How Spray Pave Australia started
Mr Christopher Bylhouwer
Hi, my name is Chris Bylhouwer and I started this business in the late 1980’s. At the time, I was operating a building maintenance firm with 20 employees catering for Government housing and private customers. Many of those customers would ask me about treating their concrete. I always had a trade / hospitality background, completing my apprenticeship as a Vehicle Builder with the NSW Railways in 1982. Then managing a 237 room resort in Alice Springs for 2 years.
In the late 1980’s, the industry of treating or decorating concrete almost didn’t exist. Yet a demand was there and growing. People wanted their concrete to have better looks and safety that was available with:- Spray Paving, sealing, polished, epoxied or just cleaned. The industry was new to me, so I found the answers. Also, I was going through a divorce with financial stress, so I was extra committed to making my new business a success, which I achieved. Much to my ex wife's regret!
For many years I worked with a few staff, but mostly by myself to perfect the application process of all the services. I also had to perfect the many administration, marketing, finance and legal issues needed for this specialised industry.
My little business was booming with staff, sub-contractors, customers and profits always increasing.
I established a Franchise system and sold our first Franchise in 1998. The profits and flexibility enjoyed by the Franchisees was amazing, yet some of the guys were still not happy. As a Franchise system we had all the usual fees, charges and reporting systems which restricted growth.
There had to be a better way, so we dropped all the fees, charges and reporting and changed to a License system in 2006
All these years of determination, hard work and experience have put me in a fantastic position. Even the problems of operating across the country plus overseas have been overcome. I now have a great team of people working with me.
Now days, the business is mostly training new operators at our training centre. They can have their own successful and a genuine indepenedent business.
The business Licensee system would have to be the best package of industry training, support and guarantees in the country. This high quality Licensee system, ensures a high quality customer service, which then ensures the highest chance of success for all new Licensees.
I love my family time, helping operators, property development, sailing and motor bikes. So if you want to talk business or pleasure, or just have a friendly chat about anything. Feel free to phone me anytime on
0412 842 671.
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