Geographically, Johnsons MME’s client base is broad and reaches around Australia although the majority of our work is for clients based in the Southern NSW Riverina and North East Victoria regions.
Based in the regional centre of Albury Wodonga, we work for many different types of clients such as privately owned companies, family businesses and high net wealth individuals. We have a critical mass of business clients who are in the agriculture, manufacturing, construction, transport, local government, registered clubs, tourism and education sectors and so have a particular knowledge of these industries.
Many of our clients use Johnsons MME because they are seeking a full range of services that they would normally only be able to find from a larger city based practice. With Johnsons MME, they have the business services and chartered accounting advice that they require, right on their doorstep.
Client Case Studies
Lupins for Life
Who is Lupins for Life?
Lupins for Life is a true paddock to plate story. They grow and trace their produce from planting to each and every package. Their vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians by introducing communities to the nutritional benefits of Australian sweet white lupins.
Lupins for Life is a family affair.
Gary Drew is a Director & Owner of Lupins for Life. He is a Brocklesby farmer and the brain child of converting Lupins from fodder to human consumption.
Also involved in the business are:
• Heather Drew, Gary’s wife
• Roger Drew, General Manager. Roger is Gary’s brother, and a Director & Owner
• Christine Johnston, Operations Manager. Christine is Gary’s sister, and a Director & Owner
The family have been working with Johnsons MME for over 40 years, with Gary’s father & grandfather also being Johnsons MME clients.
How Lupins for Life and Johnsons MME have worked together
Initial structure advice
In setting up Lupins for Life, the family needed advice on the most appropriate structure for their business to ensure the family understood what factors were most important to them. Additionally, advice on which structure would ultimately provide the solution to those most important factors.
Gary asked Stephen Hogan, Business Services Director to present to the on the options available to them.
Stephen provided detailed advice regarding structures involving asset protection, income tax minimisation, CGT minimisation, future succession planning and cost considerations.
This led to the family considering Stephens recommendations and the setup of Lupins for Life Pty Ltd.
Significant capital investment was required for Lupins for Life to get off the ground. Gary and the family’s vision was to collaborate with like-minded people to bring their dream to life. This included offering investment opportunities to arrange of individuals and organisations. Gary and the family asked Stephen to be involved in negotiations. This included the preparation of reports and presentation to potential shareholders.
The investors were all on board with the family’s vision and the capital raised to ensure Lupins for Life had the necessary funding to commence and continue production.
Budgeting & Forecasting
Cashflow is the lifeblood of any business, and this is recognised by Gary and the family. Stephen regular works with Lupins for Life to ensure their budgeting and forecasting
This includes introducing the latest technology cloud-based software solutions to meet the business’ accounting and management needs.
Stephen tailored the chart of accounts and coding to provide Lupins for Life management with meaningful information.
Lupins for Life now
Lupins for Life have focused solely on the premium variety of Australian Sweet White Lupins for its better taste and higher protein and fibre levels.
Since 2016, Lupins for Life have built their own research and development facility and dedicated gluten-free mill. As a company, they know that innovation is the key to their success and to the customer enjoyment of lupins.
Lupins for Life story has just begun, and Johnsons MME
Big River Roofing
We were new to the business world and were very nervous about embarking upon our new venture, Big River Roofing.
Our accountant and business advisor, Paul Goonan from Johnsons MME helped to settle our nerves pretty quickly with his professional advice and business planning ideas to support our dream of running our own successful business.
Paul is always there to help us make decisions to move our business forward.
Most of all Paul gives us the confidence as business owners, taking away the worry because he is there every step of the way.
Dean Mount, Big River Roofing
Jayco Albury Wodonga
In today’s complex business operating environment with pressures on profitability and growth funding, Paul has been fundamental to the success and expansion of Jayco Albury Wodonga.
Paul instils in us the discipline required to keep our business on track with rigorous business planning, monitoring and adjustment of strategies.
It feels like Paul is a member of our team as he is easily accessible and makes himself available to our managers for guidance as an independent and informed sounding board.
Michael Houlihan, Jayco Albury Wodonga