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  • 30 August 2022 8:31 AM | Anonymous


    Beer Doing Good For The Reef. 

    We all know - thanks to climate change - that our wonderful Great Barrier Reef has been doing it tough. In fact, we reckon it could do with some TLC.

    That’s why two award winning Aussie social enterprise beer pioneers, Sobah and The Good Beer Co, have joined forces to create a delicious new limited-edition Tropical Lager Coral’ation (TLC) non-alcoholic craft beer: to quench your thirst and champion First Nations custodianship of the Great Barrier Reef at the same time.

    PLEDGE NOW

    This tasty new brew will fund the Coral Sea Foundation and suppport First Nations women to take part in a new ground-breaking Sea Women of the Great Barrier Reef practical marine science and biology training program, to support them to be guardians for the Great Barrier Reef in their local communities.


    PLEDGE NOW to snag some tasty non-alc Tropical Lager and limited-edition merch.

    First Nations owned non-alcoholic craft beer company Sobah Beverages exists to champion Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, knowledge and health and to lead a conversation with all Aussies about socialising sober. 

    The Good Beer Co - another purpose led business - works with breweries and the beer industry in Australia and the UK to create beers that raise funds and mainstream support for important social and environmental causes. 

    This refreshing limited-edition non-alcoholic craft lager is being brewed right now by Sobah. So PLEDGE NOW to get in first!

    “As a proud Aboriginal owned and led business, First Nations custodianship of sea and land country, including the Great Barrier Reef, is in our DNA.”

    - Dr Clinton Schultz, proud Gamilaraay man and Sobah Founder and Director 

    Completing the collab, TLC’s beautiful reef inspired artwork and branding has been created by Art Disrupt, a purpose-led creative agency founded by Matt Bray who is also the Creative Director of Comms Declare  - the organisation behind the Fossil Ad Ban campaign for a tobacco style ban of fossil fuel advertising.

    “Creating the artwork for TLC was a beautiful project we couldn’t say no to. A good beer can help bring people together and It’s a perfect fit with our remit to support action on climate crisis and we love Sea Women of the Great Barrier Reef.”

    - Matt Bray, Founder of Art Disrupt and Creative Director of Comms Declare and the Fossil Ad Ban campaign

    We aim to sell out of our limited-edition cases of TLC - and take donations on top - to support as many First Nations women as possible to attend a full Sea Women of the Great Barrier Reef training.

    For every limited edition 16-pack of SobahGood TLC you buy, $4 will be contributed to The Coral Sea Foundation to help support a First Nations woman to participate in this epic initiative. 

    And as a reward, you get to experience a crisp, dry hopped, tropical lager brewed for ultimate refreshment. Enjoy while conjuring images of soft sandy beaches and pristine reef waters.

    By pledging to donate or chosing one of our larger sponsorship and scholarship rewards, you can play an even bigger role, by supporting one or more women to participate in this ground-breaking program directly. And we've created some great rewards to thank you for your support - check them out now!

    “First Nations women globally play a pivotal role in their communities. And in my sea country and culture we are deeply connected to that, with women tending to and caring for our oceans.”

    - Tishiko King, proud Kulkalaig woman, Director of First Nations Engagement for the Coral Sea Foundation and Sea Women of the Great Barrier Reef lead trainer

    We know that First Nations communities are amongst the hardest hit in Australia, the Torres Strait Islands and around the world.

    TLC will champion First Nations Custodianship of our Great Barrier Reef and supports a deadly program that will strengthen the connecton between First Nations women and their traditional sea country.

    “This tasty new beer aims to generate mainstream support for the work of the Coral Sea Foundation and help launch the Sea Women of the Great Barrier Reef program to Australia and the world"

    - James Grugeon, Founder of The Good Beer Co 

    Our limited-edition merchandise, featuring ArtDisrupt's beautiful artwork, supports Sea Women of the Great Barrier Reef too. Pledge now to get behind the important work of the Coral Sea Foundation with your donation, and reap the rewards.

    All you have to do is click Pledge Now, chose your rewards and sit back and wait to be first to enjoy this tasty new non-alcoholic tropical lager!


    PLEDGE NOW!

    And then share your support and ask your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours and the world to pledge too!

    PLEDGE NOW


  • 05 April 2022 7:28 PM | Anonymous

    Vanguard Laundry is always looking for ways to increase our impact. Towards the end of 2021, we became a proud partner of Hello Good World to help social enterprise expand their reach and sales and in turn their impact.

    “As larger corporations look to for ways to increase their CSR, gifting is a perfect opportunity to switch2good to make a profound difference and spread awareness of the work and impact of each of the business.” said Rachel Whitworth, founder Hello Good World.

    Hello Good World, is an online marketplace for the conscious consumer. They make it really easy to shop for brands that make a positive impact putting people and planet at the forefront of their decisions.

    Christmas is always a great opportunity to acknowledge the people and teams outside of our organisation that have been part of our growth. With the help of Hello Good World, our corporate gifting went from basic gifts to extraordinary impact and the recipients loved them too.

    Hanna Ebling, CEO of Sefa, commented on her gift, “After our first year of working together, Vanguard Laundry was so kind to offer me a purpose-aligned gift voucher from Hello Good World alongside an amazing Christmas box of socially minded goodies that showcased the diversity of our social businesses here in Australia. I used the voucher to buy a banksia candlelight to give to my dad in Germany, and he was thrilled to receive such a beautiful gift with very local, environmental, and also social roots. This is the one stop shop for you to find thoughtful gifts for your loved ones”.

    In December 2021 alone, Christmas with heart allowed us to have a minimum social value of $6168 going towards projects in local and overseas projects in education, waste reduction, employment, food, sanitation, and mental health prevention.

    Vanguard Laundry are passionate about helping social enterprise and the whole sector thrive. You’ll find our Social Impact Manager Harry Sillett, representing South West Queensland as the Regional Champion for the Queensland Social Enterprise Council Ltd.

    During the December 2021 gifting, we were able to increase the sales of 9 unique social enterprise and expanding their reach to 35 industry partners.

    Learn more about this fantastic initiative 


    Christmas with heart - new

  • 17 February 2022 1:38 PM | Anonymous

    Big Brother Program 4.0 2022 By Everything Suarve Inc

    2022 started off strong for Everything Suarve Inc. 16 eligible Jobseekers completed there Cert I in Construction, Cert II in Engineering, White Card, CPR and First Aid.

    Out of the 16 students 14 are currently placed into full time employment and apprenticeships and the last 2 students we will work closely with to put into employment.

    Thanks and Support from Everything Suarve Inc go to

    Queensland Government for supporting the program and an opportunity for Esuarve to have more evidence recorded.

    This program does not run without the support of our Corporates and a special mentions goes to Troy Johnston from Komatsu Australia who was fortunate enough win a $10,000 grant through the Live Your Dream program. Troy chose to donate this to Esuarve and be part of the Program 1 day a week over the 10 week period. Troys time was also donated from Komatsu Australia and we were lucky to have him participate in our well being days.

    Todd Pepper from Alceon Qld has always been our biggest supporter and now Rino have jumped on board which gives us an opportunity to teach our participants about environmental issues and its importance.

    Ausbuild, Michael LoneyBrian Schech, McInnes Wilson Lawyers, Ian Port, Top Gun Project Services, Bradley Plant, L P Pipe & Civil OPD, Ernst & Young Global Consulting Services, Bunnings, Sonya Rand, Michael Schneider our corporate supporters who have been with us from the very start and are still with us in 2022. We have nurtured our seed and it is now branching out far and wide!

    Personal support from Richard DidcottGreg Bitomsky and Bill Henderson thank you!

    And to our supporters of the program DGT Employment & Training, Jeremy Rodgers, Ben Oliver and ETC LTD.

    Troy Johnston said it best. ''This is not an out of the box program" We have put so much love into this program. This works because our facilitators have grown up with similar up bringing's and have made our own mistakes in life which we proudly own! And it works because we will never treat anyone like a number!

    The Big Brother Program is only getting started. We will be the difference and will continue our work without expectation of return.

    Find more about Everything Suarve Inc



  • 20 October 2021 9:47 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Social Procurement Success with a Telco Enterprise! ASANA team looking at computer screen

    Procurement for social enterprises can be a long and windy road. 

    It was a journey that Australian Spatial Analytics recently undertook with one of the largest essential service providers in Australia and New Zealand – Ventia Utility Services. With the help of many, we have commenced a partnership recently with Ventia and look forward to a long-term relationship. Here were some of key learnings we will take with us and hopefully can be of benefit to others:

    1.  Find Champions within the Organisation

    Build relationships with individuals within the organisation. It may not be with the procurement team necessarily. We were actually connected with Ventia through an Advisory Board member of ours (Thank you Evan Shellshear!) We established a great alignment with one of their business units that suited our the neurodiverse strengths of our team and an area we wanted to develop their skills in. 

    2.  Understand how you can Build Trust

    While you may have found a champion, support is often needed from multiple stakeholders and decision makers. For our engagement with Ventia, we would also needed help from the technical team to upskill. To build trust and move forward, our team, with the support of Ventia’s technical team members spent several weeks learning the basic foundations of design. To the team’s credit and amidst lockdowns which prevented in-person training, the team were committed to the task. While this period of time was unpaid, it was an investment in the relationship and increased the client’s trust to move forward with procurement and signing contracts.

    3.  Be available to the procurement team and seek support when needed

    Offer help and keep in touch with the procurement team. This may be their first time in procuring a social enterprise which can lead to the need for extra clarifications on their end to their leadership and from you. During the procurement cycle with Ventia, we invited our CFO to the call to help explain some of exemptions we have as a DGR Registered Charity and Social Enterprise.

    With time, we commenced work with the Queensland Telecommunications business to undertake design work on the NBN project which will later roll out to other states. Specifically, the team is currently working on ‘As Built Designs’ which are the revised set of drawings that a subcontractor submits upon completion of a project factoring in all modifications and changes required during the build. “With this, there is great alignment with our business in data analysis that suits the ASA team’s areas of focus, and we are delighted to have commenced working with them on this project”, said Matthew Swan who is the Senior Project Manager ODM in Queensland for Ventia. 

    Finding champions within the organisations, building relationships with them and demonstrating the team’s ongoing commitment to improvement has been key to getting this relationship started. We are grateful to Ventia, as a larger corporate enterprise in Australia to be a pioneer for social procurement. 

    For Australian Spatial Analytics, will look to leverage Ventia’s support and the teams’ skill development to help us open the door to more corporate entities in future.

     

    To read the full article announcing the partnership from Ventia: https://www.ventia.com/news-and-insights/social-enterprise-targeting-young-spatial-analysts


  • 31 August 2020 1:57 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    My name is David Carberry, I am the Producer for Shock Therapy Productions. We are a Gold Coast based not for profit performing company, we have a huge youth program, and our work is mostly social and issue based. During the restrictions from covid-19 we have taken the opportunity to pivot our business and create a Live Online program which has enabled us to continue to deliver our work to students and audiences in Qld and now beyond. In a project supported by the Consulate-General Mumbai we are now partnering with HOTA on the Gold Coast and Qld Live Streaming to broadcast our performance of Viral to students in Mumbai.

    The broadcast went out to almost 200 students and teachers from 7 different schools in Mumbai and Pune who are currently on full lockdown.  It was a huge success, with immensely positive feedback from the students and teachers. In addition to this we also had a number of dignitaries including; James Middleton, Vice Consul, Australian Consulate-General, Mumbai and Hema Singh Rance, Manager, Cultural and Public Diplomacy, Australian High Commission. As well as members of various arts organisations and festivals in Mumbai who were looking at examples of ways to connect with their audiences in new ways during this time of full lock down.

    The post show discussion was then facilitated by Dr Chetna Duggal, a clinical psychologist and a faculty member at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and Priya Srinivasan, the head of the Pomegranate Workshopwho helped connect the 7 schools in Mumbai with Shock Therapy. There were 130 students involved in the post show discussion which cantered around the themes in the production with an aim to help students deal with the stresses and potential dangers of doing everything online during this time of full lock down.

    Overall this was a huge success, with many firsts, and many important steps towards positively evolving and progressing how we connect with audiences and with each other during this time.

  • 31 August 2020 1:56 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Like most other businesses, it was like we went to sleep one day and the next everything was crashing around us. We thought, ‘people are still going to need to market their business, perhaps now more than ever’. But we were so wrong. Each and every client was affected and in turn we were as well. Just like our Social Enterprise having this beautiful second hand positive impact through our clients, the ripple can also affect us in the other direction.

    Every day I asked myself, how can I stay on my vision?

    My vision statement for House of Eden Studio is ‘Together We Thrive, Leading Better Business’. It’s about bring socents and purpose led business together to help grow everyone in a positive direction.

    On day three I thought to myself, I can still connect with like-minded individuals and inspire more do to better business during this time. So I conducted a group of 10 interviews online with social entrepreneurs, of whom most I had never met.

    They were so much fun, full of inspiring conversation and valuable tips that we are about to launch the series. To check it out and get a download of all the tips visit https://www.houseofedenstudio.com.au/together-we-thrive-youtube

    Since the videos were filmed, House of Eden Studio is proud to say that we are re-emerging out of the pandemic better than ever. We have expanded our team and so happy to able to be helping fellow Social Entrepreneurs find their feet again. 

    We are offering a free 1 hour mentoring session to any social enterprise that was affected by COVID-19 too as well as launching our next round of matched-funded programs in September so we encourage everyone get in touch to take advantage of these offers 

  • 31 August 2020 1:55 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    The Good Beer Co – like a lot of social enterprises and, in particular, like businesses in the independent beer and hospitality sector, has had to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic. And collaboration has been the way to keep things going – which has been heartening, enjoyable and worthwhile!

    First up, with borders closed in Australia and the UK we obviously had to park our planned UK launch – a new beer for the Jo Cox Foundation to be launched at their Great Get Together event (which normally involves 3 million people at over 35,000 local community events across the UK). So we held a “beers from both sides of the world” online event to celebrate and mark the Great Get Together with people in the UK and in Australia – I was joined by our good mate and fellow Queensland social enterprise,  Clinton from Sobah Non Alcoholic Beverages in Australia and by Catherine the CEO of the Jo Cox Foundation and Fergus, the Head Brewer at The Good Beer Co’s brewery partners at Adnams in the UK.

    Here’s the blog I wrote about my friend Jo Cox and the Great Get Together for that event: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/good-beer-bring-us-together-james-grugeon/

    As we all went into lockdown and The Good Beer Co wasn’t able to brew or sell beers I teamed up with my friends Matt and Jos from Hop On Brewery Tours (also on a COVID-19 pause – with breweries in lockdown and tourists not allowed to travel) and eight fantastic independent craft breweries from across Australia (including fellow social enterprises Sobah in Queensland and Sparkke in South Australia) to launch and run the ‘A Good Beer Always Helps’ campaign to raise funds to shout Aussie essential workers a 4 pack of local beers. 

    I was also helped by Leigh Grigaliunas from fellow social enterprise World’s Biggest Garage Sale, who took over setting up our website forms and back end and everyone tech related – working in the evenings and at weekends to make sure it was ready and it worked. And by a bunch of amazing creatives who produced video, social media and other content for the campaign for the love of social enterprise, local beer and the campaign. 

    The campaign took off quickly raising over $20,000 in donations in its first two weeks and I was interviewed live by ABC News 24 from my home and by Channel Ten Studio Ten from Newstead Brewery and our brewery partners at Van Dieman and Moo Brew in Tasmania and at Capital Brewing in Canberra also did live television interviews. It was a lovely positive campaign that not only provided support to independent craft breweries doing it tough but also thanked our essential workers the Australian way – with a round of local beers!

    The Pozible campaign raised $52,000 enabling us to thank 2,600 nurses, aged care workers, posties, refuse collectors, supermarket workers, teachers, home care workers, ambos, police, fire fighters and more a gift of beers to thank them for their care, courage and generosity in keeping us all safe and keeping the country going during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Here’s the team at our BCorp crowd funding platform partners Pozible writing about the success of phase one of ‘A Good Beer Always Helps’: https://blog.pozible.com/crowdfunding-success-story-a-good-beer-always-helps-eb2a1197f547

    Following the success of the crowd fund campaign I was approached by Founders First and another 8 independent craft breweries to join ‘A Good Beer Always Helps’ by putting together a campaign case of 16 independent craft beers to sell nationwide in BWS and Dan Murphys stores (and online).

    During phase one of the campaign (the crowd fund) we registered 10,000 essential workers who requested a gift of beers via a form on our website and I was determined to shout them all a beer. Thanks to the campaign case and the generosity of Founders First and all 16 of the campaign’s independent craft brewery partners we’ve been able to let all 10,000 workers know we’ll be thanking them with a beer!

    Here’s Beer and Brewer writing about the campaign and our campaign case – now available in over 1,000 BWS and Dan Murphys stores nationwide: https://www.beerandbrewer.com/a-good-beer-continues-to-help/

    ‘A Good Beer Always Helps’ was inspired by a campaign set up by UK social enterprise Brewgooder (who, like The Good Beer Co work with breweries to create and sell beers to sell for good causes) called #oneonus which donates a 4 pack of Brewgooder beers to NHS workers on the frontline of tackling the COVID-19 pandemic there: https://www.brewgooder.com/oneonus

    The campaign has helped us to forge new friendships and relationships at a very challenging time – like our brand and campaign going into BWS and Dan Murphys nationwide. But most importantly it’s done some good – for the independent craft beer industry in Australia that has supported us for over 4 and a half years and for hard working essential workers who don’t ask to be thanked but definitely appreciate it.

    I’m looking forward to watching all of our 16 partners and the wider independent craft beer industry in Queensland, Australia and the UK, emerge from a difficult period of time and am standing by to offer support as a friend and partner and social enterprise.

    Like our mixed case of beers in BWS and Dan Murphys, COVID-19 has brought together organisations and people who haven’t previously collaborated and they’ve benefitted from teaming up and working together  – stronger collectively than they are individually. 

    Find out more at www.thegoodbeerco.com.au

  • 31 August 2020 1:53 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    OUR COVID STORY: The Caboolture Co-op

    The Caboolture Community Work Cooperative, modelled off the legendary Nundah Co-op, is a grass-roots social enterprise which employs people with disabilities in the Moreton Bay region through a small lawn mowing enterprise, and the Lagoon Creek Café and Function Room.

    The speed at which the COVID-19 crisis completely shut down the operations of the Lagoon Creek Café on 24th March, was quite shocking for all connected to the Co-op and most particularly the 15 people with disabilities employed by the café, who were stood down overnight with little warning.

    The cafe had proudly increased its catering and function room turn-over by 50% in the previous nine months leading up to the crisis and was providing up to 80hours per week employment to its members with disabilities. So, to see this hard-won success disappear overnight was devastating for all concerned.

    Because of its out-of-the way location, with no drive-by or walk-in traffic, it was not viable to offer a take-away service or to try to remain open serving coffee with minimal staff.

    During the shutdown period of two months, management and support staff worked hard to stay connected to our members to try to minimise the negative impact of social isolation on their mental health. It was a very difficult time, and people responded in varying ways to the isolation.  Through video calls and positive conversations about the future, members were prepared and trained for the eventual re-opening of the café and how to implement new procedures and routines to comply with government requirements specific to the restaurant industry.

    During this time, management and the board also applied for small hardship grants and received the ATO cash boost.  The Co-op was also eligible for Job Keeper which enabled the café to open doors again on 26th May, providing 30-50 hours of employment weekly to date.

    Since re-opening, there has been an increased amount of café foot traffic as people gladly start getting out and about again.  One of the regular users of the function room has returned three days per week but the main income, being the catering for meetings and workshops from large corporates and the university, is not likely to return in the foreseeable future.

    Yes, we are open, and we are grateful for the government grants and specifically the Job Keeper which allowed the café to open and pay its staff. We remain hopeful that if the catering contracts do not return by the end of September, and the hospitality sector is still suffering, the government will implement a further period of Job Keeper to prevent the inevitable loss of jobs and/or closure of small businesses like ours.

    Deb Griesheimer, Chairperson of the Board

    Caboolture Community Work Cooperative

  • 31 August 2020 1:51 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Like the now all too frequent droughts, floods and fires in this country have shown, COVID-19 has again demonstrated that Australia’s food system teeters like a house of cards waiting to collapse.

    Here at Food Connect, we’ve been feeding customers for 15 years, while at the same time paying growers the true cost of production and building a secure supply of locally sourced food and goods. Started by ex-dairy farmer Robert Pekin, the business is built on the concept of community supported agriculture, where a reciprocal relationship between the growers, makers and the eaters goes beyond a simple online transaction. Customers are provided with information about the people who grow and make their food, and pricing is transparent. Growers are supported through a stable price – the last price increase was three years ago before the drought – and so they’re not subject to the vagaries of the market. They grow just enough to service Food Connect and their own direct markets, and have the ability to ramp up and ramp down as the situation dictates.

    When COVID-19 forced the community off the streets and onto our computers to hunt and gather online, Food Connect’s orders quadrupled in a matter of days. Suddenly, Brisbane’s food ‘network effect’ quickly activated in a number of ways:

    • Almost immediately, our networks of buyers clubs, restaurants and cafes pivoted to take on more customers, and we shared our business model to assist many to distribute their own fruit and vegetable boxes to their local community;
    • Local events companies had to shut down and we diverted their vans and drivers to help us expand our delivery runs;
    • Farmers markets started calling us and we shared ways they could set up box deliveries so that their farmers didn’t miss out;
    • Food Connect’s farmers also ramped up their operations and started selling more directly to customers by collaborating with neighbouring growers;
    • The packing and warehouse team employed jobless hospitality staff desperate for work, with 10 extra employees recruited in the first week of lockdown.

    Bringing food back to a relationship-based system is not just a feel good exercise. It’s economically and structurally efficient and equitable – valuing all actors along the supply chain, and decentralising the control and access to good food. Not only that, it reduces the carbon footprint of the huge logistical operations of our current food system, and can encourage farming practices that build healthier soils and regenerate land and water systems.

  • 31 August 2020 1:50 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Without putting too fine a point on it, coronavirus hit Vanguard hard.

    The vast majority of our business is within the accommodation sector, whose occupancy rates fell to nearly zero almost as soon as restrictions were announced. This resulted in an instant 80% drop in our business, reducing our average weekly volume from 50 tons of laundry a week down to less than 10. The crisis had hit.

    The domino effect, similar to many businesses, meant that more than 30 people faced an immediate reduction of hours and income to effectively zero.

    Vanguard’s first response was to focus the management team to 2 clear issues;

    1. The first and most important factor was to make sure that all of our impacted staff, most of whom had come to us with a lived experience of mental health, were supported in a number of ways. Essentially we had to do whatever we could to keep them safe.

    This included driving people to appointments, going to collect food hampers with them, advocating on our employees behalf with banks and landlords, holding on the phone with them to Centrelink (for hours!), and keeping in regular to contact to make sure everyone was getting through as best they could. We didn’t rest until everyone had been connected with some kind of income stream – whether that be Jobseeker, Jobkeeper, or the Disability Pension.

    1. The second consideration was survival. Thankfully, due to our contracts in the less impacted health sector, but also because of a recent move to diversify away from being so reliant on the accommodation market, Vanguard was able to face the immediate wave and move through with a base level of production. This allowed the business to take a short breath and focus on the next steps.

    This meant we could focus on the discretionary/controllable areas of our operations to reduce the impact of ongoing costs and try to mitigate the pain.

    At this stage Vanguard was also offered incredible support from some of our funding partners, such as The John Villiers Foundation, The Paul Ramsay Foundation, Hand Heart Pocket, and the Douglas Family Foundation. Additionally, and thanks to a wonderful relationship with our commercial banker, we were able to utilise payment subsidies through Westpac.

    These organisations proactively reached out to us to see what they could do to get us through. Without them, our road to recovery would have been significantly more challenging.

    Whilst, like everyone, we try to work out what the ‘new normal’ is, things are moving in the right direction, and we’re not sitting still. Volume is starting to recover, with eased travel restrictions, and an increase in elective surgery from our health partners.

    Hopefully, this will continue with more restrictions being lifted. On June 12, families will be allowed to travel again and holiday within Queensland, which will make a huge impact in the accommodation sector.

    We have taken a couple of lessons from this crisis, which will place Vanguard in good stead as we look to the future.

    • A reminder of what our core focus is, and what our key assets are – our people. It is the reason why Vanguard exists, and one we are very proud to have put as a top priority during recent times.
    • The importance of taking a step back and planning, not just for the now, but also for the soon to come. One thing the Vanguard team did not face at any point of the last few months was panic. This allowed us to calmly approach each problem as it arose, and discuss a solution, and collectively move forward.
    • Rather than retreating, we are looking to grow. We are bringing new people into our team who are going to equip our staff to reskill and create new opportunities for them to work in businesses within our community.

    Through hard work and out of the box thinking, we can get our entire workforce back to work in the next 12 months – either at Vanguard or somewhere else.

    We endeavour to battle through, put our arms (socially distanced of course) around our staff, even those who have been let go, to ensure Vanguard is stronger than ever in the post COVID world.

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