Hydraulink seeks new franchisees for booming area

By Sarah Stowe | 10 Aug 2020 View comments

Hydraulic hose supply and service franchise Hydraulink is on the hunt for franchisees in Western Sydney.

Franchise recruitment is focused on the area around Badgerys Creek, the site of the new Sydney airport.

The new airport, scheduled to be operating by 2026, will have an estimated impact on the Western Sydney economy over the period 2020-2050 of between $9.2 billion and $15.6 billion, and on the whole of Sydney economy of between $15.7 billion and $25.6 billion (in net present value terms), according to a report by Deloitte Access Economics.

Hydraulink managing director Denis Matulin said “The new airport is expected to generate as many as 45,000 new jobs over coming years, with major investment initially in the engineering, civil and construction sectors, followed by ongoing growth worth billions of dollars in aviation, transport, logistics and infrastructure.

“There will be a strong need for skilled hydraulic service providers at every phase of construction and growth.

“We see a great opportunity to foster quality businesses and quality long-term employment in the skilled teams we will put in the field, all trained and working to the same standards of engineering excellence, safety and standards compliance across multiple sites.”

Bus kitted out with bbq on board

To help spread the word an ex-State Transport Mercedes was converted by Campbelltown franchisee Jeff McCoskery [pictured above, far left] and his brother Steve. The pair spent nearly every Saturday for months transforming the bus into a mobile service centre, billboard and customer reception centre combined.

Campbelltown franchisee Jeff McCoskery fitted out the yellow bus as a mobile service centre | Inside Franchise Business

Campbelltown franchisee Jeff McCoskery fitted out the yellow bus as a mobile service centre | Inside Franchise Business

The 12.5m bus comes kitted out with tool benches and stock and has been equipped with a barbecue, fridge and hospitality area for when it’s time to kick back.

“We were going to get a brightly decorated container on site at our Narellan headquarters – to complement our workshop base there and to supply the utes we use to get onto sites that demand them for access – but this was a better idea.

“Now we’re unleashing a super-size surprise on unsuspecting audiences around the district. Everyone who has seen it so far says they can’t believe it – they have never seen anything like it,” said Jeff.

“By taking the bus to them – rather than expecting them to come to us – we can get down to the nitty gritty of their needs in a relaxed but professional way. We can show them, on the spot, the type of quality work we do.”

Hydraulink franchise manager Wayne Abbott said Jeff’s attitude sums up franchisees’ can-do approach.

“Guys like Jeff are hugely motivated to get out and anticipate what the customer needs – quick responses, minimising downtime, reliable service, meeting tight deadlines and delivering global standards of safety and standards compliance across the network. They have a great story to tell, and what a way to tell it.”