THERE was much to celebrate at a recent morning tea at Calare Civil.
Not only is the local small business marking 30 years since its humble beginnings with a leased photocopier and fax machine, it has recently employed two new full-time staff members to keep up with the work.
"We had an interesting April," engineer and Calare Civil director Garth Dean said of the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia.
"It was basically a very bad month for us. We were trying to work out how to function during that month; we were basically working remotely.
"But we came out of that and came back and it made us rethink a few things - efficiency and technology and what works better.
"June was back to 90 per cent and July was probably the same and, because of the amount of work that is coming up, we have actually got two new people."
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Calare Civil started as consulting civil and structural engineers and, more recently, has moved into building design work.
An early partner with the CSU Bathurst Engineering course, the business employs three of the course's students at the moment.
Mr Dean, who was 28 when he started Calare Civil with his wife Wendy, said the early years were not easy.
"The first 10 years were very hard and then the next 10 is consolidating," he said.
"The biggest growth has been in the last five years. We have basically gone from eight employees to 18."
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole, who was a guest at the morning tea, said Calare Civil was a good news story in a challenging time for many Central West businesses.
"Here we have a classic example of a regional small business which is benefiting from the increase in work due to people using the quiet time due to COVID-19 to undertake construction jobs and support Central West industry," he said.
He said Calare Civil's 30,000 projects over 30 years, in all states and territories of Australia, was a great achievement.
Those projects have ranged from home improvements to multi-storey buildings.