Wet-seal now the toast of the coast


THINGS just keep getting better for Jim Child and 'team Wet-seal'.

Earlier this year the managing director of Wet-seal celebrated ranking 22 on the BRW magazine's top 50 list of the fastest-growing franchises in Australia for 2006 and now the company is the toast of the city after being named the 2007 Coffs Coast Advocate Business of the Year.

But the accolades don't stop there.

As well as collecting the main award at the 2007 Coffs Coast Business Awards on Saturday night, the business that was started in Coffs Harbour in 1985 received three other awards; Manufacturing Construction and Trades Award, Excellence in Training and Excellence in Export.

"What can I say ... we are all pretty proud at the moment," Mr Child said.

"To pick up one award would have been fantastic, but to take home four, including the main award, was a big surprise."

Established to provide waterproofing solutions for the building industry and other areas, Wet-seal continues to go from strength to strength.

In 2001, Mr Child turned the business into a franchise, and there are now more than 70 of them throughout Australia and New Zealand.

However, it still remains very much a local business with all of the operations overseen from the Toormina corporate office, which will soon be moving into a new and bigger - building at the Isles industrial estate in Coffs Harbour.

"I put our success down to the passion that our team has for what we do," Mr Child said.

"Receiving an award such as this (Business of the Year) is recognition of that.

"It really is a great honour."

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