Kwik Kerb Gives Away a Success!
In May 2012, Michael Wyvill, General Manager at Kwik Kerb was inspired by an act of generosity he saw on Channel 7’s Today Tonight, where a panel beater in country Victoria decided to give away his business to someone affected by all the recent layoffs in the auto industry. Michael thought this was an act worth emulating and decided to offer a Kwik Kerb system to a worthy recipient doing it tough somewhere in Australia.
Today Tonight were more than happy to maintain the generosity of businesses and the offer went to air on the 1st of May 2012. Kwik Kerb received over 700 entries from people all across the country and although there were many deserving candidates, a young woman, Peggy Willcox, from Penrith in Western Sydney was chosen as the recipient of the Kwik Kerb business package.
On the 31st of May 2012, Peggy and her husband Sean had a complete shock during an interview by Today Tonight about them being short listed for the business give away, when around the corner comes Michael with the new Kwik Kerb trailer package. “We were really surprised, which I think Mike saw when he came with the trailer. Even with the TV crew there we really were not expecting it, it was such a huge surprise.”
Peggy and Sean were flown to Brisbane for Training in June and were able to start their new business on the 25th of June 2012. Just recently, Kwik Kerb’s Marketing Manager interviewed Peggy about how she was finding being a business owner, some of her comments included:
“We definitely feel a lot more in control of our life now, not having to constantly worry about if our job will still be there in a month.”
“We have so much work on at the moment that we are booked up a month in advance and that is what it was like last month as well.”
“I never imagined that when we started that it would take off so quickly, that in four months we would be completely booked out.”
“It really is a job where you get out what you put in, if you sit there and don’t do anything then you would get a few enquiries from people seeing the trailer but if you just put in a little bit more effort of say an hour a day then you really notice the difference.”
“I think the fact that we are four months in and have already hired our first employee speaks for itself.”
“Hopefully within the next year we will be able to have two trailers up and running.”
“You hear so many stories of businesses failing within the first year, there is absolutely no way we could fail if we keep going like this or even if our turnover decreases by 50% we would still be successful.”
“I have seen some of the questions on the internet asking whether it is worth it with the start up cost. I would say definitely, it has been great for us and has provided our family’s income from day one. The Kwik Kerb brand alone is such a valuable part of the business which I think people forget about when they are weighing up their options.”