helped us grow
The Bogdanichs' story
"My Dad came to Australia with a suitcase…and this is the result".
Today Bogdanich Farms produces around 6 million iceberg lettuce, 1 million cauliflowers and 1 million celeries. But the future wasn't always so certain.
"We couldn't move forward with our previous bank. Times were tough - there was no breathing room."
A meeting with Bankwest soon began a new chapter in the Bogdanich Farms' success story.
"They looked at our business. They understood the agri side of things. If it hadn't been for Bankwest we wouldn't be here."
In the last eight years Bogdanich Farms has continued to flourish with new sheds, new hydro coolers, new machinery, and most importantly, new markets.
Learn more by watching their story.
Bankwest understand our business
The Newton Brothers' story
For years Newton Brothers Orchards was growing faster than their business infrastructure could support. They needed to invest back into their business so they could expand domestically and compete internationally, with a bank that understood their vision.
With a solid expansion plan and Bankwest at their side, the Newton Brothers have never looked back.
"They've taken the time to come and understand our business, our peak debt periods, our peak income periods...Bankwest have backed us all the way."
Watch the story to learn more about how their progressive approach has seen them grow into one of the best orchards in the WA.
Ian Shippen's story
Caught in a devastating drought and with no money coming in, Ian faced some tough decisions. He needed a bold plan to keep his ewe population alive. His answer: buy more property.
"With no money coming in, you're saying to the bank you want to buy more property - you've got to have a very understanding bank manager to do that." It was ambitious, but Bankwest took the time to understand his vision and made a commitment to back Ian all the way.
"We put the master plan to them, they liked the look of it, so they backed me."
Today, Ian's business is one of Australia's leading sheep farms. Learn more by watching his story.
The Herbert family story
'Six generations of farming and the banks didn't want to know us'
The Herbert family boasts a proud farming heritage stretching back six generations to 1791. But when they were ready to expand, there was no support.
A visit from Bankwest changed everything. The Herberts' plans were back on track and Australia's oldest farming family is again looking forward to the next 200 years on the land.
Watch the video to see how the Herberts have progressed from humble beginnings to an advanced modern day operation.
Built on Service Excellence
The Walsh Brothers' Story
For the Walsh brothers, success in business is all about service. So it's no surprise they've been loyal Bankwest customers since day one.
"We started with Bankwest. They always listened to our ideas when we wanted to grow."
From a single butcher shop back in 1957, Peter and Greg Walsh have built their father's business to employ over 500 people.
"We base our business on excellent service – and that's what Bankwest gives us. It's second to none."
Today, that commitment to service has seen V&V Walsh go from strength to strength as one of Australia's leading meat processors and exporters.
Learn more by watching their story.
Bankwest can see the bigger picture
The Roberts' story
"Bankwest helped us expand – they really saw the bigger picture."
After 50 years with the same bank, Andrew Roberts wasn't getting the support he needed to grow his farm. He turned to Bankwest and hasn't looked back.
"Bankwest have a different mindset to other banks as far as agriculture is concerned – and that what makes the difference to me."
When the opportunity to buy an extra 750 hectares came up, Bankwest's knowledge of the business allowed them to see the bigger picture and how the Roberts' farm could grow. From humble beginnings as a single one-bedroom cottage to 5400-hectare strong working farm with 10,000 sheep and 1000 Angus cows, Andrew Roberts continues to grow his family's legacy.
"To have someone that understands your business and is providing you with finance as well – it just makes life so much easier."
Learn more by watching the Roberts' story.
Bankwest helped us triple in size
The Zammits' story
Already one of the top poultry growers in South East Queensland, Mark and Lorraine Zammit made the big decision to expand into hydroponics - and Bankwest was with them all the way.
While growing chooks comes with the relative safety of contracts and fixed rates, hydroponic lettuce needs a different approach to financing.
"One day you're making good money and one day you're not...Bankwest understands that".
After talking with Aaron from Bankwest, the Zammits had all the advice and encouragement they needed to grow their business. Instead of paying principle on the farm, Aaron arranged an interest only loan; extra money was then accumulated to fund their expansion into hydroponics.
“We've tripled in size since we started…and I'd like to get twice the size we are now.”
Learn more by watching the Zammits' story.