Mak­ing a splash in the Tweed

Lo­cal pool busi­ness wins na­tional ex­cel­lence award

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Ais­ling Brennan ais­ling.brennan@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

THERE’S noth­ing bet­ter than swim­ming in the pool on a hot sum­mer day.

Tweed busi­ness Swimart di­rec­tor Dean Webb said the spe­cialised pool and spa re­tail store of­fered Tweed res­i­dents Aus­tralian made prod­ucts per­fect for the back­yard.

The eight-year-old store re­cently won the Queens­land Hot Shot of the Year and Aus­tralasian Hot Shot of the Year at an awards cer­e­mony in Hong Kong.

We chat with Dean about his plans for the fu­ture:

What do you most en­joy about op­er­at­ing your own busi­ness?

I have owned and op­er­ated nu­mer­ous busi­nesses over the last 20 years mostly in Syd­ney.

I en­joy cre­at­ing busi­nesses from scratch. There was no Swimart Tweed Heads un­til I opened the doors in Novem­ber 2013.

We have gone from $0 in 2013 to over $1m in sales in 2016-17 and grow­ing. That’s what I love about

own­ing/cre­at­ing some­thing from noth­ing.

What’s the big­gest chal­lenge in op­er­at­ing a busi­ness in Tweed?

No chal­lenge com­pared to Syd­ney. I love the Tweed, we live in the best part of the world.

What’s the big­gest ad­van­tage in op­er­at­ing a busi­ness in Tweed?

It’s a grow­ing area, there are hun­dreds of new pools go­ing into the lo­cal area year on year and this will con­tinue for years to come which will pro­vide enor­mous re­peat busi­ness for years.

This is what I iden­ti­fied more than eight years ago. So an ex­cit­ing idea I had eight years ago has been so suc­cess­ful. The area is ex­plod­ing.

What are your fu­ture plans for the busi­ness?

The plan for Swimart is sim­ple, con­tinue the growth of our award win­ning pool and spa re­tail store, pro­vide the Tweed lo­cals a one-stop pool and spa store.

We pro­vide lo­cals with jobs and sup­port lo­cal fam­i­lies with job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

We have se­cured an­other new busi­ness ven­ture for 2018 and again a new start-up busi­ness which will be in the The Com­mons at Ca­sua­r­ina cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion and open­ing early 2018.

We plan to set up an F45 gym in this new com­mer­cial space. If I know any­thing about the lo­cals they love their health and fit­ness. F45 is a global brand, and the fastest grow­ing fran­chise in Aus­tralia and the Tweed Coast lo­cals will love it.

PHOTO: SCOTT DAVIS

SWIM: Dean Webb from Swimart Tweed Heads, mak­ing a splash in busi­ness by win­ning nu­mer­ous awards.

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