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Early Up at Chinderah after recent flooding. Photo supplied.

Amid the turmoil of the North Coast flooding, Chinderah landscaping and lawn maintenance firm Early Up has been crowned the winner of the Home and Garden Improvement category in the Australian Small Business Champion Awards.

Like so many businesses on the North Coast of New South Wales, Early Up was severely affected by the recent flooding. The flood water levels reached 1.5 metres within their workshop. They lost thousands of dollars in tools and machinery, including several brand-new utes.

After the flooding, Dan White, owner of Early Up, pulled together with his team to salvage what was left of his business. They spent days cleaning out the toxic sludge. Dan managed to source temporary hire utes, and within one week they were back up and running.

‘After the devastation of the floods, it was so uplifting to receive a phone call about the re-scheduled awards… a real ‘pick-me-up’ that we all desperately needed,’ said Mr White.

Early Up was a winner at the Australian Small Business Champion Awards. Photo supplied.

‘My Operations Manager Vanessa and I flew down to Sydney for the award presentation at The Star Casino on Saturday.

‘As you can imagine, it was a very emotional moment for us when we were announced the winners.’

Business champions

The Australian Small Business Champion Awards is a program that supports and recognises small businesses across Australia. The awards seek to recognise the hard work that business owners contribute to the local community in generating employment for millions of Australians, as well as their contribution to the Australian economy.

Dan White said, ‘It will take months to fully recover from this natural disaster. However, we feel incredibly grateful that we’re up and running again. We’re also thankful to be able to be able to work on projects helping flood victims who have lost everything.

‘Plants and gardens play an important role in the recovery process,’ he said. ‘Together as a community, we’ll get through this.’

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