A love of beer can lead to great things, just ask Beer Cartel owner Richard Kelsey!
Richard’s first job out of uni was doing a market research project for a New Zealand craft brewery where he was paid in beer! His business partner Geoff Huens visited his family in Belgium and was inspired by the fantastic beer produced there.
The Need for Craft Beers in Australia
Realising it was almost impossible to get great beer in Australia, Richard and Geoff got together and created Beer Cartel, an online store whose aim was to make amazing craft beer available to consumers from Australia and overseas.
The concept was to show people that there was so much more to the world of beer than the same generic brands found at every bar and bottleshop and take people on a journey of discovery into the world of beer, showcasing the amazing stories, flavours, aromas and breweries behind the world’s best beers.
10 Years of Beer Cartel
During that time they have won a number of awards, including:
- 2018 Australia Post Online Retail Industry Awards – Best Online Retail Marketing
- 2018 Online Retailer of the Year – Beer & Brewer Magazine
- 2017 BigCommerce Marketing Innovation Award
- 2016 Champion Craft Beer Retailer – Sydney Craft Beer Week Awards
- 2016 Champion Craft Beer Subscription Club – Sydney Craft Beer Week Awards
- 2015 Startup Smart Awards Finalist
- 2014 Liquor Store Owner of the Year – Liquor Stores Association of NSW
Of course, their success has been due to providing an excellent product to a very eager public! They have also been strategic in growing their business.
Joining Business Blueprint
“Our bookkeeper gave us tickets to New Rules of Business (now 52 Ways)”, says Richard, “we had been looking at a couple of other business development programs but after the day realised that Dale Beaumont & Business Blueprint were the real deal. By the end of that day we had already started creating our intranet and were taking the first steps to really systemising our business!”
“We’d been somewhat burnt by some less good supplier experiences and having always had a tight reins on our nances (we started during the GFC) we wanted to make sure we weren’t investing in smoke and mirrors. After attending New Rules of Business we saw that there was so many actionable learnings we could immediately start implementing on our business that joining Business Blueprint was a no brainer.”
Joining Business Blueprint wasn’t a decision Richard and Geoff made lightly. “We knew we didn’t have the knowledge for everything to help our business, but we also didn’t know where to go to get this knowledge,” shares Richard.
The Business Blueprint Experience
Two years after joining, Richard admits is has been a steep learning curve. “The first
12 months are a bit of a whirlwind – you learn so much, but it’s also hard to put everything you know into action as you need time to work ‘on’ rather than ‘in’ the business.”
“After 12 months, our intranet had over 200 systems, we were just hiring a Virtual Assistant and applying a lot of the learnings from Business Blueprint. At the time we were growing at 15%. By year two, we had really started to get more freedom from our business, staff were far more empowered and productive and our business started to grow at 25% – pretty good for a then 8 year old business!”
Why join Business Blueprint?
According to Richard, Business Blueprint is for anyone that is wanting to take the next step in growing their business and becoming free from their business. “No one can be an expert across all areas of a business from HR, to Marketing, Finance, mindset and more but Business Blueprint provides you with the steps to excel in each area,” he says.
Also, “The conferences are fantastic! The energy, speakers and ability to change your thinking all leads to massive amounts of personal development,” says Richard.
When it comes to taking the next step and really growing your business, Richard can’t speak highly enough of the Business Blueprint experience. “No one person knows everything – you need to surround yourself with a network of like minded business owners. When you do this you’ll and amazing opportunities suddenly start to happen!”