The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Feb 2012
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12 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, February 28, 2012 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 8 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 1 2 C O L O R : C M Y K 3 1 3 5 0 2 /1 2 COMMERCIAL AND RETAIL Hanumans secret menu for success Mluleki Moyo Edwin Molina at Hanuman ... good relationship with staff Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY AN award-winning restaurant in Alice Springs continues to thrive, defying the downturn in tourist numbers. Hanuman Restaurant manager Edwin Molina says the support they get from local clients is overwhelming. He said: On a busy night numbers go up to 180. We do not only get customers from Crowne Plaza but we get them from other places in town. I believe a good reputation is what keeps us going. Hanuman celebrated its 10th anniversary last year and in that time it has won a number of awards. Mr Molina said: The Australian Hotel Association rated us the best Asian restaurant in 2009 and 2010. He said staff turnover was a worry for most businesses in Alice Springs but Hanuman has very consistent staff: Most of our staff have been with us for some time. They are proud to be working for one of the best restaurants in town. As long as your people are happy things will always flow. Relationships matter a lot in business. The relationship between staff and clients is important. The relationship between staff and manage ment also counts. We have a good rapport in all those areas including with chefs and kitchen staff. Mr Molina said there were several plans for Hanuman this year, including a furniture revamp and a new look. He said: We are introduc ing a list of new dishes as well. We will also continue our tradition of inviting our guests every year to our endof-year party. That is how we manage to get to know all our people and maintain good personal relations. Hanuman restaurant is located in the Crowne Plaza and is owned by Hanuman Group. It offers a variety of Thai and Indian dishes and is open Monday to Friday 12pm to 2.30 pm for lunch and every night for dinner from 6 pm. International score for our desert centre Jeanette Wormald AN international study has rated local Desert Knowledge Australia Outback Business Networks highly in its crossborder business networking techniques. Brian Webber of SAICAN Consultants in Canada, which specialises in business clustering studies, believes OBN could set the standard for economic growth initiatives internationally. Outback Business Networks Services manager Jeanette Wormald said her organisation was humbled and challenged by the report. She said: Having the benchmarking report done was very important to Outback Business Networks. We wanted feedback on how we measured up internationally and how we could better serve the needs of small to medium business enterprises in outback regions. To find that OBN is considered as best practice internationally in some of the ways it is using clustering to deal with issues of isolation and remoteness in Australia, is great news for us and our members. Ms Wormald said they were thriving to continue to build economic capacity. She said: We are keen to continue to find ways of building economic capacity and connecting businesses across regions and borders. I would encourage more businesses to consider joining this free network to take advantage of the business links and networks it offers. In the study, which examined similar networking projects around the world, Mr Webber described the work of OBN over the past three years as bold and unique. He said: It is a bold attempt to expand the base of business collaboration while focusing nationally on virtual collaboration between pockets of business activity across the outback. This is unique. The full study will be launched at the inaugural Outback Business Champions Forum, to be held at the Desert Knowledge Australia Business and Innovation Centre in Alice Springs today.