Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Upswing!
Whoosh, that went fast! 2017 was a HUGE year for Upswing that seemed to pass in the blink of an eye.
As the end of the year hurtles towards us, it’s hard not to reflect on all the highlights – the opportunities and the ‘challenges’. In doing this momentary review, I find my heart filled with gratitude.
For Upswing, it’s been a busy year of growth and expansion.
We spread our wings to cover Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and we expanded our service offerings. We built a community around a relatively new concept and built something very special at our space in Gordon, NSW offering parents almost daily co-working + childcare sessions thanks to our partners at Charter Hall.
We grew our team of incredible staff, to which I am eternally grateful. These ladies are the backbone of Upswing and nothing would happen without them. I love seeing the children who come into our care really settle into their time with our staff – greeted by a welcoming smile and a warm embrace.
There is a certain type of joy we get from seeing a nervous mum edge away from their child hoping for some ‘me’ time (finally!) and both mother and child settling in to a lovely few hours of enjoyment.
I am grateful for the hundreds of customers, clients, mums (and dads) who have trusted us and used our services at all types of events across the country in 2017 – from networking brunches to international conferences. We have LOVED looking after your bubbas and hope to see them (and you!) again soon.
I also need to express a bucket load of gratitude for my ‘sisterhood’ of other business mums – many are Upswing clients but also people I consider as friends and ‘comrades in arms’ (you know who you are!). We download on each other about the difficulties of running a business and a family, we bounce business ideas back-and-forth, and of course, have the occasional feminist rant. Thank you to all the strong, beautiful women around me – my ‘community’ in both Upswing and life.
2017 has brought many wonderful gifts for this business – corporate and community partnerships, great media exposure, award nominations, speaking engagements and much more. We look forward to an even more exciting year ahead.
For now, we have had to leave our Gordon premises with commercial tenants occupying the space, however we are working closely with Charter Hall on more space and hope to re-invigorate the co-working + childcare sessions in 2018.
2018 will see more growth in the corporate and large event areas for Upswing with expansion of our teams across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
We are partnering with some of the top companies in Australia – who also happen to be the most inclusive and forward-thinking – to deliver innovative and flexible childcare solutions. We are also teaming up with leading conference venues and event organisers.
In 2018, we will have a new corporate offering, a large events package and – oh yes, weddings galore!
We also get to finish the year on a high with Priceline sponsoring us to provide our services at Carols By Candlelight in Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Christmas Eve! So, if you happen to be there with your little ones, pop by and say hello.
We will be having a quiet January with most staff taking a break, and will be back in full force from February.
We wish you an absolutely wonderful Christmas-time filled with cheer, laughter and extra special time with your loved ones.
Happy Holidays and see you in 2018!
Sally and the Upswing team xx