Robinson Sewell Partners’ business values are derived from our strong empathy towards agribusiness owners and operators.
90% of all farms in Australia are family farms, most of them being intergenerational. The farm becomes the owner’s genetic blueprint of identity. As a result, they can endure the adversities with more fight and vigour than most as tribute to their legacy and livelihood. They also operate in geographic isolation and endure extreme financial duress during times of drought, fire, floods, disease and commodity price dislocation. Ian experienced first-hand growing up on a sheep station, 800km west of Sydney, the tribulations that farm life can herald, and memories of bulldozing burnt sheep into pits and carting fodder daily before the afternoon dust storms rolled in is still very real.
Mental health in the bush is an unspoken issue. The continual duress that farmers can operate under can eventually unravel their resolve. A stoic culture forbids the recognition and release of this pain and we personally know of a dozen families that have fallen victim to suicide. Brad Sewell was a rural councillor and has been on the front line for many years dealing with these hidden demons that prevail in the bush.
Hence, our business philosophies and values have been drawn from deep rooted experiences, in addition to our strong desire to make a real difference to our industry as part of our legacy.
Agribusiness operating in remote and rural regions of Australia have very little access to professional financial services of the nature that RSP provides. When dealing with the financiers, their inexperience and / or inability to recognise the trappings of financial contractual agreements can result in the final undoing of their viability. In addition, business owners unknowingly hold minimal leverage in their negotiations given their general lack of time and commitment to such a project, their understanding of credit markets and the profit drivers that financiers rely upon.
In line with our philosophy and values, RSP provides clients with the counter balance they need to procure optimal financial solutions for their business.
Our ethos and core values are embedded within our formal engagement mandate which is to provide credit advice whilst upholding honesty, integrity and sincerity in all our interactions. Not only are they our core values, but they motivate all our activities in the market.