The Victorian Minister for Manufacturing David Hodgett and the State Member for Bentleigh Elizabeth Miller toured Melbourne gourmet cookie business Charlie’s Cookies in November, as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to engage with local business.
Mr Hodgett congratulated the husband and wife owners of Charlie’s Cookies, Ken Mahlab and Jacky Magrid, for resurrecting a failing company and transforming it into a profitable enterprise.
“Charlie’s Cookies is a true local success story and a valuable employer in the region. Ken and Jacky bought this business nine years ago when it was bankrupt,” he said.
“The company now records an impressive 30 per cent average year-on-year growth and employs 23 staff.
“The business is constantly creating new products, moving into new markets and engaging with the community.”
Ms Miller also acknowledged the company’s philanthropic and educational efforts, stating it donates at least $50,000 worth of cookies every year.
According to Mr Hodgett, the tour reinforces the Coalition Government’s Manufacturing Strategy and its commitment to providing an environment in which more local manufacturers like Charlie’s Cookies can thrive.
“The State Government has developed a network of Victorian Government Business Offices and Regional Development Victoria Offices to give business better access to services and programs that can boost productivity, increase innovation and also stimulate export development,” Mr Hodgett said.