It was the 1st of August 1989 BBX UK CEO John Attridge was a young 32 year old standing outside his car rental business on Australia’s Gold Coast basking in the glorious sunshine smug in the fact that the preceding year was so busy that as fast as the cars came in from rent they went out again!
This was truly what owning a small business was all about – freedom lifestyle independence – all smooth sailing!
Other than being the celebration of all horses birthdays in the southern hemisphere this was to be also 18 days from disaster – which struck in the form of an Australia wide pilots dispute that crippled the entire tourist industry – 1989 Australian pilots’ dispute. The car rental business took a downward spiral as there were now more cars parked in the lot than being rented out.
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