Business as usual following Cyclone Yasi

Many of us thought that after Cyclone Larry it would be a long time before we had to deal with a cyclone of that magnitude again.  Unfortunately, we were wrong and we were paid a visit by Cyclone Yasi. Some of us were told to evacuate, others were able to bunker down at home, while a couple of us found shelter in the IBS building itself.

We were fortunate at IBS to have only suffered minor damage this time around, but we’d like to extend our sympathy to those who were badly hit.  If there is any way in which IBS can help you, just let us know and we’ll do what we can.

The two weeks following Yasi have been busy to say the least.  IBS is committed to the future which is why our Managing Director Bill Seawright flew all the way to Germany to attend the Fruit Logistica trade fair to see what’s coming in the future and how it can benefit our local industries.  Fruit Logistica is the world’s leading trade fair for the fresh fruit and vegetable business.  The event attracted 56,000 visitors and 2,300   suppliers from 132 countries and lasted three days.  Want to learn more about Fruit Logistica?  Then head to the trade fair’s website—www.fruitlogistica.com

While Bill was away, Adam Seawright, our Operations Manager, took a very early flight to Sydney to appear as one of the expert panelists on “Kochie’s Business Builders — Disaster Recovery Special: Flood & Cyclone Support” hosted by David Koch (host of Channel 7’s “Sunrise” morning show). The show was broadcast live to a number of cinemas around Australia and on the Sky News Business Channel.  The purpose of the special was to give affected businesses the advice and assistance needed to recover, rebuild and even improve.

Adam appeared along side Senator Nick Sherry the Small Business Minister, Steve Vesperman the Deputy Commissioner of Debt for the ATO, and Jo Lamble Sunrise’s resident Psychologist and discussed the role the Federal Government played in rebuilding after Larry, how IBS was affected, and how we managed to rebuild. Feedback following the event was very positive and the information given was well received by those business owners involved.

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