The following testimonial was written by Michelle Le Cornu of Brainbox Marketing for Rory’s Catering and the Polaris Centre:
Rory’s Catering Co. has enjoyed a successful relationship with the Polaris Business and Innovation Centre since 2007. Rory’s Catering Co. provides corporate and private catering including working lunches, seminars and workshops, corporate breakfasts and Christmas parties.
The relationship with Polaris began informally when Polaris advisors were customers at the onsite cafe at Innovation House, Mawson Lakes, which was managed by Rory’s Catering Co. An initial conversation about business fostered a bigger discussion about how to grow Rory’s. That is when Polaris staff invited owners, Rory and Louise Hope, to attend the Business Fundamentals Workshop.
“Business Fundamentals was a good introduction to formalise business. I had a background in operations and I had some insight but I didn’t have the knowledge of how all areas of business work.”
Equipped with the Business Fundamentals, Rory progressed to the Mentoring for Success program.
“Mentoring for Success was a turning point for my business. I was in a group with 11 other business owners who acted like a board. We covered a different topic each month and I could use the board to discuss the issues I was facing in my business and get feedback on what to do.”
Over time, Rory’s business has grown from a small catering service to two businesses, Rory’s Catering Co. and Rory’s School Lunches employing 45 people. The Rory’s Group now has an external board including Rob Chisholm from Polaris, Alan Green Consulting and Brainbox Marketing.
“Rob mentored us through a period of change and we’ve been building ever since. I wish I’d met Polaris at day one. It’s taken us years to get our business structure and processes right and we’ve nailed it in the last 12 months. We’re now in a position to focus on growth.”
Visit Rory’s Catering Co. to view the menus and request a quote at www.roryscateringco.com.au.
To find out how your business can benefit from a relationship with Polaris Business and Innovation Centre, go to www.polariscentre.com.au