Why You Should Be Spending Locally

Why You Should Be Spending Locally

A few years ago, purchasing internationally – at least across many categories – was a no-brainer. Prices were significantly lower, and quality and increased exponentially even from countries not traditionally associated with manufacturing. But this is often no longer the case, with local suppliers being forced to compete internationally, and overseas suppliers adjusting their prices in line with increasing costs. In this article, we will talk about why spending locally is now the best option.

Your Economy

It’s no secret that local economies rely on local spending. While single transactions don’t make a significant dent in the economic figures, hundreds of transactions certainly do. Local spending, when undertaken by large groups of people, creates more than just happy business owners, it creates a flow-on effect to other businesses, and makes a real impact on the quality of your life and those of the generations that follow you.

Your Business

When money stays local everyone benefits. None more so than local business owners who can engage more effectively with those closest to them. Interestingly, this isn’t a purely financial benefit. When business relationships improve, networks grow, friendships develop and communities become closer. The local coffee shop is a brilliant example of the power of a business to bring people together, but the same can be true of any business that engages effectively with locals.

Your Quality of Life

Thriving local businesses can behave fearlessly. When this is the case – when business owners are confident their businesses are stable – innovation leads the way. This means more, and better products, expanded service offerings and a more robust, thriving community. Examples of this include silicon valley during the tech boom, and North Queensland during the mining boom. When business is doing well and money is staying local, everyone wins.

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Daniel Lim-Bromilow

Operations Manager – K9

Daniel entered the industry in 2005 and commenced with Infront Security as a K9 Handler in 2010.

Daniel brings to Infront over a decade of on the ground experience and extensive knowledge of security. 

After seven years in supervisory and operational roles within the company, Daniel now manages Static Security and K9 services for some of Infront’s most high profile clients. 

Daniel has a demonstrated history managing large scale portfolios, with a proactive, hands on approach and a commitment to actively promoting company performance, standards and ideology in a client service environment. Daniel holds a Certificate III in Security Operations as well as undertaking studies in Justice Administration and other professional development in the workplace.

Brendan Hines

Operations Manager- Events

Brendan has been an integral component of the Infront Events Management team since late 2017. He came to us following a long career in various operational roles, having worked/managed security at most of the major events on the Queensland events calendar. Brendan is responsible of coordinating the event security team, roster development, staff recruitment, development of work instructions/Security Management Plan as well as ensuring contractual compliance. During major events, Brendan is responsible for co-ordinating security personal at the event, liaising with all stake holders and ensuring all compliance issues are being meet  . Brendan works closely with our Crowd Control Department to manage the Infront staffing pool so that all staffing requirements for both events, as well as regular day-today services, are met.

Cheryl Lowlen

Office Manager

Cheryl started at Infront since inception in 2002 doing all office administration functions at that time.

Since Infront has grown Cheryl is now responsible for overseeing all office functions as well as the internal auditing of quality assurance management system. The Infront HSEQ internal management system, assisting in the initiating and implementing policy and procedures.  

Cheryl also does compliance and administration at the major events and festivals on the Infront calendar working alongside the event manager. She also  performs some  IT functions in the office and implementation of new systems.

Neil Dicholkar

Financial Controller

Neil commenced working for Infront in October 2017 following a wide ranging career in corporate finance and administration. Neil has exposure in diverse industries including Travel, ICT, FMCG and Services.  A Chartered Accountant by trade Neil also holds a MBA and a Bachelor of Science. As a Financial Controller, Neil is responsible for the financial integrity of the Group and finance related activities from Cash Flow Management, Budgeting & Forecasting, day to day management of finance function to meet the expectations of our clients.

Lisa Smith

HSE Cordinator

Prior to commencing with Infront Security, Lisa has worked for many years with a number of major mining companies, both nationally and internationally. As a Safety and Risk professional, she has been responsible for risk assessment facilitation (HSE and whole of business), development of ISO compliant HSE management systems, development of induction and safety leaderships programs, as well as the development of Audit and Compliance programs.

Since joining Infront, she has introduced a range of initiatives based on her extensive experience, which has contributed significantly to the increased safety of our staff.  Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science (environmental/ Chemistry), Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training and Certificate III in Frontline Management, as well as being an accredited Rehabilitation and Return to Work Coordinator.

David Ford

Operations Manager-static

David commenced with Infront Security in 2016 following a long and extensive 15 year career in security operational management roles. As a security professional, he has developed his account management and project management expertise throughout his career, and brings to Infront a range of experience not often seen at the operational management level. David is currently responsible for all of our Static Guard Queensland sites, and is an accredited Workplace Rehabilitation Coordinator, holding a Certificate IV in Workplace Health and Safety as well as various security operations accreditation.

Dudley van Staveren

State Operations Manager

Dudley commenced working in the security industry in 1994, and has undertaken a variety of operational management roles before Infront Security as the State Operations Manager in 2010. Dudley is responsible for the contract management of all our static guarding, mobile patrols and K9&Handler team clients, as well as providing support to the Crowd Control/Event Security Division.

He has built a strong reputation within the industry for his exceptional customer service, collaborative problem solving, and staff management skills, evidenced by the longevity of the relationships he has developed with our client base. Dudley holds a Diploma of Security and Risk Management, as well as undertaking various professional development in workplace health and safety and security operations.

Matthew Bhimbhai

Founder and CEO

Matthew has been involved in the security industry for over 25 years. In 2002, he saw a need for a truly customer-focused locally-based security company and established the Infront Security Group. Matthew’s strategic positioning has seen what commenced ostensibly as a crowd control company grow to incorporate the full gamut of manpower offerings with Infront currently providing security services to some of the most critical infrastructure across Queensland. He is a key figure in the security industry, working closely with various Queensland State Government departments to promote security risk and compliance, and providing operational advice on a range of security issues that confront our society today. Matthew is a “hands on” leader and has ultimate responsibility for all of our client sites as the Contract Sponsor and is the Event Manager for all of the major events that we service.

Matthew holds a Diploma in Security Operations and Risk Management, and has undertaken various training programs in workplace training and assessment, and weapons instruction. Matthew has also participated in numerous specialist training programs pertinent to the climate we operate in today such as the Responding to Chemical, Biological and Radiological Attacks held at Macquarie University in Sydney.