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Empowering trades business owners through peer support networks

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With a dedicated inner-circle of your peers in industry, you can be part of the way forward to find better outcomes for business owners, tradespeople, and apprentices. Through cooperation, open doors, and better tools for mental health awareness and business success, we’re building a better future for the construction industry.

What's involved?

When you become a BuildUp Member, you’ll be joining a concerted effort to improve the industry for your personal success and wellbeing, and for the health of the future generation. You’ll be assigned to your own chapter of up to 10 peers that operate in the same field; builders meet builders, plumbers meet plumbers and so on. Through BuildUp, you’ll find immediate benefits through collaboration and shared support, as well as the vast pool of resources made available by our incredible sponsors.

What are chapters?

As a BuildUp Member, you’ll join 9 peers – all local to your area, all within your field of expertise, and all dedicated to finding better outcomes through shared experience and support. Your chapter will quickly become your inner circle to share in victories, failures, hardships, and goals, and you’ll find their support and past experiences to be an incredible benefit to your own professional and personal growth.

What are meetings?

Each chapter will meet monthly for a structured session to discuss a range of topics, learn valuable skills and advice, and access unique opportunities from our BuildUp Sponsors. Each meeting, you’ll have a chance to share your own wins and losses, speak to your personal experiences with business and personal stress, talk tough clients, and challenging projects, as well as weighing in and giving advice to your peers. These meetings are supported by the framework provided by BuildUp to be as enriching, successful, and effective as possible to make the changes you want to see in your own business, and in the industry as a whole.

BuildUp is bringing the industry together for the better

Break the stigma

Overcome the barriers that prevent industry professionals from help-seeking behaviour.

Build an inner circle

With monthly face-to-face meetings with other business owners in your industry, you’ll have somewhere to turn when your problems are building up.

Training from the best

You’ll receive mental health awareness training to better identify issues in yourself, your employees, and your loved ones before they fall into a crisis.

BuildUp Member benefits

Access the wealth of resources made available to all BuildUp Members – networking opportunities, fitness training, business coaching, financial advice, and much more.

Achieve better outcomes

Access a broad library of resources and expert aid to improve your mental and physical health, and find greater success in your business.

A problem shared is a problem halved

Don’t let your mental health fall by the wayside; sharing your problems with people in similar situations will be the first step you take in getting the support you need.

What active members are saying

"Having access to BuildUp is so much more than a meeting, it has provided not only myself, but also my wife (who works alongside me) with a huge amount of information and coping strategies to utilise within our growing company.

Not only has my company gone from strength to strength, but my confidence and self worth has increased to be in line with the other members of our group."
Clayton Ross
CJR Construction
"Being a builder is crazy and knowing you're part of a group, that wants to talk about your issue with an open ear, is very important. No matter the issue you know you had their full support and guidance from someone who has been there before.

Even after leaving the group to pursue another field, I still keep in contact with some of its members.”
Jaren Black
Black Square Construction

Find success as a BuildUp Member


Better outcomes with BuildUp’s structure and support

Within your BuildUp meetings, you’ll find a structured, respectful environment to table your monthly concerns, successful outcomes, difficult clients, and unique innovations to share with your peers. 10 professionals holding 100+ years of industry experience is a powerful force that you’ll find most effective with clear goals and appetite for insight.


Activity in and out of your circle

Between your monthly meetings, you’ll see exciting opportunities to learn, share, and grow your business with skill, labour, and lead sharing throughout the broader BuildUp network. Taking advantage of these built-for-purpose systems and prepared growth opportunities will be the key to even greater success.


Foster the next generation of tradespeople

Through BuildUp you might have the opportunity to mentor an apprentice through our BuildUp Apprentice program. Through this mentorship, you’ll share the knowledge you’ve gained through your experiences and apply the mental health training you receive in your chapter. All apprentices will always be from other construction businesses to avoid any conflicting interests and to ensure that your advice and support can be freely given and accepted.


A wealth of optional programs and features

As you stand up to be a BuildUp Member, you’ll gain access to an ever-growing array of additional benefits. Our sponsors provide you access to financial expertise, business growth and coaching opportunities, mental and physical wellbeing tools and classes, and many more advantages.


Be recognised as a BuildUp business

As a part of the movement to improve the outcomes for construction businesses and apprentices, your name will be recognised as a contributor and advocate for better mental health in our industry. You’ll have full use of the BuildUp logo to show clients you’re committed to professional development and a healthier industry – you’ll attract better leads and premium talent.


Build a foundation of accountability for better outcomes

Better health and more successful business is a long road where consistency and a dedication to change is at a premium. With your chapter of 9 other peers, you’ll find a crew to hold you accountable for making the right decisions. You’ll quickly see just how important their support, relevant experience, and consistent involvement within the chapter becomes to your long-term growth and success.

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Chapter Member



As a BuildUp Member, you gain access to the full benefits of your chapter, our resource hub, and member app, and much more, including:



As a mentor, you’ll be assigned to an apprentice through the BuildUp Apprentice program. You’ll contact them at least once each month for a check-in and be available for advice and support when they experience difficulties in their trade.

Mentorship is on a volunteer basis, but for the sake of providing the support framework that the BuildUp Apprentice program seeks to offer, we ask our volunteer mentors to make a long-term commitment to an apprentice.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Considering the 100+ years of relevant industry experience at the table, joining BuildUp will give you the support, insight, and tools to grow as a robust, successful business regardless of your trade. Even more so, the tools and programs that BuildUp Members gain access to will help you develop the business and personal skills, as well as provide an outlet to discuss the challenges that you face in your daily work.

BuildUp Members are committed to breaking down the barriers that isolate and silence discourse of stress, anxiety, overwhelming challenges, personal problems, and financial insecurities – you’ll build an inner circle of peers. Through these efforts, we aim to reduce the unacceptable suicide rate in our industry, as well as the insolvency rate of construction businesses.

We know the challenges that business owners face in construction, and one of the most prevalent is the intensely long hours and immense stress! BuildUp is structured to provide you with a way to manage these challenges, and help you make the time to attend a monthly meeting with your chapter, but also spend time with your family, work on personal fitness, and have some time to order your thoughts and take a load off.

You may feel like committing to a monthly meeting is simply impossible with your current workload and schedule, but that exact situation is one of the major stressors that are causing construction to lead in some of the worst statistics in our country. It is because of these experiences of feeling overwhelmed and out of time that BuildUp exists, and it is designed and structured for you to build toward better outcomes and overcome these experiences together.

Our mentors are required to contact their apprentices at least monthly, but we encourage them to provide as much encouragement, support, and wisdom as they can manage to offer. When you become a mentor, you are assigned an apprentice that is completely disconnected from your circle of peers, that you will contact via phone to provide support.

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