Delivering the goods for Digital Champions

Two people smiling at the camera standing either side of a Canon-branded printer

Mardi, left, said the new printer is an essential part of her business’s digital transformation while Tas from Canon said digital technology can help small businesses save time and money

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How can the humble printer transform a talent agency and a family plumbing business in suburban Melbourne? Our Digital Champions tell us the ways!

Through the Small Business Digital Champions project, Melbourne-based talent agency Bayside Modelling and Casting Agency and family plumbing contractors Chancellor & Bendle received a printer from Canon Australia.

Owner and Managing Director of Bayside Modelling, Mardi Holton, said the new printer will ensure that she can offer a more professional service to her clients.

“We are super excited because it’s a fabulous colour printer to replace our old black and white one, which will save us time and money outsourcing our colour printing,” Mardi said.

“I feel blessed to receive a brand-new printer as part of the Digital Champions Project. I know it is going to be reliable and very well-used.”

Bayside Modelling’s broader digital transformation is focussed on building a new website and talent management system.

“The online system will be a massive time saver because it will allow parents greater control over their child’s online profile,” Mardi explained.

“It will instantly save me a whole day per week in administrative tasks — time I intend to spend with my own family.”

For father and son team Chancellor & Bendle, John and Dennis Bendle, the new Canon printer brings accuracy and safety to their workplace.

“It’s very important that we can bring up-to-date and accurate drawings in hard copy to our work sites,” Dennis said.

“The quality of the drawings is particularly crucial as numbers and writing on plans can be very small. Making a mistake in the plumbing business can be costly, so being able to bring printed plans along reduces errors.”

Canon is supporting the Small Business Digital Champions project by offering 15 businesses an imageCLASS printer valued at $999 at no cost.

Canon’s business agent Tas Tudor delivered the printers to the two businesses, saying that digital technology can help small businesses save time and money.

“We know how important small business to Australia’s economy. Part of my role is to look at how we can help them grow and be more efficient,” Tas said.

The Small Business Digital Champions project is giving 100 small businesses across Australia up to $18,500 worth of digital products and services, expert advice from a Digital Transformation Provider, and additional in-kind assistance from Corporate Partners like Canon.

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