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Entrepreneur marked for success

SOUTH West entrepreneur of the year and state contender Kevin Coote has all the hallmarks of success, be it in business, sport or community work.

So say those in the Bunbury region who have worked alongside the successful local business man.

Forty-nine year old Mr Coote describes himself as a one-eyed Bunbury man who has lived in Bunbury since the age of four.

Schooled in Bunbury, he went on to do an apprenticeship as a car mechanic before becoming a real estate agent at the Bunbury Professionals.

He remained at the Professionals for twenty years.

Former colleague Professionals real estate agent Ross Ranson said Mr Coote was always prepared to work hard.

“Kevin’s always been aggressive and forward thinking in all that he has done, from sailing to his business,” Mr Ranson said.

“He’s made a success at all that he has done and he always works hard at achieving that success.”

Besides being recognised for his individual achievements, the company he is

associated with, Craven Foods, was recognised at the recent Small Business Development Awards, winning the Retailers and Suppliers Award for the South West.

Mr Coote said Craven Foods was the only food wholesaler that provided a total food service from frozen ducks to tooth picks.

He said the company serviced all the major resorts in the South West as well as hospitals and restaurants.

Mr Coote said the secret to Craven Food’s success was the service the business provided to its customers.

“No matter what business you are involved in, the business principles are the same. It just comes down to providing good service,” he said.

“We’re concentrating on increasingly improving our service. Any customer who rings in can have their deliveries within a few hours.”

Mr Coote said many companies tried to expand at the expense of their existing customers’ service.

“The first thing to do is to look after your own backyard,” he said.

This philosophy is carried with Mr Coote into his commitment to the local community.

He has been heavily involved in local sports and community groups for a long time and been a member of the local Rotary Club for twenty-one years.

Leschenault Business Enterprise Centre manager Alison Lannin said Mr Coote was willing to put into the community.

She said he considered others, be it the community or his family, before himself.

Mr Coote is involved in other ventures besides Craven Foods.

He has a yacht, Wild Thing, that operates out of Exmouth from April to October and out of Bunbury and Busselton the remainder of the year.

Mr Coote said it took two years for him and his brother to build the yacht.

He is also a land developer and has just finished the subdivision of Daintee Business Park, a nine lot industrial park comprising two hectares of land next to the railway reserve and off Albert Road in Bunbury.

“It was quite a project because, while it was only nine lots, we had to develop a sewerage pumping station. It is the first vacuum sewerage system in Bunbury,” Mr Coote said.

The Coote family is also working at subdividing the family farm in Australind that forms part of the East Australind Area Plan.

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