The team at BRM Projects love to solve problems.
They pride themselves on creating functional and thoughtful spaces, uniting design and accommodation strategy to encourage cohesive workplace cultures to match their client’s needs now and into the future.
Founded in 2004, and with steady growth since, means BRM Projects has also had to solve their own problems.
BRM Projects spent most of its first decade as a one-person operation with Gab Aghion delivering 3 to 5 projects a year and refining the business model. “I knew how to run projects, but I was under 30 and had no idea how to run a business,” admits Gab.
“Sometimes that learning curve was so steep I felt I was falling off. I cringe when I think about all the lost opportunities and mistakes I’ve made along the way. But I also understand those experiences have shaped the BRM Projects that our clients see and love.”
After experimenting with contract employment from 2012 to 2014, Steve Schmidt joined BRM Projects as a partner to head up design and marketing.
And that’s when things
started to change.
“I felt like it was time to grow,” says Gab.
“But I wanted a platform to launch off, and I’m collaborator by nature.”
Gab and Steve worked on the business over the next two years including taking on staff, re-branding and redefining the service offering.
Today, BRM Projects employs 8 people, continues to grow and is maturing into afull-service workplace consultancy including - property advisory, design and project management.
The team works on a range of complex projects, including government infrastructure projects and property strategy.
Steve, who is known as the “Space man”, says fostering and developing a team, re-locating their own workspace and maturing the BRM Projects brand are things that provide a sense of satisfaction.
The company also counts its clients as part of its success story.
“We love solving their problems and coming up with solutions when it all seems too hard,” says Steve.
“We count returning customers as a measure of success, and aim to be the first people that come to mind when someone asks for workplace solutions. The world of fitouts and leasing can become transactional at times, but we pride ourselves on our integrity and connection – our clients entrust us with their budget, timeline and property outcome. They are placing a core component of their business in our hands for a short period of time. That is humbling, and deserves our best effort every time.”
So was it all worth it?
“I’m so proud of our space, the team we are building and seeing the staff and business grow,”
“I spend more time on guidance and higher level problem solving. So I’m back to losing sleep at night – any business owner will appreciate those midnight moments pondering cash flow, pipeline of work and change management issues.
It feels like that steeper learning curve has returned.
But when I step back and look what Steve and I have created and the new spaces that our clients occupy, I am incredibly proud. And I’m not sure I want easy, anyway.”
“We believe in ongoing learning,” says Steve, “no one has all the answers!” The company also believes in quality and ethical, respectful behaviour: “That will always win in the long run.”
Other tenets cited by Steve and Gab to steer the company forward include:
high-quality service and single point of contact for all clients.
"Our client profile is changing,” says Gab. “Our office walls are new and there are new faces in the office. But in a world of rapid change, our values and client centric service will never change.”
Where to Next?
“We’ve only just begun,” says Steve,
“We are continuing to build a respected brand and be the first choice for anyone with a workplace or property challenge.
We try and stay ahead of the change, pre-empting the change in the way people work and as the squeeze on floorspace gets tighter, we look forward to creating new solutions to meet new dilemmas”
How do you define success?
The team at BRM Projects would love to hear your thoughts on business success.