Successful small businesses are built upon a strong foundation of dedication, perseverance and resilience. Wayne and Jenny Barker have those qualities in spades. The Barker’s Butchery couple also have a huge helping of humbleness, so it was left to family and friends to organise a celebration to mark their 40 years in business.
“We are so proud of dad and mum and know that a lot of people who were part of the business are also proud,” daughter Kylie Hayden said at the surprise event.
“Not many people can say they have run the same small business for 40 years, and done so with such a positive attitude and commitment.”
They have only had two or three holidays over the past 40 years – one of which we had to organise. The employees surprised them so that they would go.Kylie Hayden
Ms Hayden said she and her siblings, Cheyne and Jessica, admired the way their parents have run their business and contributed to the community.
“Dad never gives up,” she said. “He continuously works hard, even on his one day off. When local businesses call him at home on a Sunday to order meat he goes to the shop and gets their order without hesitation or complaints. He never wants to let them or anyone else down.
“And they are always donating and offering support to the community and other businesses. Dad is always willing to give local kids a go or a kickstart in working, no matter who they are or where they're from.
“They have only had two or three holidays over the past 40 years – one of which we had to organise. The employees surprised them so that they would go.”