Raise your glass to State’s ‘fastest moving’ business

By Lauren Hermon

After being named the ‘fastest moving’ business in South Australia, Clint Buick and his team are precisely where they want to be.

Clint’s luxury glass goods business, Adelaide Precision Glass, took out the Fast Movers SA 2016 award on Friday (6 May 2016).

Fast Movers SA recognises South Australia’s most innovative, smart and fastest growing small to medium enterprises from a range of business sectors.

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Clint Buick, from Adelaide Precision Glass, accepts the Fast Movers SA 2016 award

The 31-year-old father of two started the business by himself in January 2013 before taking on a tradesman and apprentice within the first four months. The business has since grown to two office staff and another installer.

Adelaide Precision Glass is a South Australian owned and operated business focusing on luxury glass goods, such as: splashback design and installation; shower screens (framed, frameless, and semi-frameless); pool fencing; and balustrades.

The company turned over $15,000 in the first couple of months of business, and by the third, it reached close to $100,000 in turnover.

After more than a decade in the industry, Clint’s reason for starting his own business came after a few words from a former employer.

“They told me I was ‘replaceable’,” he says.

Adelaide Precision Glass focuses on luxury glass goods, including splash back design and installation

Now years down the track and with a business of his own, the value Clint has for his staff is quite the opposite.

“No one is replaceable. While you can put another person in that role, they can’t do that role as well as the person you ‘let go’,” he says.

“Staff is the main reason we get to grow, so it’s important to surround ourselves with the right people,” he says.

While his employees are integral to the business, so too is family – especially his wife and two children (pictured in the main headline image).

“I have a very understanding family… you need someone in your corner to say it’s okay for you to do the 90 to 100 hours per week to grow the business,” he says.

Despite earning the title of the ‘fastest growing’ business in the State, Clint will tell you success doesn’t come easy.

Instead, hard work and planning is what drives his thriving business.

“At the start, I sat for two months thinking and asking myself, ‘have I made the right decision?’ In the third month, as other companies around me began to fall, I started to pick up their work,” he says.

“Ever since we opened, the business growth just keeps going. I still sit back every month and it’s hard to take in just how far we’ve come over a short period… it just reinforces we did something right.”

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The Fast Movers SA 2016 Breakfast Presentation was hosted at Adelaide Oval

Despite the win, celebrations were put on hold for Clint who had ‘somewhere else to be’.

“It’ll be straight out of the suit and into my filthy tradie clothes,” he laughs.

Second ‘fastest moving’ business was Magnetic Alliance, followed by Australian Fashion Labels in third place.

Adelaide Precision Glass receives a Statewide Super $10,000 cash prize, $15,000 Kain C+C Lawyers services voucher, and a $3,000 BDO Tax and Advisory services voucher.

Congratulations to all of the Top 25 businesses listed in this year’s program. See below for the full listing:

1. Adelaide Precision Glass

2. Magnetic Alliance (Brand South Australia member)

3. Australian Fashion Labels (Brand South Australia member)

4. SA Construct Pty Ltd

5. Supashock

6. Beltana Station Pty Ltd (Brand South Australia member)

7. Resonate Acoustics

8. Op2ma Pty Ltd

9. Positive Lending Solutions

10. National Crime Check

11. Bultarra Australian Saltbush Lamb (Brand South Australia member)

12. Udder Delights Group Pty Ltd

13. MRS Property (Brand South Australia member)

14. T & J Constructions

15. Australian Window Solutions (Brand South Australia member)

16. Beyond the Boardroom

17. HMPS

18. Beer Girls

19. G-Force Building and Consulting

20. Blackbird IT (Brand South Australia member)

21. Gelista

22. Jongs Nursery

23. Ouwens Casserly Real Estate (Brand South Australia member)

24. WageLoch

25. Fresh 92.7 (Brand South Australia member)

Fast Movers 2016

Program Partners

Brand South Australia

Major Sponsor

Statewide Super

Program Sponsors

Government of South Australia Tax Reform
Kain C+C Lawyers
Australian Institute of Business

Media Partners

News Corp
Five AA
Channel 9