Enrica Centorame runs Global Forwarding, a multinational logistics company that specialises in international and domestic freight forwarding. As the first certified woman owned logistics company in Australia, Enrica champions supplier diversity, and supporting women in business. She recently collaborated with EY to produce a white paper, Advancing Women Owned Businesses in the COVID-19 Recovery.
Why does being a certified women owned business create opportunity?
Being a certified woman owned business gives us the opportunity to engage in discussions with organisations we would not otherwise have access to. These discussions lead to securing new business and developing networks which bring the potential for greater engagement. Another aspect, which we often overlook, are the extraordinary friendships with amazing women in advocacy, like Femeconomy and other certified women owners globally.
WORKING WITH SMES
How does Global Forwarding add value to SME clients?
Global Forwarding is an SME. We therefore understand the pressures our clients and prospects are confronted with. We aim to provide the best possible solution and see where efficiencies can be gained in their respective supply chains. Sometimes it is good old fashioned common sense combined with innovative technology and a sense of humour.
How has relocating improved your work and family life?
Opening a branch and relocating to Cairns was one of the best decisions of my life. At first it was hard as I missed Melbourne friends, the footy, the NGV and its majestic exhibitions and of course team Global at HQ – then COVID lockdowns hit and what timing to get out of Melbourne! So I am blessed that lockdown for me was with my family, who are all in Cairns.
State Emergency Service Far North Region have been amazingly welcoming too. There are now quite a few volunteers hailing from interstate who were made to feel at home from the get go.
With the Brisbane Olympics in 2032, the opportunities for growth in Queensland and Far North Queensland will be significant and we’re here to capture them. Our Cairns Branch has a strong focus on defence, marine and infrastructure logistics.
How has this driven your business growth?
Our personal brand – who we are, our ethos, our beliefs, values and vision is the other side of our business brand – the two walk hand in hand. It has driven business growth as people want to work with people they are aligned with. Personal procurement principles have also contributed to our growth.
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