‘The Weekend Lo­cal’ – 2017 Mi­cro Busi­ness Of The Year Fi­nal­ist

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An In­ter­view with Dayle Tame – Owner of the ‘Weekend Lo­cal’

Why did you get in­volved in/start your busi­ness?

In 2014, I was for­tu­nate to pur­chase a quirky, gor­geous small busi­ness which had been oper­at­ing for five years. At this time, the ad­join­ing larger shop be­came va­cant, giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand. My main at­trac­tion to the busi­ness was the ethos of qual­ity food sourced from lo­cal pro­duc­ers, as­sur­ing min­i­mal food miles. The ma­jor­ity of my life has been in re­gional Vic­to­ria, grow­ing our own food or sourc­ing it lo­cally, so the busi­ness is an ex­ten­sion of my per­sonal val­ues and prac­tices.

What is the most en­joy­able as­pect of your busi­ness/job?

Def­i­nitely the peo­ple; my amaz­ing, ded­i­cated and tal­ented staff, my loyal and new cus­tomers, my fam­ily and friends who sup­port me along the way and the rap­port I es­tab­lish with my sup­pli­ers. It is heart­en­ing to talk to cus­tomers who have cho­sen to take the exit off the free­way in search of a health­ier al­ter­na­tive to fast food, par­tic­u­larly young fam­i­lies. I love to hear their feed­back about what an un­ex­pect­edly beau­ti­ful town Eu­roa is and to see them re­turn.

What are the big­gest chal­lenges you face?

The big­gest chal­lenges I face with my busi­ness are fi­nan­cial is­sues. The bur­den of over­heads for a small busi­ness in Aus­tralia is enor­mous; rent, rates, wages, su­per­an­nu­a­tion, GST, PAYG, Work Cover, in­surance, elec­tric­ity, bank fees, ac­count­ing fees and so on.

Along with the bur­den of over­heads is the im­mi­nent fi­nan­cial threat cre­ated by the estab­lish­ment of like busi­nesses within our small main street. When these busi­nesses com­mence trad­ing, there must surely be a fi­nan­cial im­pact on ex­ist­ing busi­nesses. I only hope that we can all sur­vive.

What op­por­tu­ni­ties would help you to grow your busi­ness?

My busi­ness has grown in the three years I have owned it. How­ever, if other like busi­nesses are per­mit­ted to open within Bin­ney Street, I am con­cerned about how much my busi­ness can con­tinue to grow.

A pos­si­bil­ity of grow­ing my busi­ness could be in de­vel­op­ing an on­line store for my re­gional pro­duce, thereby reach­ing out to cus­tomers out­side of our town. This could pro­vide an ex­tra di­men­sion to my busi­ness. Plans for the fu­ture? My plan for the fu­ture is to con­tinue to do what we do re­ally well, con­sis­tently and al­ways with smiles. I will con­tinue to source new qual­ity prod­ucts, show­cas­ing what our re­gional farm­ers are pro­duc­ing. I will also con­tinue to of­fer lo­cal peo­ple lo­cal work in a pos­i­tive and vi­brant work­place.

QUAL­ITY FOOD FROM LO­CAL PRO­DUC­ERS: ‘Weekend Lo­cal’ owner Dayle Tame con­tin­ues to source qual­ity prod­ucts for her cus­tomers, show­cas­ing what our re­gional farm­ers are pro­duc­ing.

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