Relishing a new career

WHEN one door closes another one opens, and that certainly was the case for James Davey, former Dick Smith store manager, who has now found work at the new Every Battery store in Glenorchy.

Mr Davey was offered a management position by Francis Collins, Every Battery’s owner, who has staffed his new store in Glenorchy exclusively with tech savvy, former Dick Smith employees.

Mr Davey, who now manages the first Every Battery store in Southern Tasmania, said he was looking forward to the beginning of an exciting opportunity.

‘‘I’ve got a young family to look after at home, so the pressure really began to set in as things wound down at Dick Smith,’’ Mr Davey said.

‘‘The whole situation worked out really well. We were able to continue to work in a familiar environment, and Francis was able to establish his new store with experienced staff in just three weeks.’’

Mr Davey expressed his gratitude to Mr Collins for taking the time to help out employees faced with an unfortunate situation.

‘‘Francis simply came into the shop on one of our last trading days and asked if any of us were looking for work,’’ he said.

‘‘I was really impressed that he had come out to offer a helping hand rather than just advertising and waiting for us to come to him.’’

Mr Collins spent the past month travelling around Tasmania, visiting Dick Smith stores, offering opportunities to employees faced with forced redundancy.

‘‘I saw the opportunity to both help out those facing redundancy and build the business through the help of some great employees that already know a thing or two about batteries.’’ Mr Collins said.

Mr Collins operates three Every Battery stores in Victoria and one in Launceston.

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