important change program.

    We cover to much to mention here, but promise you will love the insights Rad shares and you will find her passion, enthusiasm and energy is infectious. You will also quickly come to understand why she has been recognised with the Order of Australia medal earlier this year. If you are looking for a role-model in building and construction, you’ve just found it.

    Join us @ https://innovativetradies.club/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InnovativeTradies

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/innovativetradies/

    Got a question for Radmila? email it to us at: connect@innovativetradies.club


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    • 31 min
    Tradie Avant Garde - Tips & Tricks - Bambrick Legal

    Tradie Avant Garde - Tips & Tricks - Bambrick Legal

    In this show Ash & JW are joined by Suzi Cengarle Senior Associate of Bambrick Legal

    Suzi shares her journey in various business roles that ultimately led to her completing her Law degree we briefly touch on the successful services Suzi has completed for her clients. For those of you thinking about studying as a mature aged student there is sure to be some inspiration from Suzi has to share.

    When then focus on the Law and what that Bambrick legal as a firm covers all service including commercial and civil litigation. Suzi takes us through what these services are and why you might need to use them. We chat about migration law, family law, estate planning and Suzi explains that they cover all aspects of law.

    We then look at the more specific needs of Tradies and the legal options for how you might need to consider setting up your business and the protections you need to consider to protect you and your assets. Bambrick give some specific options for how you might structure your business and protect assets in the event things go wrong. Suzi also shares how setting up the right paperwork and flow is important for Tradies including contracts and how you use these within your business including Terms & Conditions , employment contracts, Service contracts etc.

    When then explore companies versus trusts and how this is a conversation you need to have to ensure you set up the business in a way that best meets your current and future needs. Bambrick legal cover the country and can help tradies with their individual and business needs as well as offering Innovative Tradies Club members with a great service. You will enjoy Suzi’s clear and relaxed insights into the law and how Bambrick Legal can help.

    Join us @ https://innovativetradies.club/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InnovativeTradies

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/innovativetradies/

    Got a question for Suzi? email it to us at: connect@innovativetradies.club


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    • 35 min
    Tradie Avant Garde - Tradie Tales - iElectrical & Communications

    Tradie Avant Garde - Tradie Tales - iElectrical & Communications

    In this show Ash & JW are joined by Matt Downie, Director and Founder of iElectrical and Communications

    We have an excellent chat with Matt about his journey from apprentice electrician through to award winning business owner with iElectrical based in Adelaide, South Australia.

    Matt talks about how he almost become a carpenter before accepting and apprenticeship with Watters Electrical who were the major sponsor of Matt’s Footy Club, Sturt at the time. We talk about how owning a business was something Matt always had the motivation and ambition to achieve and with the support of his wife decided to make the jump from employee to business owner. You will hear a familiar story of Matt subbying in the start for a few days a week as he built his own customer base and operating as a sole trader.

    Matt shares the important lessons and experience he gained form Watters and the other Tradie businesses he worked with before making the jump and how his internal drive was a big factor in giving it a crack. iElectrical has been operating for just 5 years and currently employs 18 Tradies with a focus on 2 teams supporting Projects & Service.

    Matt shares great insights into managing the current business environment, impacts to growth, supply chain and material costs in the current market. We spend time talking about the importance of people, recruiting, the right people and culture needed for iElectrical. Matt shares how nurturing and servicing the iElectrical customers needs are important to success and the team need to be able to bring value to those needs. Being organised, motivated, having pride and loving what they do have been a real key to identifying and bringing new employees into the business.

    Matt continues to provide great insights into brand, image and social media as critical success factors for iElectrical and how this has evolved over the last 5 years. Matt and iElectrical has recently been recognised with Awards including Top 40 businesses under 40 and then awarded South Australia’s Top Sparky by the Advertiser News Group. Matt explains how these awards are really recognition of the entire team and that Jack their apprentice was awarded Apprentice of the Year in the recent NECA SA Awards of which Matt is most proud. Matt does share how these awards are good for building business confidence and creating awareness with clients and prospective clients.

    If you are Tradie looking to start your own Tradie business or have been in business for a few years you will get some great tips, tricks and insights from what Matt has to share and sure to help you with Marketing, Branding, People, Customers, Relationships, Networking, Operations and even more.

    Join us @ https://innovativetradies.club/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InnovativeTradies

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/innovativetradies/

    Got a question for Matt? email it to us at: connect@innovativetradies.club


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    • 36 min

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