May 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WW Souvenirs Gifts and Homewares, Unit 13/ 368 Earnshaw Road, Banyo, QLD
Jodie Watson
0439 782 549

Have you thought about collaborating with another family business to not only bounce ideas from each other but also progress each of your businesses?

Atho Group, specialising in work health and safety and WW Souvenirs Gifts and Homewares have done just this. Come along for a site visit at the new warehouse space of WW Souvenirs and hear how AthoGroup assisted in the purchase of the premise and the important steps they took at the upcoming Family Business Insider – Show & Tell event. You will have the opportunity to gain first-hand insights into the operations of WW Souvenirs and understand what they do on a daily basis.

Julie Russel, Managing Director of AthoGroup and Richard Whittington Owner of WW Souvenirs Gifts and Homewares will share:

  • How the two family businesses are working together
  • The process AthoGroup undertake in helping their clients
  • The complexities of working with family members
  • The journey and evolution of each business


Richard Whittington | WW Souvenirs Gifts and Homewares

Originally Richard and his brother Doug worked in the business and Richard was responsible for product development and design while Doug looked after warehouse operations. Due to family circumstances Richard purchased the business in July 2014 and commenced operations as WW Souvenirs Gifts and Homewares on 1st August 2014. Richard and his wife Linda now run the business and joined Family Business Australia to further their understanding of family business dynamics and to promote their origins.

Julie Russel | AthoGroup

Julie is the founder and managing Principal of AthoGroup, providing operational risk management and business continuity services to the commercial, industrial, accommodation, education and retail sectors. Julie holds the relevant QBCC licenses, Construction Industry White Card and Working with children Blue Card

Her career in management spans 21 years where she held State Property and Facilities Management responsibility for a portfolio of 170 commercial, retail and accommodation buildings for eight (8) years. Prior to this, she was the Queensland Community Services and Emergency Response Lead Coordinator. Julie is a qualified and licensed Property and Facilities Manager with associated qualifications in Work Health and Safety, Fire and Emergency Management and Workplace Training and Assessment.

Background information: WW Souvenirs Gifts and Homewares

WW Souvenirs was established in 1964 by Mr Don Whittington and has evolved into one of Australia’s major wholesalers into the tourism souvenir market across Australia. Specialising in Australiana products the Company has numerous licensing agreements with Indigenous artists and other niche Australian Made products. The business has a reputation for creativity, innovation and prompt supply of products. It is this reputation that has enabled the family to continue to prosper in a very dynamic and competitive market. The vast majority of product design and development is done in-house while manufacturing is undertaken in China and other countries.

After purchasing the business from Richard’s brother Doug in 2014, Richard and his wife Linda now run the business are extremely proud of their long tradition of sourcing and supporting Australian Made products and Indigenous artists and their communities through the manufacture of royalty based products. Two examples are their exclusive agreements are Jean Charles (Australian owned and Australian made) and renowned Indigenous Artist and proud Kalkadoon Man, Mr Colin Jones.

This is a free event. Please note that if you are not a member of FBA you are only able to attend one of our Family Business Insider events as a complimentary guest otherwise the price to attend is $100 per person.