Worth Oil – How Dexter Dunworth co-built a recycled oil empire from just 1 truck
From a standing start back in the late-1970s, young uni-dropout Dexter Dunworth, along with his older brother David, started out with 1 truck collecting used industrial oils from car and truck service centres around Sydney, cold-calling potential customers promising to get rid of their smelly oil waste.
It was oil recycling long before recycling became part of our business lexicon. From that humble beginning, the brothers scaled up to include collection, treatment plants, then recycling it as fuel to other customers in need, and over 4 decades the pair built a major oil waste recycling business throughout Australia’s east coast, with customers like Shell, BHP Steel at Port Kembla and most coal-fired power stations in the Hunter Valley.
Grabbing every opportunity became Worth Oil’s mantra, especially when it came to the key decision whether to sell out or not.
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Walter.g Fabrics – 2/2 – what happened when founders Genevieve Hewson & Lauren Emerson took the plunge into the massive US market, with their hand-blocked hand-printed interiors fabrics
When founder duo Genevieve Hewson & Lauren Emerson went to their very first Trade Fair to sell Walter.g fabrics to the interiors trade, theirs was just a fledgling company, and they claim they had no idea about the business side – Genevieve admitting she phoned her dad in a panic to ask how to charge […]
Walter.g Fabrics – how Genevieve Hewson & Lauren Emerson fell in love with artisanal, hand-printed fabrics in India, & on a whim turned it into a boutique business empire.
Sydney-based high school besties Genevieve Hewson and Lauren Emerson say they are two peas in a pod, both cut from the same cloth, which is an apt, because when this pair fell head over heels in love with hand-blocked silks, cottons and linens, hand-printed by local village artisans in India, they followed their passion & […]
Heaps Normal Beer – Pete Brennan & mates got clever with a blind taste test! And the mic drop moment for Heaps Normal.
Mixing and experimenting with a home brew from his kitchen bench, brewer Ben Holdstock came up with the Heaps Normal zero-alcohol “recipe”. From there the 4 co-founders turned on its head the traditional way of building a beer company, by forgoing building their own expensive brewery from the get-go. But the real mic drop moment […]
With no less a mission than to change perceptions and actions around drinking alcohol, Heaps Normal founder Pete Brennan & 3 mates created from scratch a beer with zero alcohol but, they reckon, still full of great flavour. In just 2 years the foursome have built an impressive new brand in Heaps Normal, the non-alc […]
After building a sustainable & successful industrial oil waste recycling business servicing Australia’s east coast, entrepreneur Dexter Dunworth craved other challenges… and what he chose came with considerable risks! The professional boxing ring! And as it turned out, not just for the exercise or discipline, but he wanted to actually fight far younger boxers on […]
With reproductive rights in the US now so uncertain, serial entrepreneur and campaign builder Wendy McCarthy knows exactly how to try to protect those rights in Australia; why she believes in bringing other women into the tent to succeed; and why she thrives on change. Pt2/2 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
One-time teacher turned women’s advocate & activist Wendy McCarthy loves to shake cages, but then painstakingly build consensus around an idea that needs action. Over 5 decades she’s founded her own mentoring business & built from scratch organisations, movements, even political campaigns that focus on bettering the world for women and their families. She’s what […]
Part 2, Chef Matt Moran: how pandemic, then floods shook Matt Moran to the core, but how he & his teams fight back; what’s next in post-Covid dining; & a winning chook recipe!
The onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic completely whacked for 6 so many in the food and restaurant industry. Matt Moran’s successful fine dining restaurant empire was no exception. In Part 2 of our chat, Matt talks about the terrifying first few days and weeks when Covid hit, in March 2020, when their revenue just stopped. […]
Chef Matt Moran: How celebrity restaurateur Matt Moran went from wide-eyed teen apprentice to building an empire encompassing 12 top-drawer restaurants, several cookbooks & TV shows, & now takes on a whole new challenge in country NSW.
Uber-celebrity chef and restaurateur Matt Moran takes us into the heart of his food, farming and produce world. After falling instantly in love with cooking, namely French cooking, as a wide-eyed, teen apprentice back in the 80s, he talks of how he then built a restaurant, cookbook and consultancy empire, with the help and support […]