In the driving seat

By Siddharth Suresh

How do you transform a business? Not just your own, but someone else’s as well. Stephen Rodrigues would know. The man on our Adelaide cover, Rodrigues, in the last seven years as national director of BBX, has managed to triple business in size and opportunities for his clients through strategic partnerships.

The idea, says Rodrigues, is to build a world of economic opportunity for our community of businesses by dismantling the barriers to economic growth.

Continuing on the same lines of growing businesses, our Sydney cover features brothers Sanjiv and Raman Bhalla telling the story of how they became the go-to people for wealth management advice. The financial consultants and founders of RSB Hexagon built their company from the ground up as a multidisciplinary firm involved in providing specialised and solution based services for accounting/tax, home loans and real estate.

In Melbourne, local champion for the community Ruchika Rawat opens up on her work with the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s report on community perspectives on alcohol use and related harms in the Indian community, a first of its kind study.

Secretary of CAA, Ruchika, a physiotherapist by profession, and now an entrepreneur as well, says she knew that her background in allied health would help bring more direction to the study. The report throws up some interesting insights on the drinking patterns of migrants.

On a lighter note, with the holidays round the corner, how about stepping back in time with Australia’s favourite steam train Puffing Billy. Puffing Billy is one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world and operates every day of the year, except Christmas Day, thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteers. Ride in the open sides carriages as the historic steam trains continue to run on their original mountain track in the magnificent Dandenong Ranges.


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