Taylar Newman of Samios Trading Post is a AIRR Top Gun finalist.
Taylar Newman of Samios Trading Post is a AIRR Top Gun finalist.

Young gun Taylar recognised for hard work

COUNTRY girl born and bred, Taylar Newman knows all too well how important small businesses are.

The 23-year-old, who calls Mitchell home, has been working at Samios Trading Post for the last 18 months, and prides herself on putting her everything into her job.

Now, she’s been recognised by the peak rural retailers association, named one of five finalists for the AIRR Young Guns program.

“I’m the only Queenslander in the top five, so I guess hard work really does pay off in the way I’m trying to improve within the business and grow with it,” she said.

“I put in 110 per cent at work, I try my hardest, I’m very passionate about my job and what I do.

“No two days are the same. I could be selling shoes, clothes, steel, rural merch, invoicing … there are such a variety of supplies for everyone and I think it’s one of those things that keep the town going.”

Ms Newman was encouraged to apply for the program by her boss, Vicki Jones, who has owned her store for eight years.

“She has made a real impression on us, she’s always trying her best to help her business, not just as an employee,” she said.

“She goes above and beyond, and relates to our customers well.

“She has great customer service, and has a real passion for keeping people in our rural areas. She understands how important it is to keep young people here.”

Over the last few months, Ms Newman ran a field day at Mitchell, where she brought in students from Wallumbilla, and has attended training in Sydney.

She will attend AIRR’s national conference early next year where the Young Gun will be named.

Charleville Western Times

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