Gourmet Coup for City of Mitcham As It Becomes Home for Melbourne Chef who’s Fallen In Love with South Australia’s Fresh Local Produce
Adelaide no longer needs to feel like the ‘poor cousin’ to foodie obsessed Melbourne with the arrival of former Melbourne-based French-trained Head Chef, Stephen Lowery in the trendy City of Mitcham.
Adelaide no longer needs to feel like the ‘poor cousin’ to foodie obsessed Melbourne with the arrival of former Melbourne-based French-trained Head Chef, Stephen Lowery in the trendy City of Mitcham. After working as a chef in Melbourne for seven years, Stephen wanted to relocate somewhere quiet and tranquil where he could follow his passion for fresh local produce and traditional recipes. Little did he realise that he would find his oasis in the Mitcham suburb of Clapham, where he has carved out a little piece of Melbourne food culture for local residents. His business, Eire Café, has developed a unique relationship with South Australian farmers, butchers and other providers to serve up a menu that would make even the foodies of Melbourne jealous.
While Stephen knows what he is doing in the kitchen, running a successful business is not without its challenges. Some of his greatest challenges come from sourcing the freshest local produce to use in the café every day, as it all depends on how well the farmers and providers are doing that particular week.
And it’s not only the ebb and flow of weather and produce that is a constant challenge, Stephen and his partner, Zoi have also had to come to terms with the ebb and flow of managing the finances of the business – an area in which 44% of small businesses fail.
This is where their love of all things South Australian took an unexpected yet very beneficial turn for the better. The couple came across Adelaide-based Cashflow Manager, the first and only small business accounting software developed entirely in South Australia, and decided to stick to their ‘buy local’ philosophy when it came to the financial management of their business.
“Cashflow Manager blows me away”, says Zoi. “It has simplified my bookkeeping more than any other program I have used. I can run reports quickly and simply, and it cuts down my tax preparation by hours. It helps us to make the right business decisions, and focus on what we do best – running our café.”
‘We only use SA products at the café, and love to support local business so we are proud to use the locally based Cashflow Manager system’, says Zoi.
According to results from the second annual Westpac Australia Day Index:
- 9 out of 10 Australians are faithful to their local shops
- 49% of Australians will buy from a local small business to help strengthen the nation’s economy
- 58% of Australians believe small businesses are the backbone of our economy
- The majority (71%) of Australians shop local as they believe it is supporting and building community
Wayne Burgan, former ATO insider and CEO of Cashflow Manager, developed the program in South Australia, and runs his head office in the Adelaide suburb of Edwardstown.
Wayne says, “Cashflow Manager is a passionate advocate for Aussies who are brave enough to get up and have a go at starting their own business. We understand that just a little bit of support can make a big difference to small businesses, and that’s why we developed the Cashflow Manager program. Our program helps business owners get back to basics and get on with the business of running their business. We are particularly proud to support local Adelaide businesses as we agree with Zoi and Stephen’s philosophy of supporting local South Australians.”
For further information about how local business can collaborate for the benefit of the South Australian economy, contact Rob Richards – phone: 0412 103 850
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