When the NSW Government passed legislation in 2008 requiring builders to undertake 12 hours of training every year, Michael Tomlinson spotted a gaping gap in the market. At the time, he was living in London, contemplating a move to country NSW so that his wife could take over her family’s farming business in Young.
The couple moved back a year later, and Michael says it’s arguably the best choice they’ve made both personally and professionally. He runs his online professional development and training company, Pointsbuild, from Young – travelling to Canberra several times a month to meet with customers and business partners.
Initially, Michael says that it was a little difficult to find staff. However, he soon discovered the quality of skills available in the local community. “Staff are the heart of the business; they always will be. They drive the success and we’re looking to retain more as we grow.”
Michael notes that the key to running a successful remote business is ensuring great service and quality products. He says they were lucky to have the luxury of moving to the Hilltops region, where they could both run their businesses and enjoy the lifestyle that Young provides.
He admits it was a big decision to move from inner city London, but farm life and the local community are terrific, and it’s the perfect place to raise children.
For anyone thinking of moving to Young or a country town to start a business, Michael says, “Don’t feel too daunted by it. With the rise of good technologies, you’re very accessible to customers and suppliers.”