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Irish Chamber

2018 Finalist - Swilly Traffic Solutions

Irish Australian Business Awards Peoples Choice 2018

If you had asked me 5 years ago where I thought I would be in 2018, owning my own successful Traffic Control business wouldn’t even have entered my mind.  I moved to Sydney from a small town in Ireland in 2012; enthusiastic and keen to travel and expand my horizons. I was keen to gain new skills and experience in Australia and was willing to take on any job role to make a success of my new life. Having worked as a hairdresser in Ireland, in 2016 I found myself in Sydney as a traffic controller and had recognised a distinct gap in the market for a traffic management company. Not long after,at the age of 25 I started my own traffic management company. In the beginning, Swilly Traffic Solutions had just 1 Ute providing traffic management to a small civil contractor. Initially I had to balance my business start up with other part time work as a hospital porter. Within three months my hard work began to pay off as word of my quality service spread and I expanded with another ute and three employees. Since then the business has gone from strength to strength.

I worked day and night to make this dream a reality; networking dedication and support from friends and family allowed the business to grow. The reputation of Swilly Traffic Solutions gained momentum and was surpassing projected sales figures. In March 2017 I unfortunately got a call to sat my best friend had been murdered in India, this was probably the most testing part of being chief executive of my own business.  This personal challenge also became a challenge for Swilly Traffic Solutions, as I tried to remotely manage the company from Ireland and India.. Thankfully with help from my closest friends who worked in Sydney to keep the business going whilst I was gone, I reluctantly returned to my old life in Sydney with a fresh perspective on what matters in life. Those around me carried me at my lowest points and encouraged me when I no longer had the drive in myself. Over time, I learned to live with my grief and slowly my hunger for success returned. After facing the most difficult hurdle in my life I have even surprised myself of my capabilities.

There have been steep learning curves, late nights, rapid expansion and personal challenges, yet Swilly Traffic Solutions continues to grow and go from strength to strength. Swilly traffic solutions which began as an idea, turned into a dream and became a reality. Swilly Traffic Solutions is proof that if you follow your dreams, ideas can become reality and I am proud that a company that began with one Ute, now has eight and currently employs over 20 staff. It is so true that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds! Never give up on yourself or your dreams.