“The award allowed us to get our foot in the door for partnerships we wouldn’t have otherwise established.”
Brisbane-based start-up Tanda may be young in business terms, just two years old and with an average employee age of 23, but its meteoric growth has been achieved in a number of ways.
Initially it was the no-guts, no-glory approach by its four youthful directors, followed by the whole team’s obsessive client focus. And then came the award that put the crown on top – the ANZ Made In Brisbane Award for High-Growth Business Start-Up – a major category in the 2014 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards.
With the prestigious awards celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, past winners and nominees like Tanda are now looking back on what the awards have meant to their businesses and overall approach to business.
Tanda is a time and attendance tool that helps reduce payroll administration to under five minutes and allocates rostering with minimal data entry. And the mission is simple – “to make timesheets sexy”.
Winning last year’s start-up award was the leg-up Tanda needed both financially and emotionally.
It was a real boost for the whole team at Tanda to receive this award,” one of Tanda’s directors, Jake Phillpot, said. “From the guys who hit the ground running on day one to those who had recently joined the team, the award made the hard work worth it.”
Fellow director Tasmin Trezise, who accepted the award on the night, said: “When you’re constantly working towards the vision you’ve set for yourself and your business, you tend to focus on clients and making revenue. You forget to stop for a minute to reflect.
“Sometimes it takes someone else’s recognition of your hard work for you to appreciate how far you’ve come. The award allowed us to get our foot in the door for partnerships we wouldn’t have otherwise established.”
According to Tasmin, the benefits of the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards run deeper than helping to drive business growth. “We believe in our team and that’s been instrumental in Tanda’s success,” Tasmin said.
“For example, the team from The Print Bar, who signed up for Tanda in 2014, passed on that they were awarded 2015 Australian Small Business Championship’s (ASBC) Young Entrepreneur Award. We’ve always tried to stay in close contact with our clients so it’s great to be able to be part of their story and share in their success.”
After winning the award last year, Tanda has tripled its office space and doubled its staff. It has opened an international office and recently achieved one million employees clocking in and out of work.
This milestone was celebrated by successfully processing full payroll in two minutes, on a tablet, while wakeboarding, and thereby putting a whole new meaning to the term “a hard day at the office”.
According to the team at Tanda: “It’s the human aspect of what a Lord Mayor’s Business Award can do for young entrepreneurs such as Tanda, something as simple as encouraging you to work a little bit harder, that often goes unnoticed but makes the quality of success just that little bit better.”
For more information about Tanda, go to tanda.co.
Image: Part of Tanda’s “obsessive client focus” team (from left) Jake Phillpot, Tasmin Trezise, Alex Ghiculescu and Josh Cameron.