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Trusty tradies struggling with business basics get support (pt.2)

2 March 2020

Not understanding the basics of business or how to remain compliant are two of the biggest reasons why skilled trades people might lose their businesses or their licenses, electrical industry peak body Master Electricians Australia has revealed.

Master Electricians Australia (MEA) will launch its Master Program in New South Wales to help electricians stay in business at an industry roadshow event in Newcastle tomorrow (March 3) at Master Builders Centre, 165 Lambton Road, Broadmeadows. Roadshow events continue in Sydney on March 4.

MEA CEO Malcolm Richards said the Master Program was developed to support electrical contractors build a safe, profitable and sustainable business.

“Many electricians are highly skilled trades people but they have not had an opportunity to develop the required business skills necessary for success,” Mr Richards said.

“A lack of understanding of financials, how to market their business, and the lack of a plan are just a few of the things that can lead to business failure.

“Secondly, inefficient systems, procedures and documentation will lead to a business’s downfall.

“And lastly, trusted advisors. A lack of trusted advisors in the key areas of legal, financial, workplace relations and electrical business experience are critical resources a contractor needs to tap into.”

It is estimated just over 40 per cent of sole traders and over 30 per cent of small businesses with one to four employees will fail over a four-year period.

The Master Program is a 36-month program of support for both new electrical contractors and those who have been in business for a number of years. Participants become a Gold Master Electrician at the end of the program.

The program includes an industry leading safety system, business planning platform and access to industry mentors.

As well as the launch of the Master Program, tomorrow’s roadshow will reveal critical information for sparkies on new amendments to the Wiring Rules and the new Battery Standard for Solar Installations.

Malcolm Richards is available for interview. Please phone The SAS Group on 07 3221 9222 or 0467 792 013.

View national roadshow dates

NSW Roadshow Schedule

Newcastle 3 March, 5:00pm to 8:00pm Master Builders Centre
165 Lambton Road, Broadmeadows
North Sydney 4 March, 7:00am to 9:30am Schneider Electric
78 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park
South Sydney 4 March, 5:00pm to 8:00pm Legrand – Nexus Industry Park
Bldg 4, 43-47 Lyn Parade, Prestons

Tickets are available at masterelectricians.com.au/wiring-rules-update


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