BRIGHT SPARK: Matt Hanley owner of Matt Electric.
BRIGHT SPARK: Matt Hanley owner of Matt Electric. John Gass D

Planning for success

IN around eight years Gold Coast electrician Matt Hanley has grown his small business into a multi– million dollar enterprise.

When Matt Electric opened for business in 2003 it employed five staff, today it has more than 30 on its books, who work Australia wide.

Mr Hanley said his business systems reflect honesty, integrity, professionalism, structure and safety — qualities that achieved the business the title of National Master Builder of the Year 2010.

“We were happy and overwhelmed to be awarded as the best electrical company in Australia last year and we are hoping to win the award again next year,” he said.

In a unique move the business recently appointed a training and safety co-ordinator to oversee a portfolio of national projects.

“Lots of electrical businesses don’t have someone in that position, but it gives us an edge,” Mr Hanley said.

“Safety is first and foremost. We want to ensure all our projects are compliant and that our people go home safe at night.”

The scope of the businesses contracts range from small school upgrade projects to major retail, health and hospitality projects.

“In the last six months we have been awarded new projects to the value of around $5 million,” Mr Hanley said.

The business is well positioned to tackle the challenges of the ever evolving electrical industry and its emerging technology.

“We see fiberoptic networking and communication as the next big thing for us and the next five to 10 years the goal is to be operating out of every state in Australia,” he said.



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