Building his business
WHEN Greg Clark founded his building business in 1981 it was just him and an apprentice working from the family home.
Now with 30 employees working from a 7000sqm. depot, Greg Clark Building is one of the mainstays of the North Coast construction industry.
Mr Clark and his wife, Jenny, have worked side by side in the business for all of the past 30 years.
During that time the company has been involved in a broad range of projects through boom times and up to recent years which have seen the industry struggle.
"I don't believe we will ever see the building industry the same way again," said Mr Clark.
"It will be those who can adapt and be more cost-efficient with their methods who will survive."
The Clark's have welcomed last week's announcement that the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) will convene an inquiry into the cost of construction.
"There is always too much money to spend before you can even turn the ground to begin construction," said Mrs Clark.
With 30 employees the Clarks are aware they have families, suppliers and sub-contractors relying on them.
"That means we may have to go further afield to keep that continuity of work because you want to keep blokes on," said Mr Clark.
"But you have to stay positive; there are things happening out there and if you have a positive outlook this flows on to others.
"And that is reflected with the relationships with your clients and your employees."
There is also one other strict business rule the Clarks abide by.
"When we go home we never talk about work. Our children made that rule many years ago and its one of the best rules," said Mrs Clark.