Withcott Seedlings – a Regional Success Story​

Withcott Seedlings – a Regional Success Story​

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Mike Hindle, CEO of Withcott Seedlings joined the business in 2012 and share ownership of it with the Erhart family. Photo: supplied

Mike Hindle, CEO of Withcott Seedlings joined the business in 2012 and share ownership of it with the Erhart family. Photo: supplied

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Today, he Australian Institute of Company Directors will offer its members an exclusive opportunity to visit Withcott Seedlings to hear how the local, family-owned nursery has grown into the blossoming business it is today.

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On Wednesday 18 April 2018, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) will offer its members an exclusive opportunity to visit Withcott Seedlings to hear how the local, family-owned nursery has grown into the blossoming business it is today.

Well-known for its prestigious director training programs, the AICD offers a range of courses and events to enable sector-specific and organisation-specific issues to be covered in-depth. AICD is active in regional areas and its governance courses are ideal for companies and organisations of all sizes.

“We are committed to offering relevant training and networking opportunities to directors and aspiring directors in regional locations. This event will provide our members with the chance to hear about the importance of strategy and governance first-hand from one of the region’s most successful family-owned businesses,” said Melanie Mayne-Wilson, State Manager, QLD, AICD.

The site tour will provide the unique opportunity to hear from CEO and co-owner Mike Hindle and his executive team about their business strategy and their innovative approaches to production management, risk management and corporate governance.

Located in the Lockyer Valley, Withcott Seedlings is a major commercial supplier of vegetable seedlings to the east coast of Australia and an integral link in the supply of fresh food throughout Australia. The company was established in 1983 and continues to thrive after successfully refocusing its business strategy in 2014.

Withcott Seedlings has been acknowledged locally for its commitment to employment in the region, receiving the Memorial Award at the 2017 Business DisABILITY Gala. For the past five years, the company has employed people with a disability through its relationship with Queensland’s Endeavour Foundation.

‘We were very pleased to be approached by the Chair of the local Toowoomba AICD committee, Julie Cotter to host AICD members onsite to discuss our journey with them. As a family-owned business with many dedicated employees based here in Toowoomba, we are keen to share our story with the local business community,’ said Paul Hilton, Independent Chair, Withcott Seedlings and member of the AICD.    

By extending the range of services offered to include exclusive networking events and other opportunities for members, the AICD is able to provide stronger support for regional businesses and their boards.

  • Queensland businesses wishing to enquire about the AICD governance programs or events can contact Melanie Mayne-Wilson, State Manager, QLD, AICD on MMWilson@aicd.com.au.
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