SPLIT-SECOND DECISION THAT BUILT A BUSINESS
30 October 2015, Written by Laura Daquino
FROM an organic farm to the 'dark side' of pharmaceuticals, Protein Supplies Australia's founder Mathew Stillone has almost gone full circle in his career.
"I sat there and wrote the business plan and everyone at work pretty much laughed over the next month and said I knew nothing about protein from a business point of view."
Stillone had a son, now 11, to seriously consider at the time and says he literally put everything on the line.
"I had to push all day and night in the first year because I had no option, no bailout and if I failed then I'd probably be on the streets," he says.
Stillone started Protein Supplies Australia in a garage and in three years moved to a purpose-built 500sqm facility. All manufacturing and packaging of the brand's 46 stock keeping units (SKUs) is done onsite and the business has more than 1000 retailers.