In 2012, SpeeDee Office Experts Ltd. received a $3,000 grant from Northern Development through the Competitiveness Consulting Rebate program towards this $6,000 project. This has been a funding partnership of Northern Development and SpeeDee Office Experts Ltd.
SpeeDee Office Experts has expanded its with new locations in Fort St. John and Prince George, creating new jobs and supporting the local economy with Northern Development’s help.
Three years ago, SpeeDee took advantage of Northern Development’s Competitiveness Consulting Rebate program to improve internal reporting systems at its Terrace, Smithers and Prince George branches. President and General Manager of SpeeDee, David George, recognized SpeeDee’s reporting system wasn’t keeping up with the company’s changing needs and that it needed to gain operational efficiency.
“As you grow you need a good reporting system to measure how you are doing in each location,” said George. “This gives us goals and allows us to make informed adjustments”. The consulting rebate program provided the funds SpeeDee needed to hire a first-rate consultant to see which areas of its business were excelling and which areas required adjustments.
“This helped us grow,” said George. “As a result of the Trust’s program we not only opened up a new SpeeDee in Fort St. John but we also set up a furniture show room and an office supply distribution warehouse in Prince George,” said George. Speedee was to reach into new markets and scale up its business with an expansion of its office furniture business.
“In our market area there is a huge potential and we are preparing ourselves for a busy future.”
George recommended the Trust’s program to other businesses, saying: “the Competitiveness Consulting Rebate helped our business gain focus. The program was absolutely amazing, the staff were excellent and it’s worked out very well.”
"As a result of the Trust’s program we not only opened up a new SpeeDee in Fort St. John, but we also set up a furniture show room and an office supply distribution warehouse in Prince George.”"David George, President and General Manager, SpeeDee Office Experts