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Hail The Donald!

Love him, or hate him, Donald Trump is proof that Americans have lost faith in their existing political process.  Same happened in Britain recently with Brexit &, I must say, the feeling in Australia seems to be much the same in that respect for our politicians, & most of the processes that surround them, seems to have hit an all-time low. I’d like to share with you a prime example of just that, something which just happened to us here at TradeTools...

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Christmas Message from TradeTools

2016 has been a hugely successful year for TradeTools, easily our best ever in fact, just as we hope it has been for many of you, our loyal customers.. Much of our focus this year has been on how we can better serve you, on how we can provide increasingly higher quality products and how we can continue to offer additional value to how you work and do business. The introduction of our Very Important Tradie VIT program is just one example of how you have told us we are helping you, with tens of thousands of tradies and business’s signing up to the program and enjoying its benefits since it was launched in August this year.

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Male Suicides In Our Building Trade?

It’s no secret, of course, that a great deal of our customers are building trade related males. Neither is it any secret that there is a huge problem with male suicides from this particular sector, in fact it’s been all over the media of late, particularly as it has now become a much greater cause of death than that caused by workplace accidents. It is also something that has touched many of us here at TradeTools, particularly as we have personally known of long standing customers that are no longer with us due to this terrible affliction……..death by loneliness as it has sometimes been very sadly been called... 

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TradeTools……An Age Old Business Ethos……But It Works?

TradeTools is proudly one of Queensland's leading suppliers of professional tools & related equipment; making & the supplying of tools being the human race’s second oldest profession of course! And, across almost 30 long years of trading, we have continuously managed to thrive & stay profitable every single year whilst staying famously competitive &, we like to believe, a few steps ahead of the game... 

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A Huge Thank You To Our Many New Brendale [Qld] Customers!

Back in March this year TradeTools opened its 16th store out at Brendale on Brisbane’s northside. We actually bought the old Home Hardware store on South Pine Road the year before & then spent some months refurbishing & rearranging before opening. We can only say that we have been ‘stunned’ by the results of our Brendale venture, in fact within just a few weeks of opening, our weekly figures there had surpassed some of our other much more stablished stores...

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Total Tools Are Brave……I’ll At Least Give ‘em That!

We are witnessing a new franchised Total Tools store about to open in Slacks Creek on Brisbane’s industrial south side. It’s probably a very tough area for anyone to choose to become a tool store proprietor in, actually even the [reportedly expensive] premises that Total Tools have chosen has experienced, we believe, a host of 'bright eyed' tenants come & go since it was built; & it wasn’t built that long ago either..!

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Thank You... For A Record Year!

Well….what can we say……. TradeTools had a record year………a huge increase on the record year before……..& it’s all thanks to you guys……………the worlds very best people…….. YOU our illustrious customers!
Even though the mining industry fell in a heap, most of our ‘not so illustrious’ political leaders lost their way, & the world economy continuing to trend sideways, we here at TradeTools became busier, & busier, until we ‘murdered’ our previous record.

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TradeTools... We Help Where We Can!

A loyal TradeTools customer of at least 25 years standing was unfortunately diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of cancer earlier this year. I went over to see Pete & was immediately struck by his bravery & determination, although it was a little upsetting when he asked me to help sell much of the tools & machinery that he had purchased as a carpenter from us since way back in the 1980’s. Rather than do that I thought, we should really try & help him fight this disease; & that is what we quickly decided to do...

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Australian Politicians... Why Not Start Speaking The Plain Truth For Once?

Like him....or loath him.....Donald Trump is seen as someone by people, across all political spectrums, who says it like it is. He doesn't mince his words, shies away from political correctness, sometimes gets his facts wrong, makes the occasional outrageously regrettable statement, doesn't hide his many prejudices & suspicions, believes in his own opinions covering many broad topics, generally a man who tends to live his life in his own very unique way. In short, Donald Trump comes across as more like someone's slightly eccentric outspoken rich uncle who possesses strengths, as well as shortcomings, carved out of a life of experience that has known success as well as failure. He is just about everything that a modern politician shouldn't be, & that is why so many people are voting for him!

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An Old Fashioned Business Ethos……..That Should Never Go Out Of Fashion!

We entered the Queensland tool industry over 35 years ago, with TradeTools in its present form commencing business in Capalaba in 1987. But from 35 years ago until now, we have always followed the same simple business ethos, an ethos that has always worked very well for us & allowed our business to slowly but surely prosper. It's an old fashioned ethos that includes a refusal to borrow money, always ploughing almost all of our profits back into our business, buying all of our premises wherever we can, paying excellent staff genuine & dignified performance based wages, supporting our many suppliers to the very best of our abilities, servicing & warranting everything we sell, being the best tool company to be found anywhere in Australia &, most importantly, always making sure that we are constantly as fair & reasonable as we can possibly be to all of our many customers!! Of course, none of this is rocket science, but it is always a mystery to us why so many other businesses seem not to wish to follow these simple time honoured rules...

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Australian Politicians........Why Not Start Speaking The Plain Truth For Once?

Like him....or loath him.....Donald Trump is seen as someone by people, across all political spectrum's, who says it like it is. He doesn't mince his words, shies away from political correctness, sometimes gets his facts wrong, makes the occasional outrageously regrettable statement, doesn't hide his many prejudices & suspicions, believes in his own opinions covering many broad topics, generally a man who tends to live his life in his own very unique way...

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Recession?.....Or No Recession?.......That Is The Question!

Well, I actually wrote this article before Malcolm Turnbull became our prime minister. I think that I can speak for most in the business community when I wish him well & hope that he brings some much needed stability & confidence to the political spectrum. After all, 5 different prime ministers over the last 5 years is getting a little too ‘Southern European’ for any mature democracy that relies upon stability, good leadership & trust. At least our latest prime minister has had some real world experience out there in the harsh world of business, genuine experience that any Australian leader surely needs in order to be properly effective in the world of today...

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