Jimmy Possum eyes international market Alan and Margot Spalding at Jimmy Possum Emporium in Bendigo.
Alan and Margot Spalding at Jimmy Possum Emporium in Bendigo.
After 20 years at the helm of Jimmy Possum, Margot Spalding will step down. Photo: LIZ FLEMING.
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Jimmy Possum co-founder Margot SpaldingAs a family we have strong values and that is reflected in the running of the business and what we produce.
Jimmy Possum co-founder Margot Spalding
Jimmy Possum remains unique in today’s market with all support functions, including design, manufacturing, marketing, freight and ICT remaining in-house, which ensures all department’s “operate as a cohesive unit”.
Work talk can happen at a social occasion, she says, acknowledging that it’s hard to separate business from pleasure when so many family members are invested in its future.
“We are a creative and lively bunch. We care about the product, it’s our name and a reflection of us.”
With nine grandchildren and more to come, it is possible another generation will soon be involved in running Jimmy Possum. “Never say never, as we have plans for the future and intend to be here for a long time,” she says. “I am proud that we have created something that as a family we can all enjoy and take an interest in, and I am proud of what all of my children have achieved and become.”
Meanwhile, Margot Spalding’s departure from the boss’s chair will be marked in true Possum style with a party next month. For such a colourful and passionate character anything else wouldn’t seem proper.