Over the last twenty years (and counting), Keran has inspired like-minded business leaders and visionaries as she’s carved her path to success. Meanwhile, The Network Group has also built a fantastic relationship with the member stores that make Network tick – have a read of what fellow entrepreneurs and Network member stores have to say about both Keran and The Network Group.
From: Ilona Reid – Founder of Gossip Box
I hope you don’t mind me contacting you but I wanted to say thank-you for sharing your story with the Women’s Network Australia team.
As a small business owner, I am so inspired to read about how Australian business women get to where they are by following the dreams they’ve had and especially grateful that they are prepared to share the paths they’d followed to help them get there.
Whilst reading your story I had to smile when I realised some of the similar traits we have – starting my ‘corporate career’ at 15 because in my eyes – school was all about socialising. Given the option of either study or work – well for me it was a no brainer (at least I got paid). Being a woman in the ‘man’s world’ of insurance had its own battles especially as my role consisted of seeing clients, most of which belonged to the ‘stuffy grey gentlemen club’ due to the aging industry and yes … this meant I had to cope with an annual golf day – yuck! (which by the way I had to play in – I can assure you my team wasn’t exactly impressed with my golf swing – let alone the knowledge of the game).
After ‘surviving’ the long hours that the corporate world can dish out and getting sick of ‘starting again’ when another company takeover was announced, the discussion of a family was on the cards but the idea of putting our children in childcare was simply not an option – this meant I had to ‘come up with an idea’ that was missing in the marketplace and as we had our fair share of hamper type companies that arranged the ‘no element of surprise’ wicker basket style gifts (as everything was on display), most of which contained more cellophane than products, it was time to ‘unleash’ my idea of stylish, enclosed gift boxes crammed full of awesome locally made products (not padding) which would travel well around Australia and as a result, Gossip Box was born.
Having Gossip Box as a home business meant I could raise “our little monsters” whilst doing my bit to bring in some sort of an income. I still can’t believe that was now nearly 6 years ago. Each day my passion is fulfilled doing what I love and I enjoy knowing that the choices I make helps others – as I’m a firm believer of if we all unite, everyone will benefit. My dream is far from being fulfilled but we have managed to ‘get this far’ and that gives me the strength and the courage to continue.
Keran, I do hope you are aware that people like yourself inspire people like me to get on with things when times are tough, rise above the daily challenges and more importantly that we can make a difference if we choose to.
Wishing you continued success with your business – you really have tapped into an awesome market – well done for not only having the courage to get out there and finding such a niche opportunity – but for believing in you!!!
Once again, thank you for making a difference …. to me.
Ilona Reid – Founder of Gossip Box
From: Di – Network Video Beaudesert
A HUGE thank-you to Keran and all the amazing team at Network Head Office.
I have been fortunate to have spent the past 20 years in such an exciting, interesting, challenging and ever-changing industry.
The wonderful support and guidance I received from you all as a Network store during that time made the easy times so much fun and the hard times so much easier! I will miss you.
From: Dot and David — Network Video Rosanna
As it is now time for Dorothy and I to retire, I would like to take the opportunity to offer our sincere gratitude for all of your personal help throughout our twenty-five years with Network. Dot and I have been proud and humbled at times to be part of the Network family.
Working with you and the team over the years has probably been the most pleasurable and satisfying period of my working life and I will always treasure the friendships and experiences built.
In an industry that has been up and down over recent years, you have always been optimistic and thank you for that. Without the encouragement and assistance from you and the team at Network Head Office, I am sure we wouldn’t have survived in this business for as long as we have.
I would also like to thank you for your valued friendship over the years and wish you and your family well for the future. I also thank the courteous and wonderful team at Head Office for their friendly and professional dealings with us.
We look forward to hearing good news on the grapevine relating to the growth and success of Network.
Once again, thank you for all your assistance over the years and good luck for the future.
From: Noel — Network Video Torquay
We’ve recently celebrated our 15th birthday weekend in Torquay (last February was our 30th year in the movie rental business).
On behalf of Josie, Evan and myself, I’d like to say thank-you to everyone at Network HQ for all of your help and advice over the years. It’s great to be a member of such a fantastic team.
Here’s to another 15 years (and more!).
From: John — Network Video Pascoe Vale
They say “a change is as good as a holiday.” Well, if that is true, then I’m on the Amalfi Coast in a villa, sitting in the sunshine sipping on a Frangelico & Ice.
That might be a little too romantic, but it sure is nice to be a person again instead of a number. I have found everyone at The Network Group to be so helpful and efficient; if they say they will get back to you, they will, and quickly; that’s impressive on its own.
It doesn’t stop there; their Marketing department is fantastic to work with. If you have an idea of what you would like to do, just bring it to the table and they will work as a team to try and formulate a way of getting that idea to work for you, and make it possible for every other member to benefit; I think that’s special.
The whole organisation impresses me, from the top with Keran to every single person that works for her; they are customer service orientated. No matter who picks up the phone, there is someone willing to help or find someone else who can.
The best thing is that you get all the back-up and fantastic people to deal with, but without the big fees or the lengthy contracts.
A company with all that and a sense of humour, and did I mention they treat you like a person? I couldn’t ask for much more… I think I’ll have a Frangelico & Ice.
From: Paul Leuzzi — Network Video Woodcroft