What inspired 20-something hospitality workers to turn a country café into a fine dining destination for foodies (and food reviewers) from around the country?
Expanding the dream
Harvest has been a NAB client for seven years – since the day the trio needed to secure a loan to build an al fresco dining deck.
“It was the first time we’d looked to borrow money.” Tristan says.
“We were a bunch of young kids who didn’t just need funding, we needed support and guidance – someone to come into our corner. We walked across the road and spoke to NAB and not only did we get everything sorted, we got a partner.”
Funding from NAB has since helped restore a historic bakery, build an on-site deli, restore Harvest’s signature restaurant and create four hole-in-the-wall Sparrow cafes.
“The relationship has given us strength and the ability to move forward,” Tristan says.
“NAB bought into our future and, from the day they did, we haven’t looked back.”
The team at Harvest also use NAB EFTPOS Mobile payment terminals. These terminals – which accept payments at the counter or on the move – allow for same-day settlement, giving businesses access to their sales at the end of every day, when settling to a NAB Business Transaction Account before 9.30pm. With simple pricing options, businesses can also pay a fixed monthly amount on transactions within their included monthly card turnover.
We also offer a variety of NAB EFTPOS Mobile payment plans to suit different priorities and needs.
Staying true to self
Eleven years in and Harvest is a bustling, thriving reality that employs a team of 70 locals and whose stellar reputation keeps foodie fans from near and far coming back for more.
Despite the commercial success of the operation, the trio’s raison d’être is the same as it ever was.
“For us, being in business will always be about pride, passion, people and place,” Tristan says.
“If all those elements are present, profit will happen too, but it should never be what a business is centred around.
“We see Harvest as a living, breathing organism that’s fed by all those things – it’s bigger than us and that’s always been the point.”
To anyone who meets the trio you can see why the business is so successful – they have held onto their raison d’être.
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