NEIS Makes Matt’s Transfer to Business a Smooth Trip

TIME flies when you’re having fun – just ask emerging Victorian entrepreneur Matt Gray.              


On the eve of the 12-month anniversary since he started his first business Peninsula Airport Transfers, Matt doesn’t mince his words when looking back on the secret to the success of his business.


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“I’d had the idea in the back of my mind for some time, but I’d never really crunched the numbers in making it into a reality,” Matt said.


“I had been a service technician for a forklift company in a former life.


“I had a few mental health issues at work and once I got through that I went to Centrelink and signed up for the New Business Assistance with NEIS program at Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs.


“That was in August 2018 and I made the cut-off date to nominate for the program by two days – and I started the business a few weeks later on August 23.”


Nearly 12 months later and the Peninsula Airport Transfers’ fleet now consists of a six-passenger Volkswagen, a 11-passenger Mercedes Benz and its seven-day services have been a huge success.


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“We are flat out and the business is going really well,” Matt said.


“My wife Catherine and I run it together and it’s totally exceeded our expectations.


“We’re doing upwards of 15o transfers per month and we are now extending our services from airport transfers to winery tours, golf days and weddings.”


Matt was mentored by Sarina Russo Rosebud Business Solutions Coach Jack Farrell and he heaped praise on the support he received.


“Jack was great – you know where you stand with him. He’s hard but very fair and his support was extremely valuable in getting the business from an idea and a dream to a reality,” Matt said.


“Jack certainly made life easier when things got stressful in and I would recommend NEIS and Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs to anyone considering starting a business.”


For more information please visit www.peninsulaairporttransfers.com.au


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