FISH MONGERS BYRON BAY AND B.R.E.E BUSINESS CONSULTING

Spresa Vella

“When all is send and done, you need to be happy with what you do and how you contribute to other’s lives. Sometimes we get it right and sometimes we can miss the mark but if someone isn’t contributing unconditionally or positively then step away and just keep those close that understand and support you. Karma can be your friend or foe.”

Meet the woman behind Byron Bay’s best casual dining experience. As owner of Fish Mongers Byron Bay alongside her husband, Steve, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this mother and business owner was already one of the busiest ladies in town. But add into the mix a vast array of community engagements including managing her son’s soccer team, plus the fact she is owner and director of her own consulting business, B.R.E.E Business Consulting, and suddenly busy seems like an understatement.
Spresa founded B.R.E.E 18 years ago from the foundations of Bond, Redefine, Enable and Evoke change in business’ and transform individuals whilst scoping out their growth. For the past five years, the business has been specialising in “Engagement”, a tool which has helped many businesses move away from the traditional customer service focus toward engagement of staff and customers.
“An engaged staff member creates an engaging environment which in turn creates a positive constructive culture and everyone is contributing to the success of the business. We drive this by applying an online anchored learning approach with a personalized transition coaching program. The MEP (Member Engagement Program) has been in the market now for 4 years and is delivering incredible results for organisations and their staff. 2018 is a really exciting year for the MEP as it is launching into the UK market and then Asia,” Spresa said.
It was ultimately the culture of Fish Mongers that inspired Spresa to take the plunge and purchase the business with her husband, Steve.
“I asked to work in the business for a night to get a sense of what, if any, changes would need to take place. I walked out of that shift knowing the formula was strong, the produce was fresh and very little had to be changed. The previous owners Heather and Dave Ferguson also became amazing friends. We often say we purchased a great business and got great friends to boot, a real sliding door moment.
“Mongers is turning 19 this year, who would have thought that this little restaurant in Bay Lane would turn into a Byron institution. There’s a lot of love that goes into our food. We love the feeling our customers get when their tummies are full and there’s a look of content and delight,” Spresa said.
Visit. Eat. Repeat. Fish Mongers Byron Bay is open seven days from midday until late.

Q&A WITH SPRESA
WHO INSPIRES YOU TO BE BETTER?
“My family (particularly my son) and friends (who are my family), our staff and the organisations I work with. Life’s too short, surround yourself with like-minded people and those who will not judge you and love you unconditionally. I’m lucky to have a strong network around me and we ask very little of each other and really treasure ‘our precious time’ together.”
WHAT’S THE BEST OR WORST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
“Best advice – Understand your limits but don’t be limited by them.”
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?
“Watching our son grow into an incredible man, knowing he has a very considerate and kind soul.”