Flood-hit Tweed business wins business award – The Echo

Early Up in Chinderah after the recent floods. Photo provided.

Amid the North Coast flooding turmoil, Chinderah landscaping and lawn care company Early Up has been crowned winner of the Home and Garden Improvement category at the Australian Small Business Champion Awards.

Like so many businesses on the NSW North Coast, Early Up has been badly affected by recent flooding. The floods reached 1.5 meters in their workshop. They lost thousands of dollars in tools and machinery, including several brand new utilities.

After the flood, Dan White, owner of Early Up, joined his team to save what was left of his business. They spent days cleaning up the toxic sludge. Dan managed to find temporary rental utilities and within a week they were up and running again.

“After the devastation of the floods, it was so uplifting to get a phone call about the rescheduled prices…a real ‘pick-up’ that we all desperately needed,” said Mr White.

Early Up won the Australian Small Business Champion Awards. Photo provided.

“My Operations Manager Vanessa and I flew to Sydney for the awards show at the Star Casino on Saturday.

“As you can imagine, it was a very emotional moment for us when we were announced the winners.”

Business Champions

The Australian Small Business Champion Awards is a program that supports and recognizes small businesses across Australia. The awards aim to recognize the hard work that business owners contribute to the local community by creating jobs for millions of Australians, as well as their contribution to the Australian economy.

Dan White said: “It will take months to fully recover from this natural disaster. However, we are incredibly grateful to be operational again. We are also grateful to be able to work on projects to help flood victims who have lost everything.

“Plants and gardens play an important role in the recovery process,” he said. “Together as a community, we will get through this.”

Laura J. Boyer