Date posted: April 11, 2018

With April upon us, South Australia has just come through a State Election and after 16 years we have a new Premier in Steven Marshall and a Liberal Government. The new Ministry includes a couple of current or ex family business individuals, and we hope that this bodes well for the family business sector in South Australia. Update here

We have been busy planning the next financial year’s events here in South Australia and importantly the newly named event Family Business Insights SA – which is a renewed event formerly known as the State Conference. Details are here for the May 18 event.

Some exciting member news this month including the official opening of the Haigh’s Chocolate Factory in Mile End South, opened by the Honourable John Trainer OAM, Mayor City of West Torrens, which I was lucky enough to attend.

Other news, South Australia’s Industry Leaders Fund has opened its 2018 study grant scheme, inviting industry leaders to apply for up to $50,000 each to develop their professional potential and join an influential 122-member scholar network. Applicants must work in businesses located in the State and employ South Australians in jobs that could be located interstate or overseas. For more information, visit, or contact CEO Geoff Vogt via the website, by email at, or phone 8394 0016.

This year, The Detmold Group celebrates their 70 Year Anniversary. Founded in 1948, and proudly remaining family owned with global headquarters in Adelaide, The Detmold Group is a leading manufacturer of paper and board based packaging products for a diverse range of customers. With offices in 16 countries, 8 world class manufacturing facilities and a global sales network, they employ over 2500 people worldwide in offices and factories strategically located to support their customer’s operations and future growth. Rodney Detmold is the Executive Chairman and all 3 daughters, Sascha Detmold Cox, Pippa Detmold and Zoe Detmold have forged careers within the Detmold Group.

While reflecting on their history, the Detmold Family appreciate that their growth and development would not have been achieved without their employees, past and present, and their constant efforts to improve the business.  The Family believe that their success has been driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, developing new markets and products and maintaining the highest standards of quality and customer service. Detmold believe that opportunities for growth and development have never been stronger, and in a constantly evolving market they remain confident and excited for the times ahead.

A successful adviser connect event was held March 22 at KPMG entitled “What keeps your clients awake at night”. Presenters included Zoe Detmold – Detmold Group, Ashley Miller – KPMG SA and Chris Graves –Adelaide University.

Warm regards
Yvonne McClaren
SA State Manager