From strength to strength

Nu­mer­ous awards for busi­ness

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE | BUSINESS - Hi­lary Ruthven

THIS fam­ily-run busi­ness has gone above and be­yond on the Coast con­sec­u­tively win­ning the Queens­land Honda Dealer of the Year Award for the fourth time.

With goals to take home the Aus­tralian Honda Dealer for 2017, this lo­cal busi­ness started from hum­ble be­gin­nings when the fam­ily bought the Mooloolaba store in 2002.

Sun­shine Coast Mow­ers’ prin­ci­pal dealer Hay­den Cook said he took over the fam­ily busi­ness with his brother in 2013 and opened the sec­ond store in Caloun­dra a year later.

Mr Cook said it was the un­der­stand­ing and con­nec­tion with their cus­tomers that sep­a­rated Sun­shine Coast Mow­ers from other deal­er­ships.

“There are a lot of cus­tomers that we talk to and see reg­u­larly,” he said.

“We have the bond I sup­pose, when you know them and they know you.”

But he didn’t al­ways pic­ture his work lean­ing to­wards the small en­gines and mowing in­dus­try.

Mr Cook said he was al­ways in­ter­ested in “en­gines and ma­chines” af­ter grow­ing up on acreage, but he wanted to leave high school and pur­sue a ca­reer in the car in­dus­try.

“I was in Year 10 and want­ing to leave school and start an ap­pren­tice­ship in the me­chan­i­cal in­dus­try,” he said.

“I was want­ing to work within the mo­tor car in­dus­try but af­ter reg­is­ter­ing with a group train­ing com­pany, the op­por­tu­nity to work with small en­gines came about.

“I was a lit­tle hes­i­tant to be­gin with not know­ing if the in­dus­try of out-door power equip­ment had the op­por­tu­ni­ties I was seek­ing.”

Sun­shine Coast mow­ers stocks “nearly 100%” of Honda prod­ucts rang­ing from Lawn Mow­ers, Brush-cut­ters, Leaf Blow­ers, Wa­ter Pumps to Gen­er­a­tors, Lawn Edgers and re­place­ment En­gines.

Mr Cook said cus­tomers love the prod­ucts be­cause of their prac­ti­cal­ity, low emis­sions, re­li­a­bil­ity and five-year ex­tended war­ranty on se­lected items.

For more, visit www.sunsh in­ecoast­mow­ers.com.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PROUD AS PUNCH: The hard-work­ing team at Sun­shine Coast Mow­ers.

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