Bill’s excellent inventions

The story of Bill Cowie's $20 million a year trailer hire business is a classic yarn about noticing and seizing opportunities – including his own Alan Bond moment.

The headline of Bill Cowie’s story is the fact that he had an Alan Bond moment, as in when Kerry Packer sold the Nine Network to Bond and then later bought it back for a fraction of the price.

In 2007 Bill Cowie sold his Move Yourself Trailer Hire business to a competitor, and then 18 months later, in the middle of the GFC, bought the combined business for half of what he had sold his own business for. It was a beautiful thing.



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