Supporting local communities is the mantra for a brand with local origins. Founded by Mark Saxby in 1984, Banjo’s has grown from strength to strength and now boasts 36 bakery café’s across Australia. The latest addition is at Longford in the north of the state and also boasts Banjo’s newest franchisee.
Damien Benson has been with Banjo’s for over 15 years after starting as a cleaner at the Margate bakery. Damien’s affinity with the bakery environment saw him quickly move through the ranks and when he transferred to Moonah in 2007 it wasn’t long before he became Assistant Manager.
When the opportunity came along to become Store Manager, it was a natural progression and saw him managing a team of up to 30 staff.
“Banjo’s has been a great company to be involved with” Damien said, “Opportunities are there for those who are prepared to reach for their goals.”
Managing Director of Banjo’s, Jessica Saxby is a big believer in enabling employees to reach their potential and to make professional development and training available for everyone within the company. “We have great people working at Banjo’s and with the right support and mentoring they become our greatest assets.”
“Due to Damien’s ongoing achievements as Store Manager an endless positive “can do” attitude towards work, he was selected as the first person to participate in our new Self Raising Program.”
The Self Raising Program is an internal training program that assists Banjo’s employees to become a Franchisee and own their own store. Participants in the program receive full training and support provided by the team of industry specialists at the Banjo’s Resource Centre based in Hobart.
Damien believes the Self Raising Program is an important process and the support and training provided by the Resource Centre is key to becoming a successful Franchisee. “I feel extremely fortunate to have been selected for the program and would recommend it to others if the opportunity is presented to them.” he said.
Now a resident of Longford, Damien is proud to be able to provide benefits to the community with the creation of over 20 new jobs when it opens. “Who knows? Maybe one of them will end up on a similar journey to me.” Damien said.
Banjo’s Longford opens on 15 December with an exciting new interior and signage, and there are plans for further store openings – the next at Beerwah in Queensland.