Giving small businesses a helping hand

Doing business with big business shouldn’t be overwhelming or difficult. But it can be, as Mining for Business partners Bronwyn Reid and Ian Rankine discovered when they started an environmental consultancy in Emerald, in the heart of the Queensland mining sector, 18 years ago. They know first-hand the problems you face as a small business owner trying to do better and smarter business within organisations that are much larger than your own. After all, they started with just one small coal-mining contract and successfully built an award-winning business that today supplies products, equipment and services to many leading resource companies, including Rio Tinto, BHP and GlencoreXstrat.

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We have built our strong reputation by working with these large corporates.

"The webinar on writing business proposals was fantastic. I really liked the importance of writing the personal story in the proposals. In fact, I have used the strategy in writing one yesterday. Hopefully we'll be able to win the business".

Chentan Zabde

"Dear Bronwyn,   Just a quick note to thank you so much for your time on Wednesday afternoon, it was great to meet you -  I very much appreciate your contribution to my study."

Katie Meissner | UQ Connect - PhD Research Project

"The owners are to be congratulated for the level of business maturity exhibited in their business. Continually search for innovation and technology to improve and expand their service offering and expanded their capability through strategic alliances."

Laurence Stitt  | Industry Capability Network - Major Project Supplier Program | Assessor

“Over the years Bronwyn has provided a great deal of support and advice to me as a business owner as we experienced the ups and downs of self-employment. She was open to discussing business systems and efficiency, different rates and types of work, and how to continuously improve processes. I always appreciated being able to talk such matters through with someone in similar circumstances.”

Claire Barret | Central Highlands Regional Resources Use Planning Cooperative | Executive Officer

"Bronwyn is an inspiration!"

Dallas McMillan | Influential Digital

"I attended the Small Company Big Business Workshop recently.  The workshop covered a number of areas that will assist GT HOSES in growing.  In particular, a better understanding of how large companies perceive and respond/interact with small business, and that there are great opportunities to be gained from being a small business."

Rachel McDowall | GT Hoses

The '5 easiest ways to lose money on a contract'. ​

"I found this timely for me and something that I find most businesses don't take enough to time to consider. I really appreciated the quick concise overview of the content on this topic and would encourage business to look at their internal project management strategies to best manage cost leaks of the ventures they undertake. In software development we call it feature creep, one and the same really. Keep up the good work!"

Michael Clisby

"Bronwyn this was so fortuitous! I am helping a client to preliminary work for a tender with a mining company. This is just what we need to make a value proposition. Thanks a million."


"Thank you for the inspiring and informative day. I left with renewed enthusiasm & resolve to focus on my 'plan' & have already started taking action steps forward!!!"

Laurette Power (Lou) | Power Johnson Family Trust

"Hi Bronwyn, Thank you for these - I really love your articles. I think they provide immense value - especially to CCIQ audiences. xx"

Carla Schesser | Andrew Griffiths Enterprises | CCIQ

"What an absolutely fantastic article and template! This had added value to my business straight away. Love this thanks."

Drew Browne | Sapience Financial and Investment

"Great guidance, bringing those who might not have been in the competition (for tenders) right to the centre so they can compete. Very useful. Thank you."

Rosemary Shapiro-Liu | The Mentor Within

"Thank you for this excellent article Bronwyn. Partnerships can make or break a business, and with the right ones business can be real fun. It’s tricky to build the right partnerships and to make them work, but I’m confident that following your advice will help me make better choices and avoid some painful mistakes."

Anetta Pizag | "Create a Thriving Workplace" | Author

"Bronwyn your article was timely. Thanks for the tips."

Andrea Doyle | Doyle Solutions

"This is a great post Bronwyn. While I'm in a different business, this process can be used, in part, by new suppliers to our company. Thanks for the information."

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