Natasha and Rob Collins have worked their way up from the bottom to become executives/entrepreneurs, and they’ve done most of the journey together as husband and wife. They ran a travel agent for a few years, sold up, returned to the world of work and started a family. Eventually they took the plunge again with Tidal Solutions: a mechanical maintenance firm that specialise in the iron and gold mining sectors.
They started with just one additional member of staff, but 12 years later they now have over 100. It’s interesting to hear how they coped with managing a fast-growing team when they only had previous experience of managing a small group. In the words of Natasha, “not knowing the kids’ birthdays” was difficult to handle at first, but thanks to learning on the job and the help of a business advisor, they have both sharpened their management skills significantly.
Listen to the podcast to hear how they bettered themselves, and how they handled the extra pressure of being husband and wife while they did it.
- How Natasha and Rob have successfully run two companies as husband and wife
- How Tidal diversified during the mining downturn
- How Rob started as an apprentice and worked his way up
- How Rob cashed in on the mining boom times
- The benefits of starting out in a business with low outgoings and low numbers of staff
- How they coped with having to suddenly manage a large team
- Why Natasha needed an MBA
- How a business advisor helped with top-level strategy
- How Tidal position themselves as an employer of choice
- How Tidal has become more durable as a result of Covid
- How Rob and Natasha have grown as leaders
- How Rob learnt to understand the different dynamics of gold and iron mining