Com­mu­nity is king for Dodts

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

MORE than two decades in the busi­ness has taught the Dodts at Ir­rigear Lowood that when it comes to run­ning a small busi­ness, your com­mu­nity is king.

Garry and Robyn Dodt set up shop as Lowood Ir­ri­ga­tion Pty Ltd in April 1994 and have con­tin­ued trad­ing as a fam­ily-owned busi­ness with son Ash­ley Dodt and daugh­ter Carly Bichel, bring­ing in a slew of in­dus­try awards and ac­co­lades over the years.

Ash­ley be­lieved their suc­cess to come from the per­sonal con­nec­tion the team has with many of their cus­tomers.

“We’re def­i­nitely proud to see all the ef­fort we put in recog­nised na­tion­ally and the com­mu­nity can feel that ex­per­tise and knowl­edge,” he said.

“We do have that per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with the cus­tomers; we know who they are when they come in and we call them by name.

“Of­ten we know what they


want even though they might not know what they want.”

This con­nec­tion is kept alive through the Dodts’ con­tri­bu­tions to var­i­ous causes, in­clud­ing can­cer re­search and the Lowood Rugby Club.

“It’s our way of giv­ing back and help­ing the peo­ple who make up our com­mu­nity,” Carly said.

“Of course, can­cer does af­fect a lot of peo­ple’s lives, so that’s al­ways some­thing we try to com­mit to rais­ing money for.”

Find the store at 35 Michel Street, or phone on 5426 2177.


FAM­ILY BUSI­NESS: Garry and Robyn Dodt, who started the busi­ness in 1994, pic­tured with Carly and Daniel Bichel.

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