Keeping it in the family
IT HAS been just over a year since Mick Sawtell, the much loved and trusted founder of Mick Sawtell Electrical, passed away, leaving the respected local business in the hands of three of his children and his wife Yvonne Sawtell who is the company's director.
Bianca Cameron, Mick's youngest daughter has taken the reigns of the business, with the assistance of Daniel Anderson, Mick's eldest son, and Todd Sawtell, Mick's youngest son. Mick's other son Luke now lives in Perth and works as an electrician, and his eldest daughter Tenille Leahy, is a busy stay-at-home mum assisting in the office whenever she has spare time.
The company is going from strength to strength, and Bianca says the lessons their father taught them still guide them in how they operate the business he loved so much.
"Dad taught us honesty and integrity," Bianca says. "He taught us to treat your customers the way you would want to be treated.
"He loved the business; Along with his family it was his life.
"It's really important to us that we are carrying on something that Dad set up, and I think he would be really proud of how we are running the business, and how well the business is doing."
The Mick Sawtell Electrical team is building up every day with some impressive large contracts as well as smaller residential work.
"It comes down to the team we have working together, we would not be as successful without every one of them," Bianca says.
"We have contracts with Lismore Shopping Square, McDonald's, Caroona Nursing Home and currently work closely with Bennett Construction. "We also look after the majority of commercial catering contracts from Tweed Heads to Grafton.
"Just as important to us as these large contracts is the residential work we do. We treat every job with the care it deserves, whether it's a major contract or a smaller job at someone's home.
"We are level 2 authorised which means we can carry out solar net metering, we complete the installation process by installing net meters.
"We can also offer a range of products such as ceiling fans and light fittings and can offer savings for residential or commercial jobs," Bianca says.
Whatever the job, the family takes Mick's business philosophy with them to work every day, continuing to strive to give the best possible customer service, and honest, reliable work to their loyal and new customers.
"We think about Dad every day," Bianca says. "And it's an honour to carry on the business he started, in a way he would be proud of."