Meet Bronwyn Reid | Contributor in the Spotlight


Meet Bronwyn Reid | Contributor in the Spotlight

Bronwyn is a Small Business owner and serial entrepreneur whose driver is Small business success in regional areas. Bronwyn has successfully started and runs two award-winning businesses from regional Queensland, and her latest venture, Mining For Business, will be her third.

For most Small Business owners, landing that first contract with a big buyer is the spark for real business growth, but getting there isn’t always easy. Bronwyn’s businesses have been supplying to national and international companies and all levels of Government for almost 20 years, so she has brought all her experience of attracting, winning and retaining work with these large organisations together in the “Small Company, Big Business” Program.

Bronwyn, who is your business idol and why?

Gail Kelly.  She’s a smart, successful, elegant, no-fuss woman who rose to the top of her profession, and made sure that record numbers of women followed her into management roles. She then turned her talents to supporting women in developing countries.

“Help one woman out of poverty and she’ll bring four with her”. – Gail Kelly

What was the last book you read without skipping through anything?

Organisations Behaving Badly by Leon Gettler

If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

Joanna Lumley.  I could spend a whole day on the set of Ab Fab.

What is something you’ve always wanted to try but have been too scared to?

Skydiving.  It looks like so much fun, but because I’m scared of heights, I’ve never tried.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

The obvious answer is my two beautiful children and the family my husband and I have built around them.  I’m also very proud of having been able to steer our company through the collapse of the resources boom and put it back on a serious growth path.

Where is your favourite place to go on a weekday afternoon when you have no plans or obligations?

Our local botanical gardens by the river.  I don’t go there enough.

What drives you to do what you do? What motivates you?

The future of regional Australia, and regional small business in particular – they are the lifeblood of our communities.  Regional economies are often one-trick ponies, with little resilience to withstand economic shocks.  I truly believe we can do better, and limit the collateral damage to regional communities when these shocks occur.  I’m also an old school feminist, and have spent my entire adult life striving to change attitudes. Unfortunately there is still a long way to go.

Is there a documentary/book/event that really changed the way you thought about something?

While living overseas, our house and our office were the target of some rioting.  It made me realise just how precious our legal system is here in Australia because we had no protection at all.

What’s your favourite cheesy pick-up line? Have you ever used it for real?

“Excuse me, you’re THE best-looking man I’ve ever seen”.  Yes.

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?

Pastel green.  I just love the colour and I find it very calming.  I could be the calm crayon in the box.

What’s your favourite ’90s jam?

“Don’t let the sun go down on me” – Elton John

If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?

The ones from my family and close friends.  If the others are really important, they’ll be sent again.

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