Seven heads are better than one
The term family unit has been given new meaning by a Burleigh business.
Australian Work and Leisure Canopies took out the Family Business award at the annual Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards Gala earlier in November.
They should have won seven awards, one for each of the family members involved in the company.
Started by Bob Frankham and his wife in the early seventies, Australian Work and Leisure Canopies is run by Bob, his wife Caryl and their five children.
Working together as a team has ensured their long standing success in the business world, and as they say, seven heads are better than one.
“The basic philosophy of our business has always been that people become successful by a combination of hard work, astuteness and good luck,” Mr Frankham said.
After being in the business for 30 years, Mr Frankham said winning an award for their work had opened up doors and given their business a decent dose of exposure.
“I opened it with my wife and we have been doing it ever since. We all work together to get the job done,” he said.
It’s a full house over at their Central Drive address, with his daughter Cathy being the office manager for the 20th year.
“I love my job,” she said. “I have a really good rapport with the customers, and we know the Gold Coast area really well so business is easy in that sense.
“And of course I enjoy working with my family, it keeps us close.”
While some parents can’t wait to get the kids out of the nest, Caryl, the company’s finance controller, said she liked having the kids around.
“I love working with my husband and all my children,” she said.
All four of the boys are heavily involved in the business, and each play their own role in making the company what it is today.
“Graham is in sales, Darryl is the director of and in charge of fit outs for the canopies,” he said.
“Leslie is the fitter, and I will be handing the business down to Mark, my second oldest, when I retire.”
Mr Frankham said after what felt like a lifetime of hard work, it was great to get the recognition from the business world.
“We were so happy to win the award,” Mr Frankham said. “We work really hard together and have been doing this for so many years, so it was really good to have a big celebratory night together.
“I shouted the whole family; I think we had three tables together.”