Yarra Ranges Enterprise Centre
Present and past tenants doing amazing things
In the time that Clair has been a tenant at YREC, she has seen real growth producing work in her art studio and developing an international business. A self-taught artist, Clair is now sharing her whimsical and colourful style of painting, both online and in person, around the world and has successfully been able to not only survive the pandemic, but also recreate her business, taking advantage of online sales and teaching opportunities.
After 8 months developing prototypes at YREC, Jigsaw Jumps launched its range of portable bike jumps to the market in August 2021. Sam Knight, the inventor behind this innovative and locally designed and manufactured product, is now in full production, doubling the amount of floor space in his business, tripling his production capacity with additional C&C machines, and employing three local part-time employees.
Josh Norman first became a tenant at YREC in March 2019, launching his start-up business specialising in upholstery and repairs. After holding steady through the pandemic, the past 12 months has provided him with an opportunity to relocate to a larger studio at the YREC premises, and one with double doors allowing easier access for the bigger projects coming in and out of his workshop.
We spent only a few months at YRC but found it to be a wonderful place for us to start our journey back in Australia and in Warburton. Incubation stations such as this are vital for small communities and would thoroughly encourage anyone thinking about venturing out on their own to start here with a casual chat to Alison. Thanks and we'll be in touch.
“I graduated from YREC at the end of 2020 and moved my business to a workshop that had much needed additional space and 3 phase power for machine upgrades. A ‘once in a lifetime’ workshop in Wesburn became available at just the right time for me to be confident to expand.
“Taking the studio at YREC four years ago was the smartest thing I could do to start my business. I was surrounded by like minded business people who gave me real feedback, and helped me through all the inevitable teething problems of starting out. There were so many workshops, classes and mentoring opportunities that helped me focus on what I needed to do to grow and how to become independent. I was able to step out of my comfort zone and reach higher than I had imagined. The YREC community helped me stay motivated and pushed new boundaries- especially Alison- she was always checking in with me and I always felt supported.
PEONY AND SAGE OILS
I was a tenant at YREC for one year. It worked well for me to have my 50 current and potential stockists come to my studio instead of my home. I loved working at YREC. The people were amazing and I had the opportunity to partake in weekly training with Sue from CIRE. I learnt so much!
Whilst the restrictions during COVID and the need to homeschool my children made keeping my studio space unsustainable, during the time I was there I enjoyed the sense of family among the other businesses and the wealth of knowledge and support that Allison provided.
I am running a website and wholesale-based business and will soon be opening a retail outlet along the Warburton Highway.
THE YARRA VALLEY ACCOUNTANT
Sue Clarke (CPA), has been in business for 4 years and established The Yarra Valley Accountant in 2014 to assist businesses and individuals, in the Yarra Valley, to meet their compliance obligations and make informed decisions about their finances and assets so they can achieve financial prosperity and live their dreams.
“Alison Fitzgerald gave me great support at YREC. I also enjoyed the contact and inspiration provided by other tenants. YREC is a great place to be if you are a home based business that wants to grow.
ESSENTIAL POINT HEALING
CREIGH INDUSTRIES PTY LTD
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