LIKE many in our town, Heathcote’s Gordon Bircham moved from Melbourne for a change of pace.
Motivated by frustration with city traffic and being laid off from his job as a textile engineer, Gordon made the move four years ago.
There wasn’t a lot of work around for the then 58-year-old, so he decided to create a job for himself.
He saw a need for a handyman service in town. The only existing services were based in Bendigo and he believed his experiencing renovating houses meant he could fulfil a local need.
And so the Heathcote Handyman was born — a registered, insured, police-checked handyman and gardening business for Heathcote and district.
Whether plastering, painting, gutter cleaning or weeding – there isn’t much Gordon won’t have a crack at.
He said in addition to a new lifestyle, his business has allowed him to settle in the community and make friends.
“I love the lifestyle in town,” he said.
“And it continues to amaze me how many people come out with tea and sandwiches while I’m doing a job for them.”
Business was a little slow to start with for Gordon, but word of excellent work soon spread and the jobs started rolling in.
“I’ve had plenty of word-of-mouth advertising and social media has also been helpful,” he said.
“I’m extremely thankful that the community has given me a chance and has been so welcoming.
“I look forward to seeing what the future holds.”
To book the Heathcote Handyman, call 0498 960 660 or visit his Facebook page to check out his previous work.
■ Each week The McIvor Times will feature/highlight a different local business. The aim of the Buy Local feature is to increase community awareness of the services/products on offer — with the intention of encouraging Heathcote and district to shop locally.