In 2018, Australia’s largest business bank, NAB, reviewed a broad range of options to support their clients. They identified the Owner Manager Program as a key option to support and assist their clients of mid-sized businesses ($3m-$100m). They undertook a pilot with part scholarships for a dozen customers.
In 2019, the NAB pilot program concluded with exceptional feedback and NAB joined as the exclusive Principal and Financial Partner of Australian Owner Manager. As part of the arrangement, NAB provides part-scholarships to NAB business clients to undertake the Owner Manager Program.
Program founder, Rob Douglas, was the Director of Executive Education at The University of Queensland Business School where he developed the Australian Owner Manager Program (OMP) in conjunction with the Icehouse. The program was commercialised in 2017 with UQ continuing as a foundation partner.
UQ Business School is independently ranked as one of the top business schools in Australia and amongst the leading institutions worldwide and offers a range of degree programs, including undergraduate, honours and postgraduate coursework, postgraduate research. It also offers Executive Education programs in the heart of the Brisbane central business district. The School’s MBA program is ranked 10th in the world by The Economist, identifying it as the number MBA Program in Australia and the leading MBA outside of Europe and North America.
The Icehouse is Australasia’s leading business accelerator and growth hub. They were a key partner in the development of the Australian Owner Manager Program, as a similar program has been run in New Zealand for 10 years.
The Icehouse works with a wide range of businesses at various stages of growth – from entrepreneurs launching new ventures through to successful owner-managers wanting to take their business to the next level. The Icehouse was founded in Auckland, NZ in 2001 and have worked with over 5,000 ambitious owner-managers and entrepreneurs. It is owned by a not-for-profit trust and backed by the financial support and expertise of the New Zealand government and an extensive group of committed partners that includes: AJ Park, Bank of New Zealand, Deloitte Private, HP New Zealand, Microsoft New Zealand, Spark, Visa and our founder The University of Auckland Business School.
PwC Private Clients Advisory is a specialist group within PwC Australia. In the past 8 years, PwC clients have averaged annual year on year improvement in revenue of 20%, profit improvement of 30% and return on capital of 36%.
Principal Business Advisory, Rob Ashley, leads the specialist group that works with small to medium businesses to realise their financial aspirations and improve their business performance. Once introduced, there was natural synergy and fit with the Owner Manager Program. PwC Private Clients Australia is an excellent partner and connection for mid-sized private businesses in Australia.
With 35 years in the industry, Mapien is an expert employment relations advisory that provides employers with an extensive range of specialist services across industrial relations, human resource management and organisational development.
Having worked with a broad range of clients in a variety of sectors the partnered with Australian Owner Manager as it aligned with their history and desire to help businesses manage and resolve complex people problems.
Mapien work with a range of independent schools, government departments and statutory authorities, government owned corporations as well as private clients in the power, utilities, fast-moving consumer goods, hospitality, entertainment and not for profit sectors.
Mills Oakley is Australia’s fastest growing law firm, supporting businesses of all different sizes with national presence. With over 94 partners and more than 670 staff, Mills Oakley has been consistently ranked by independent media surveys, including those conducted by The Australian and The Australian Financial Review. They are an excellent partner to have on board the Australian Owner Manager Programs.
Ford Health has partnered with Australian Owner Manager from the inception of the program. They are experts in business owner health and resilience and are committed to improving their client’s health and wellbeing.
Ford Health provides executive health checks, health assessments, and employee wellbeing programs which focus on the employee and their individual circumstances as well as the specific needs of the organisation. They are a core presenter for the Owner Manager Program.
Australian Owner Manager is proud to have a significant number of family businesses undertake the Owner Manager Program (OMP). Due to this, Family Business Australia (FBA) felt OMP was an excellent offering to support their members and the development of family owned businesses.
For 20 years, FBA have been recognised as the pre-eminent organisation representing the needs of family-owned businesses in Australia. They focus on assisting family businesses and harness their unique competitive advantage.
MYMAX is an Australian Owner Manager program partner from the programs inception. MYMAX is a Brisbane-based investing and consulting firm, specialising in accelerated growth and exit strategies for private companies. The investing division focuses on growth companies requiring additional capital to expand and/or develop the business with a clear goal to maximise an exit value. The consulting division specialises in accelerated growth, focusing on the business model, and exit strategies for owners – from management succession right through to partial or total business sale.
Spicers Retreats is the Australian Owner Manager venue partner. Spicers genuinely believes that, while people come for the luxury, what they really gain is the rejuvenation that comes with getting in touch with the natural surroundings. We call it ‘relaxed luxury’, a feeling of being totally at home and free to be yourself. In addition to a comfortable bed, quality furnishings, personalised service and great food, it’s just as much about the feeling of being renewed and reinvigorated by the land itself.