Cou­ple de­cide time’s right to sell busi­ness

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - LAWRENCE GULLERY

Jan­ice Howard has worked hard for three decades to make sure the busi­ness she runs with hus­band Peter is not to­tally ‘‘a man’s do­main’’.

The cou­ple own and man­age Beau­re­pairs on Firth St but will soon re­tire from the busi­ness the two started to­gether in 1985.

Jan­ice now works the of­fice and Peter leads a team of staff, but in the be­gin­ning it was just the two run­ning the busi­nesses 30 years ago.

‘‘Peter had al­ready worked as a mo­tor me­chanic for a long time and just wanted to ex­pand on that and get his teeth into some­thing he could call his own,’’ Jan­ice said.

‘‘We bought the busi­ness off a chap called Char­lie Trim, who was a one-man band. He owned the busi­ness and the build­ings.’’

It was a case of all hands on deck with Jan­ice tak­ing on her fair share of the labour, chang­ing and re­fit­ting tyres. As a re­sult, her knowl­edge of the prod­ucts is out­stand­ing.

‘‘Nowa­days there’s no such things as re-treads. You can get new tyres for a much cheaper price but then cheap tyres aren’t al­ways the best op­tion. The cheap ones don’t nec­es­sar­ily mean the best qual­ity and I guess that’s what peo­ple have to think about when they’re go­ing for a war­rant of fit­ness.’’

Jan­ice reck­ons run­ning a busi­ness 30 years ago was eas­ier than present day.

‘‘For a start, there wasn’t the com­pe­ti­tion that we have now. And there wasn’t the in­flux of cheap tyres.’’

The busi­ness name evolved from Tyre Sales and Ser­vices, to Peter How­land Tyre Sales and Ser­vices, and then to Beau­re­pairs Mata­mata.

In April 1995 the busi­ness held its 10th birth­day and over the years spon­sored many com­mu­nity events. In 1997 it opened Check Point, which pro­vided more ser­vices for cus­tomers and their cars.

In 1999 the cou­ple bought into the Beau­re­pairs fran­chise. They added na­tion­wide fleet and truck ser­vices to the busi­ness.

This year Peter and Jan­ice de­cided it was a good time to sell the busi­ness. Beau Ideal will be the new owner from De­cem­ber 1 and the cur­rent staff will re­main.

Jan­ice said she would miss speak­ing with the cus­tomers she has come to know so well over the years.

‘‘With­out the sup­port, we wouldn’t have had the suc­cess with the busi­ness, that’s re­ally im­por­tant for us.’’

Peter Howard is re­tir­ing from the Beau­re­pairs busi­ness he and wife Jan­ice have run for over 30 years in Mata­mata.

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