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