Sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity an im­por­tant part of busi­ness

Whitsunday Times - - FEATURE | WOMEN IN BUSINESS -

HANNY Spence knows all about lo­cal busi­ness and its many benefits to in­di­vid­ual shop­pers and the com­mu­nity.

As a fam­ily busi­ness, LEW (Le­ich­hardt Elec­tri­cal Whole­salers) opened its first store in Syd­ney in 1987.

Then in 1995, LEW pur­chased an ex­ist­ing light­ing shop in Air­lie Beach, grow­ing the busi­ness from a small show­room to what it is to­day.

July 1 will mark 20 years of busi­ness – still fam­ily owned and run.

LEW is open six days, five and a half days a week and sup­plies both the trades and gen­eral public. It stocks a large range of items, from TV an­tenna and ac­ces­sories, stove el­e­ments and smoke de­tec­tors to com­mer­cial and do­mes­tic light­ing, ta­ble lamps and shades, pen­dants, ceil­ing and ex­haust fans.

On the trade side of things, LEW stocks ca­ble and ca­ble ac­ces­sories, con­duit, power points and switches, and tools.

It also has ac­cess to marine light­ing and stocks a wide range of LED light­ing.

As a small busi­ness in a small town, Ms Spence un­der­stands the im­por­tance of sup­port­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Not only is she the owner and an em­ployee of LEW but is also a tea lady, pur­chas­ing of­fi­cer, sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive, ac­counts ad­vi­sor, cleaner and over­all Jack (or per­haps Jill) of all trades.

DOES IT ALL: LEW owner Hanny Spence does ev­ery­thing from sales and ac­counts to clean­ing.

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