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Trusty tradies struggling with business basics get support

10th February 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 licences, electrical industry peak body Master Electricians Australia has revealed.

Master Electricians Australia (MEA) is launching a Master Program to help electricians stay in business at an industry roadshow event in Cairns tomorrow (February 11) at Endeavour Park Football Centre, Manunda.

The roadshow kicks off in Cairns and continues throughout Queensland.

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.”

Industry research suggests just over 40% of sole traders and over 30% of small businesses with 1-4 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

QLD Roadshow Schedule

Cairns 11 February FNQ Football Club
Endeavour Park Football Centre, Manunda.
Townsville 12 February Schneider Electric
193 Ingham Road, West End
Mackay 13 February Shamrock Hotel
165 Nebo Road, Mackay
Rockhampton 18 February Criterion Hotel
150 Quay Street, Rockhampton
Gladstone 19 February Engineering Alliance
4/69 Goondoon Street, Gladstone
Kingaroy 25 February Kingaroy RSL
Cnr. Markwell Street & Short Street, Kingaroy
Bundaberg 26 February Young Australian Hotel
59 Perry Street, Bundaberg
North Brisbane 10 & 31 March Burpengary Tavern
262 Bruce Highway, Burpengary East
Brisbane 11 March Easts Leagues Club
40 Main Avenue, Coorparoo
Gold Coast 12 & 26 March Tradezone
31 Millaroo Drive, Helensvale