E07 | Get prepared- Financial health with Brett Smith and Ashley Keegan
Chief Executive Officer
Rural Business Support (RBS)
Working on the farm is hard enough on its own without having to really think about the business side of things, but neglecting your finances can get you into strife down the road.
There's a lot to keep in check and it's hard know how to prepare for challenges no one can predict... Fire, flood, frost, hail and drought are just some of the hazards growers have to grapple with and it only takes one major event to throw everything off track.
But there are steps you can take to be as ready as you can be for tough times and you don't have to go it alone.
Brett Smith is CEO of Rural Business Support, a service for farmers and rural communities across SA with a focus on developing better business practices, financial literacy and growing confidence.
Brett says RBS isn't there to be a last resort, it's the first port of call to get yourself set up for the future.
Brett is an accomplished agribusiness executive with strong sales, marketing and business development credentials.
Brett has held key roles with agricultural supply businesses such as Orica (Cropcare), Incitec (Incitec Pivot), Elders and Penrice. He is also holds the position of Independent Board Director of AusVeg SA and Chair of Board for Rugby Union South Australia.
Brett’s practical background includes over 15 years’ experience working ‘on-farm’ with primary producers providing face-to-face information on improved agronomic principles and productivity improvements across all farming sectors.
With strong leadership qualities, Brett has a proven history of safely leading business strategic development, implementation, and delivery through collaboratively aligning large cross-functional internal and external business teams.
Brett’s strong business acumen, energetic and ethical approach, high level of operational competence and proven stakeholder relationship management has enabled outstanding results.
Rural Business Support (RBS) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing essential support to businesses, farmers, landowners and communities in rural and regional South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Supported by the Australian Government and Governments of South Australia and the Northern Territory, RBS offers an accredited, free, independent and confidential Financial Counselling Service for primary producers and regionally based small business owners, as well as other business programs supporting a profitable, sustainable and resilient rural business sector.
RBS has been operating in rural and regional South Australia since 2006 and in the Northern Territory since 2011 and has built their reputation on delivering agribusiness services and independent support to farmers and rural small business owners who are concerned about their financial future.
Wine grape growers who are struggling with the challenges of adversity and business risk or are concerned about their financial future should call RBS on 1800 836 211 for a confidential chat.
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Free call to talk to a financial counsellor: 1800 836 211
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