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'We've been pleased to take advice and talk to a lot of people because we have such a unique product - there's been no template to guide us.'

Nikki Medwell, Bed and Broccoli

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The background

Nearly two years ago, Scott and Nikki Medwell opened their vegan B&B in a converted dairy outside of Shepparton, They called it Bed and Broccoli.

Neither of them had any small business experience, nor formal training in tourism or hospitality. 'But when we moved up here and saw the empty dairy, it all came together', says Nikki. 'We knew it was going to be home for our B&B'.

Scott set about renovating Bed and Broccoli and Nikki started working on the business.

'I did a lot of activities through the Victorian Government Business Office and the Shepparton Small Business Centre.  Things like networking, seminars and short courses', she says.

'Even now I still drop in and get advice or have a chat'.

'We've been pleased to take advice and talk to a lot of people because we have such a unique product - there's been no template to guide us', Nikki adds.  

'We've really been encouraged to create our path ourselves'.

About Regional Victorian Government Business Offices

The network of Victorian Government Business Offices (VGBOs) is located across metropolitan Melbourne, regional Victoria and overseas, to enable Government to engage with business.

There are five metropolitan, 11 regional and 16 international VGBOs which can open doors for business to increase access to export markets, facilitate investment, focus on growth and directly engage with Government.

Regional VGBOs are located in Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong, Horsham, Mildura, Sale, Shepparton, Traralgon, Wangaratta, Warrnambool and Wodonga.

Business Development Managers are located close to businesses in the regions, providing the opportunity for direct dialogue between business and Government which assists in informing future policy development.

Visit the Victorian Government Business Offices web page or call 13 22 15.

The result

Scott and Nikki went from having absolutely no business experience to running a successful bed and breakfast and living their dream.