Scott keeps an eye on the past

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

NES­TLED in the sweep­ing hills of Flag­stone Creek, The Barn and Scotty’s Garage pro­vides a peace­ful es­cape for vis­i­tors from the hus­tle and bus­tle of daily life.

Step in­side The Barn, and you step back in time to a sim­pler era, and that’s ex­actly what own­ers Sarah Ross and Scott Wright want.

“A lit­tle phrase that we like to use here is ‘wouldn’t it be nice if a lit­tle bit of the fu­ture was a lit­tle bit of the past’,” Mr Wright said.

When the pair took over the busi­ness in 2008, it was run down and need­ing se­ri­ous work.

But with hard work the pair were able to turn the busi­ness into a thriv­ing suc­cess, and last year took out the pres­ti­gious Busi­ness of the Year award at the Lock­yer Val­ley Busi­ness, Train­ing and Ap­pren­tice­ship Awards.

Mr Wright said the awards had been a cul­mi­na­tion of years of hard work.

“We’re not into ac­co­lades but it is nice to be recog­nised,” he said.

He said he be­lieved what had pushed them over the line was their unique ap­proach to busi­ness.

“We’re laid-back, there’s a lot of ap­proaches to busi­ness and some­times the ap­proaches to busi­ness these days are very clin­i­cal,” he said.

“I had some com­ments from a bus group yes­ter­day say­ing that we made them feel part of the fam­ily – and that’s how we treat ev­ery­one.

“There’s no prim and proper, peo­ple take us for what we are.”

Mr Wright said while the award last year had been a boost for busi­ness and a vin­di­ca­tion of their ap­proach, he and Ms Ross weren’t rest­ing on their lau­rels and would con­tin­u­ing to work hard.

“You have to of­fer peo­ple what they want and I think the trend these days – speak­ing to cus­tomers that come here – is that peo­ple are look­ing back be­cause look­ing back it’s a fonder time for them and this takes them back,” he said.

Sarah Ross and Mr Wright bought The Barn in 2008.

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