Bill initially commenced with Bike Forece Australia in 1991 when two stores began trading in Subiaco and Woodvale; The group then developed into the largest bicycle retailing operation in Australia, boasting 20 stores Australia-wide.
Bill is now heading up an exciting new franchise Bike Fix Mobile Pty Ltd.
Bike Fix Mobile Pty Ltd Managing Director Bill Gordin reflects on the impact that Blackwood Partners has had on his business:
“From the outset, Blackwood Partners recommended improvements to our accounting and retail management systems and then showed us how we could implement them on a standardised basis across our group.
These days our own financial acumen has improved dramatically, but we still rely on Blackwood Partners for those day-to-day issues that exceed our capabilities.
Perhaps the most significant impact Blackwood Partners has made on our business has been through their strategic business advice. They showed us what we were capable of and then showed us how to set about achieving it.”
The business has operated for 18 years, but has expanded rapidly since acquiring studio space seven years ago.
In addition to its yoga classes, Yoga Moves offers meditation, retreats, workshops and, in recent times, has added a meditation school and Feldenkrais training to its offerings.
Business proprietor Sara Elderfield has this to say of her involvement with Blackwood Partners:
Over the years I have tried various book-keepers and accounting systems, but never felt like I had more than an intuitive sense of where I was financially. It is now a year since I started working with Blackwood Partners and a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders.
We began by reviewing my previous accounting practices and identifying where the problems were, prioritised them in order of importance, and worked our way through them one by one. Along the way this meant upgrading my software and technology and streamlining all of my systems, from accepting payments through to paperless record keeping. The timing of all changes has been graduated systematically, which has kept the long-term, bigger picture for me personally and professionally in mind.
All the interactions that I have had with the staff at Blackwood have been timely, consistent, ethical and cognisant of the vagaries of a business that is not generally considered to be mainstream, but in reality is still a business.
Blackwood has helped me to consolidate the growth and changes of the last three years and make them manageable for me to oversee, without losing touch with the part that I love, which is teaching.
I now have a clear sense of where I am financially and a clear basis on which to plan the future.
In 1999 Kentin Engineering Australia was formed in Perth, Western Australia, where it now proudly operates as a Western Australian-owned company in Malaga.
From relatively humble beginnings, Kentin Engineering now boasts a large workshop containing many conventional engineering machines, as well as the more sophisticated computer numerical control (CNC) machines. Computers play an integral role in operating the CNC machines precisely.
Its state-of-the-art workshop enables Kentin Engineering to provide a fast and reliable service to all industries, including mining, oil and gas.
Kentin Engineering Australia director Ken Austin with one of the replica locomotives.
Kentin Engineering Australia director Ken Austin offers the following comments on his experience of working with Blackwood Partners:
Blackwood Partners is always readily available to assist us with resolving the day-to-day issues we have with our business.
They have also been proactive with the larger issues and were recently instrumental in guiding us through a complex restructure.
With their attention to detail and regular programs, we feel comfortable and confident that our compliance and business issues are being well managed.