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Local Business Sessions Podcast: Employee Care

Welcome to ‘Local Business Sessions,’ a Mornington Peninsula podcast series where local businesses share their success stories, innovative approaches, and practical insights. Tune in to discover how excellence can ignite inspiration and inspire fresh ideas.

Episode overview

Employee Care: Fostering Well-being and Maximising Potential

Discover how caring for your staff can revolutionise your business. Join Craig Vanstone from Corner Pantry Group and Julie Forrester from Happy Books Accounting as they share their insights on building supportive, thriving workplaces on the Mornington Peninsula. From fostering a family-like environment to offering growth opportunities and celebrating successes, learn how investing in your team’s wellbeing can enhance productivity and retention, ultimately transforming your bottom line.

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Craig’s proactive approach in integrating staff care into his thriving cafe business, shows his commitment to hands-on involvement, personal development and positive workplace culture.

Julie brings a perspective grounded in empathy and respect, emphasising the importance of creating an enjoyable work environment that supports personal growth and work-life balance.

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Meet the guests

Craig Vanstone, Corner Pantry Café

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The Corner Pantry collective is the brainchild of local hospo guru Craig Vanstone and his team. They pride themselves on beautiful venues, delicious food, and friendly service. Located on the Mornington Peninsula, they utilise amazing local produce, supporting local businesses across their offerings.  

Julie Forrester, Happy Books

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Julie Forrester is the founder of Happy Books, a Xero Gold Partner bookkeeping business on the Mornington Peninsula with 75+ clients. Previously Asia-Pacific Training Manager for a UK Accounting Software firm, Julie now supports a Ugandan NGO, is working on her first novel, trains dogs, and empowers small businesses. Based in Sorrento with her loving family and a brilliant border collie.  

Content updated June 2024

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