Bohmer’s Tree Care

"Digital technology is really working for us as a business because we have more time as a family."

Natasha and Clive Woodnutt


Transcript

LOGO: Australian Government Coat of Arms. TEXT: Small Business Digital Taskforce. Bohmer’s Tree Care.

(CALM MUSIC PLAYING)

DESCRIPTION:

A man in a high-vis shirt sits in an office to the right of a brown-haired woman in a black top. The logo on his shirt is comprised of several colourful trees and the text ‘Bohmer’s Tree Care’.

CLIVE:

My name is Clive Woodnutt.

NATASHA:

And I'm Natasha Woodnutt from Bohmer’s Tree Care.

DESCRIPTION:

Three arborists in Bohmer’s shirts and orange helmets encircle a huge tree trunk with tape, scale the tree in a harness and saw off branches. Clive back in the office. Caption reads: Clive Woodnutt. Director & Chief Arborist Bohmer’s Tree Care.

CLIVE:

We focus on all aspects of agriculture. We wanted to set up a company that was as close to 100% safe as possible, that was client focused and not money focused.

DESCRIPTION:

Bohmer’s arborist in a tree in a forest. He encircles it with a rope and cuts off branches with a chain saw. Another huge bough is sliced through and it tumbles down to the canopy below. A tall tree with all its lower branches sliced off and an arborist up the top.

NATASHA:

Our clients range from councils to private clients. The biggest in benefit of implementing these technologies in our business, would definitely be to save time.

DESCRIPTION:

Back in the office. Caption reads: Natasha Woodnutt. Managing Director. Bohmer’s Tree Care.

NATASHA:

We're more efficient. We're getting jobs done within the allocated time. Things run smoother from the field staff to the office staff, which then makes it seamless from... the field staff, to the admin, to the customer.

DESCRIPTION:

Clive using an iPad and speaking to a woman standing beside him. Back in the office.

CLIVE:

We can do risk assessments with just the tick box. Run your finger on the screen, whereas before it would take us half an hour to fill out a risk assessment. Now it goes tick, tick, tick, tick. It's absolutely brilliant. So, there’s an hour and a half per day that we've saved, easily. An hour and a half per day - you earn a lot of money in an hour and a half.

DESCRIPTION:

Arborist on forest floor chain sawing through tree branches.

CLIVE:

I can go to a job and write a quote and send that quote immediately. Technology has enabled me to spend time with my children.

DESCRIPTION:

View of forest from circular metal look out. An arborist up a tree; a possum dangles off the branch. Natasha and Clive back in the office with other workers at a desk behind.

NATASHA:

The perfect opportunity came up for the drone. We started using it for video reasons, for you know, web page and social media and then we started incorporating it in the tree reports. How I felt before we started using technology? Overwhelmed (CHUCKLES). There wasn't really a system. It was...using Excel, it was using Word, it was using post-it notes, sticky taped, you know, on the wall. It wasn't kind of capturing our business as a whole. The biggest challenge? Was in the lack of support I guess from these big project management software or business. Everyone's quite capable of sending text messages and then you know, on Facebook, on their phones, but to actually incorporate that kind of stuff into work is a different...ball game.

DESCRIPTION:

Arborists walking along forest floor carrying buckets and other equipment.

NATASHA:

So really working for us as a business because we have more time as a family.

CLIVE:

It took me a year to learn how to send emails. I was absolutely useless when I first entered the business.

DESCRIPTION:

Clive fixing a chain-saw on the back of a white ute. Tree branches cut through and tumble down to the forest floor. Back in the office.

CLIVE:

(CLEARS THROAT) But thanks to Natasha, that's all changed. Um...go for it...do it. Honestly, go for it! Don't hesitate.

TEXT:

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