HIS IS a familiar face on the saleyards catwalks of the Southern Downs but this week livestock agent George McVeigh sported a new look.
The personable agent, in partnership with well-known local Jim Ross, has just opened Warwick's first TopX Australia branch.
For Mr McVeigh, the move is the realisation of a long-held dream to work for himself and run his own business.
The business model that sets us apart is we provide opportunities for business ownership and give financial success back to the people on the ground doing the work.
And, he admitted, the concerns invariably associated with branching into self-employment had been offset by joining such a widely-known and well-respected livestock and rural property network.
"I have always wanted to work for myself so I am thrilled to finally have that opportunity," Mr McVeigh said.
"I think when you work for yourself, all the hard work and energy you put in directly benefits you and your business."
Warwick born and bred, Mr McVeigh started his working life on his family dairy at Freestone, before leaving school for a job selling rural merchandise. He then shifted to fuel and lubricant sales before a decade as an Elders livestock agent.
"Jim and I made the decision to go into business for ourselves because TopX offered a model that appealed to us," he said.
"We own the franchise and make the decisions but we are part of a successful network and we have their administration and marketing support.
"Even here in south-east Queensland, producers know the TopX group and respect and trust them and we liked their philosophy, which is largely focused on establishing good client relationships."
He said Mr Ross brought to the business a thorough understanding of livestock and meat processing.
"Jim was abattoir foreman at Killarney for a long time and he has excellent knowledge of cattle and sheep and is committed to building our business."
TopX Warwick joins 12 other TopX Australia branches scattered throughout Australia. For TopX Australia director Cyril Close the expansion into south-east Queensland was a natural progression for a business which has savoured success in the sector since it formed in 2010.
Mr Close said the appeal of the TopX model was branches were independently owned and managed but had the advantage of being in a proven network and support system.
"The business model that sets us apart is we provide opportunities for business ownership and give financial success back to the people on the ground doing the work," he said.
"Our motto is Old Values, New Ways and we put a great deal of emphasis on client relationships, integrity and ethics."
TopX Warwick will operate in a mobile capacity in the immediate term and is contactable on 0459 441 606.
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