Meet our members
We stand side-by-side with our members, sharing their passion, celebrating their successes and uniting against their challenges. Here, we share three stories of just four of the 400,000+ Queensland small business owners we represent.
Tow.com.au (member since 2015)
Dominic Holland launched Tow.com.au in 2014 in Eagle Farm, pitching it as "The Uber for Tow Trucks". In its first year of trading, the business finished with seven figure revenue and is on track to almost double that this year. Tow.com.au is now operating nationally, having grown from four to 34 staff in less than 18 months. The business won the 2015 Brisbane Lord Mayor's Business Award for High Growth Start-Up, and simultaneously Dominic picked up the Young Entrepreneur Award (Retail & Services). In 2016, Tow.com.au was the national winner in the Telstra Australian Business Awards.
Angelo's Pasta (member since 1994)
Donna left a successful career in corporate IT to take the reins of her family business, which her father Angelo started in 1968. CCIQ helps Donna keep Angelo's Pasta viable as she faces wage pressures, technology change and increased competition from multinational companies. "Being part of CCIQ gives me confidence that I can continue to grow our business into the future," Donna says.
Packer Leather (member since 1975)
Packer Leather is a fifth generation family business established in 1891. Back then there were dozens of tanneries in Brisbane but today they are the only tanner remaining. The firm has survived wars, the Depression, recessions, the rise of the plastics industry, foreign competition and offshore manufacturing to be a global leader in the production of performance leathers with a unique reputation for quality and innovation.
TheStoryBoxes (members since 2015)
David and Sarah started their own creative agency because they saw an opportunity for businesses to communicate more effectively through powerful stories. CCIQ has helped them meet new clients and show their amazing work to more audiences. "With CCIQ, we can meet people who share our passion for creating a legacy," Sarah says.
shewear (member since 2015)
Who would have thought a nail through the foot would be the beginning of a journey to design a workboot for women? The options for women required to wear safety footwear was extremely underwhelming, so Stacey Head designed and manufactured her own range. She now runs an e-commerce site, a workwear retail store in Brisbane and has 50 stockists across the globe.
Sharpe Engineering (members since 2006)
Sharpe Engineering founders Peter and Anne took Jack into their business as an apprentice in 2004, after he completed Grade 10. Jack seized the opportunity; he now has a young family and has been promoted through the ranks to manage a whole branch of Sharpe's operation. CCIQ helps Sharpe keep Jack and their other staff happy, properly remunerated, and safe at work. "Thanks to CCIQ, my business is safe, which means I'm able to employ more people," says Sharpe Engineering's Jon Sharpe.
Knotwood (members since 2014)
Darren Galway started in business as a powder coater, but eventually teamed up with marketer Alan Divall to take advantage of a growth opportunity. Adapting an existing fabric imaging technology, they invented a way to print wood grain images onto powder coated aluminium to create metal that looks just like wood. With little competition in Australia, the dynamic duo started to invent aluminium systems for everything - fencing, gates, shutters, decking, and battens. In just a few short years, their company Knotwood grew from a three-person operation to a team of over 30 staff and an annual turnover of $6 million.