27th Belmont & Western Australian Small Business Awards 2020
Media Release – Winners of the 27th Belmont & Western Australian Small Business Awards 2020
BEST MARKETING AWARD Video PresentationSponsor: Westways Visual Communication & A Team Intelligent PrintPresenter: Neil Cranny, Westways Visual Communication
Westways Visual Communications is a diverse graphic design, photography, video production, web development studio and major print supplier. The company motto is “From business cards to magazines and everything in between.” Westways Visual Communication has been based in the City of Belmont for over 25 years. A Team Printing are Perth’s commercial printing experts, delivering high quality printing and design services across a huge range of mediums. They offer a wide range of services including both graphic design services and branding specialising in the Perth market. No matter what the size of your business you can be assured that you will always be getting the very best with their high quality, competitive pricing and fast service.
Winner: Mette is BakingAccepted By: Mette Neilson, Mette is BakingMette is Baking began after Mette took a trip to Denmark. From there, the popular Danish crisp bread has been made for family and friends and grown to become the successful business it is today. They mix by hand, roll by hand, bake and pack by hand. No machines or mechanical processes are used, so it’s just like you would bake in your own kitchen. Mette is Baking products are available in grocery stores and restaurants across WA.
KARL FARRELL INSPIRATION AWARD Video PresentationSponsor: Textile, Clothing and Footwear Resource Centre of Western Australia Inc. (TCFWA)Presenter: Jasmyn Mumme, Board Member, TCF WA
The Textile, Clothing and Footwear Resource Centre of Western Australia provides a valuable resource for the fashion and TCF industries. Established in Belmont in 1998, the not-for-profit centre has been so successful, that it now receives requests from across Australia and overseas. TCFWA provides specialised fashion business skills, mentoring and supply chain sourcing on and offshore and has been recognised as a leader and role model organisation. Karl Farrell was an inspirational Chair of TCFWA and this award honours his memory.
Winner: Happiness CoAccepted By: Michelle Powell, Happiness CoHappiness Co’s mission is to impact people’s lives and encourage others to make the world a better place. They offer the first non-clinical, pre-emptive approach to unhappiness, focusing on giving others the tools to recognise their emotions and manage triggers. Happiness Co run online programs for individuals as well as workshops, and events. Happiness Co promotes connection, kindness and contribution to the world.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD Video PresentationSponsor: MY Business Incubator – Count Me IN ProjectPresenter: Hannah Beazley, Past Board Member, Belmont Business Enterprise Centre Inc.
Belmont BEC in conjunction with its extensive Perth Metropolitan business network and business alliances has been delivering the MY Business Incubator ‘Count Me IN’ Project to over 2,000 business participants across Belmont & Perth Metropolitan region. The project includes FREE Webinars, Workshops, Forums and Helpline Mentors to assist in ‘Breaking Down the Barriers’ and provide employers information on considering disability employment.
Winner: OCD BrillianceAccepted By: Barbara Hartley, OCD BrillianceOCD Brilliance is a company passionate about their cleaning and customers. They use the most experienced cleaners and the highest quality, eco-friendly cleaning products. OCD Brilliance is an organisation that has adapted its business model for their 14 staff members, all of whom have a different disability. Barbara Hartley, Founder of OCD Brilliance, individually responds to each employee’s unique challenges. She has adapted rotas, working locations and specific job tasks to suit her staff. Barbara ensures that all her team members can work at their full capacity and within their physical capabilities.
INNOVATION AWARD Video PresentationSponsor: RES-Q ITPresenter: Nick Shmakov, Director, RES-Q IT
At Res-Q IT they are all about how to deliver innovation and innovative ideas while providing you with an outstanding computer care and support. If your computer beeps in despair, or you feel the need to throw it right through the window – Res-Q Team is there to save you and bring the smile back to your face. Res-Q IT helps clients to have the time, space and focus for their own success. They want their clients to do what their good at – while RES-Q do what they are good at. They can help get phones sorted, cloud and web domain hosting, wireless, office back up and much more.
Winner: The Little Bar Cart PerthAccepted By: Pippa Candido, The Little Bar Cart PerthThe Little Bar Cart is a custom design mobile drinks service that can be utilised in almost any location, indoors and outdoors. They offer a unique, polished and professional service for any type of event. They have since begun franchise opportunities around Australia and are already available in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Byron Bay.
CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD Video PresentationSponsor: Storage King Perth AirportPresenter: Bruno Lehembre, Manager, Storage King Perth Airport
Storage King is the number one choice for self-storage, topping Canstar Blue’s ratings and offering a huge network of stores. Conveniently servicing Ascot, Redcliffe, Belmont, Guildford and more, Storage King Perth Airport takes care of a variety of customers, whether you need an extra-small locker space or a place to store the entire contents of your three-bedroom home.
Winner: Charcoal & ChampagneAccepted By: Aneta Wnek, Charcoal & ChampagneCharcoal & Champagne offer pop-up life-drawing classes for people who want to rediscover their creative side. These classes are guided and give individuals the opportunity to challenge themselves in terms of their skills, and how they view their subject. Charcoal & Champagne have many, many happy customers, which is evident through all their testimonials from previous hens, wellness and corporate events.
DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AWARD Video PresentationSponsor: Emerge InternetPresenter: Droyt Robb, Emerge Internet
Emerge Internet uses highly innovative technology to deliver the best quality Internet service offering value for money and a second to none customer service experience based here in WA. Their fixed wireless options ensure fast, reliable and dependable Internet maximising productivity. Let us take care of your communication needs so you can take care of business. Emerge Internet is not just a Telco; it’s your communications partner!
Winner: Illuminance SolutionsAccepted By: Nilesh Makwana, Illuminance SolutionsIlluminance Solutions is a Microsoft Gold Partner with several Microsoft Certified Professionals on their team. What this means for their customers is a tailored solution to any business, through their vast pool of expertise around the many Microsoft business applications. Since their foundation in 2012, Illuminance Solutions have established a strong track record of service delivery across a range of industries, including not-for-profits, mining, finance and government agencies.
COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD Video PresentationSponsor: Southern GazettePresenter: Andrew Clark, Southern Gazette Community News
Winner: SecondBiteAccepted By: Zoe Fulcher, SecondBiteSecondBite is one of Australia’s largest food rescue charities. They have taken two big problems, wasted food and hungry families, and created a solution through working with farmers, manufacturers, retailers and thousands of charity partners. In the 19/20 financial year alone, SecondBite rescued over 26 million kilograms of food nationally. They are doing their part to help the more than 5 million Australians who experience food insecurity over a year.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Video PresentationSponsor: Belmont RotaryPresenter: Dr Rachel Sheffield, President, Belmont Rotary
Belmont Rotary is a local service club that meets weekly to enjoy friendship and perform volunteer work in the local and international community. Club members enjoy the camaraderie with like-minded professionals, and club projects offer additional opportunities to develop enduring friendships. Belmont Rotary welcomes potential members to join us at our weekly lunch meetings.
Joint Winners: Ken Pittman, SecondBite & Isabelle Gagnon, SecondBiteAccepted By: Ken Pittman & Isabelle Gagnon Ken works in a team of around 100 unpaid volunteers each day with the objective to rescue food headed for landfill, sort the food and create nutritional hampers. Sorting in the warehouse is an ever changing, fast paced environment, which is also strenuous at times. Ken is a tremendous mentor for those around him and can be relied upon at all times. Ken also volunteers at the Aviation Heritage Museum in Bullsbrook and has done for a number of years, where he uses his experience and knowledge as an ex-serviceman.
Isabelle coordinates the partnership between SecondBite and shopping centres, which involves a great deal of time making arrangements with the leaseholders and centre management to ascertain how food rescue can operate in the shopping centres. Isabelle also manages the partnership introduction of the charity and the shopping centre. This ensures wastage goes to those in need and not in the bin. This project is able to continue with many thanks to Isabelle.
BEST RETAIL BUSINESS Video PresentationSponsor: Belmont ForumPresenter: Shane McLean, Belmont Forum
Belmont Forum is proud to sponsor the 27th consecutive award for the Best Retail Business. Belmont Forum is the largest shopping destination within the City, with over 130 stores and hundreds of locals employed within the centre. Belmont Forum is proud to service the residents of the City of Belmont and beyond as well as the large number of workers who travel in and around the City of Belmont each day.
Winner: Equinox Beauty & Cosmetic ClinicAccepted By: Fatemeh Saki, Equinox Beauty & Cosmetic ClinicEquinox Beauty & Cosmetic Clinic offer a wide variety of procedures for skin and face using the most advanced equipment and highly professional staff. Their experienced dermal therapists and registered cosmetic nurses have serviced thousands of satisfied clients over the years, by offering bespoke treatments for the individual. Equinox pride themselves on their customer satisfaction as well as the innovation of cosmetic treatments that their staff provide to their clients.
SUSTAINABILITY AWARD Video Presentation Sponsor: TCF GlobalPresenter: Carol Wallbank, TCF Global
TCF Global assists small business with sourcing and linkages to global networks of sustainable suppliers. TCF is recognised for its long-time delivery of online sustainable fashion and often invited as a guest speaker at numerous international forums on fashion sustainability and the circular economy. TCF Global delivers free online energy efficiency webinars for small business to reduce energy usage.
Winner: Greenbatch FoundationAccepted By: Jason Hamling on behalf of GreenbatchGreenbatch Foundation’s mission is to engage, educate and empower Western Australians to reduce plastic pollution and give waste plastic a new life. They are currently working towards building WA’s first post-consumer plastic reprocessing plant. They also work in conjunction with the Containers for Change program, where consumers can keep or donate their 10c refund for their containers to Greenbatch, who will sort and recycle their eligible and non-eligible items. The process is easy, just wash and sort your items, place them in a Greenbatch bag and drop them off to a collection location. By doing this, you’re assisting plastic recycling in Western Australia.
FASHION INDUSTRY AWARD Video PresentationSponsor: TCF AustraliaPresenter: Irving Lane, Chair, TCFWA & TCF Australia
TCF Australia (TCFWA) is a non-profit community organisation established in 1998, has assisted over 5,000+ designers and fashion industry small businesses with fashion business skill development, linkages in the global supply chain, International trade, industry networks and the MY Fashion Incubator Migrant Small Business Project assisting migrants to start or improve a small business.
Winner: CIZZY Bridal AustraliaAccepted By: Melissa So, CIZZY Bridal AustraliaCIZZY Bridal Australia started as a family business with a father and son team at the helm. Established in 2009, CIZZY Bridal Australia is still based in its hometown of Perth. Their designs tailor for every bride, from modern designs that salute tradition, bohemian and statement gowns to a couture collection that exudes glamour and opulence. They provide their gorgeous gowns throughout Australia as well as internationally, with stockists in the U.K, Europe, China and the United States.
BEST NEW BUSINESS Video PresentationSponsor: City of Belmont Presenter: Deputy Mayor Cr George Sekulla, City of Belmont
With a focus on establishing and maintaining a progressive business community, the City of Belmont is proud to be a major sponsor of the Belmont Small Business Awards. By recognising quality and excellence in the community, the City of Belmont – the City of Opportunity continues to be a great place to live, work and invest.
Winner: Helping SolutionsAccepted By: Omair Chodhry, Helping SolutionsHelping Solutions is a registered NDIS service provider that helps participants achieve their individual life goals and plans. Working closely with participant’s support workers, they ensure their products and services are meeting the individuals needs and desired outcomes. Helping Solutions’ mission is to create an environment that improves the live-ability, wellbeing and sustainable independent living of people with disabilities.
SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA AWARD Video PresentationSponsor: Belmont Business Enterprise CentrePresenter: Jules Lewin, Chair Belmont BEC
Belmont BEC is a not-for-profit association established in 1994, providing small business training and mentoring services, and has assisted over 30,000+ individuals in Belmont, WA and beyond to start or improve their small business during that time and is a specialist in virtual business incubation. Belmont BEC has developed well-known projects for the benefit of its small business clients that have included the Belmont & WA Small Business Awards, ‘Ask an Expert’ Business Sundowners, designedge innovation FESTIVAL, TCF Resource Centre WA, Multicultural Business Support Services, WA Racing Industry Development Project, Belmont Clothes Library, MY Business Incubator Disability Projects and the BPW Business Incubator supporting Women in Small Business.
Winner: MAXIpickersAccepted By: Ruth McWilliam, MAXIpickersMAXIpickers is Western Australia’s work platform specialists, offering truck mounted elevated work platform/cherry picker services across the entire state. Ruth McWilliam, owner of MAXIpickers has worked successfully in a male dominated area and has overcome many obstacles. The business continues to be Ruth’s life and passion. She has worked extremely hard; she has taken risks along the way, physically, mentally and financially. When Ruth started, she only had a car licence. From there, she is now driving trucks requiring a HR licence and lifting people 80 feet in the air around high voltage power lines for a living. Ruth knows that as her business continues to grow, she will continue to find staff that share her passion and who can work alongside her in the success she has built.
Hall of Fame Presentation – Ruth McWilliam, MAXIpickersMAXIpickers was awarded the 2017 Karl Farrell Inspiration Award and in 2019 the Business Woman of the Year, now in 2020 with her 3rd small business award, Ruth and her business MAXIpickers enter the Belmont & Western Australian Small Business Awards ‘Hall of Fame’.
MARJORIE CHARLESON WA RACING INDUSTRY AWARD Video PresentationSponsors: Friends of Belmont BECPresenter: Hon John McGrath MLA, Member for South Perth
Marjorie Charleson was a media & PR trailblazer in 1970’s Golden Era of Perth Racing and went onto to establish “Racebreed Australia” magazine in1998; winning three Belmont Small Business Awards and inducted into the Awards Hall of Fame. Marjorie sponsored the WA Racing Industry Award since 2009. In 2017, Marjorie was presented by Racing and Wagering WA a “Lifetime Achievement Award. Unfortunately, Marjorie passed away this August, and she will be very much missed by all. This annual award will continue in her memory.
Winner: Bernard RyanAccepted By: Bernard RyanBernard Ryan served as President of the WA Jockeys Association for 30 years, after initially being elected to the position in 1975. During his time as President, the WA Jockeys Association achieved many goals such as improvements in health and safety for all jockeys and apprentices; equal riding fees for all jockeys; and an insurance and superannuation scheme. In coordination with other jockey associations, the Australian National Jockeys Association and the National Jockeys was also set up. Bernard was also instrumental in encouraging members of the WA Jockeys Association to actively participate in many charity events including Telethon and Appealathon.
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD Video PresentationSponsor: Blake DigitalPresenter: Adam Blake, Blake Digital
Blake Digital is a creative agency passionate about building and developing brands and business. They are an agency who makes it their business to look after your business wherever in the world your business is. Blake Digital strive to provide excellent customer service, award winning designs, powerful integrated campaigns, beautiful and focused website and innovative and targeted marketing.
Winner: Johan Grobler, Allways MarineAccepted By: Johan Grobler, Allways MarineJohan is 32 years of age and has achieved success building his own business in the Marine arena from small beginnings to what it is now. In 8 years, and with over 100 VIP clients he is always ready to assist any new client who wants the best for their vessel. Johan started with one thing in mind, which was ensuring he offered old school customer service. He aims to make every client feel like they are receiving the best service possible.
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AWARD Video PresentationSponsor: FortixPresenter: Paul Faix, Director, Fortix
Since 2004 Fortix has been empowering local and national businesses with personalised business management systems. Fortix’s innovative, fast and secure business management platform help’s businesses seamlessly manage their business growth. Fortix is the only technology company that provides a full end to end business automation located in Perth, WA.
Winner: IPS Management ConsultantsAccepted By: Jahna Cedar & Katina Law, IPS Management ConsultantsIPS Management Consultants is a certified, majority Indigenous-owned company providing innovative and focused consulting services. Their projects include, but are not limited to, delivering leadership training, carrying out research projects in remote communities and supporting growth of small indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses. They are passionate about the work they do and the outcomes they achieve for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
MENTOR AWARD Video PresentationSponsor: Bev PoorPresenter: Anne Griffiths on behalf of Bev Poor
Bev Poor ran a successful business in Belmont for over 40 years, was a long-time member of the Ascot Rotary Club and was a founding board member of Belmont BEC. She has been a mentor to many over her long career and was an active volunteer for a range of organisations including Perth Zoo, Police Scouts and Southern District Business Association. In 2019, Bev was inducted in the Belmont And Western Australia Small Business Awards Hall of Fame for her outstanding contributions to business and community.
Winner: Maxima JoblinkAccepted By: The Team from Maxima Maxima has over 30 years’ experience working closely with Centrelink customers, providing assistance particularly for people with medical conditions, disabilities or injuries. Their role is to demystify disability employment and help to promote workforce diversity and equality. Maxima also offer an Employment Support Program, which includes mentoring from industry experts. This means that new employees settle in quickly and become as productive as possible. Through mentoring, employees continue to grow long term and maintain a high standard of work and productivity.
BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD Video PresentationSponsor: BPW WA & BPW Business IncubatorPresenter: BPW WA State President, Carol Hanlon
Business & Professional Women Western Australia established in 1950’s, is part of a global network of Business and Professional Women organisations across 100 countries making real differences in women’s lives by taking action for women’s equality – at work, on boards, in leadership. Members give their time and passion to support various campaigns and projects that benefit women and their communities. BPW Business Incubator ONLINE Training and Mentoring Programs are conducted by Belmont BEC, which is a specialist business improvement provider to women owners and managers in small businesses across WA, Australia and beyond.
Winner: Bella Broadway, Connection & Wellbeing AustraliaAccepted By: Bella Broadway, Connection & Wellbeing Australia Bella Broadway is the Founder and Managing Director of Connection & Wellbeing. She has been working in the in the disability, training, mental health, trauma support, behaviour intervention, child protection, education and advocacy for nearly 20 years. Bella is passionate about working towards a suicide safer community and has performed roles in various organisations towards suicide prevention. She has been recognised for her contributions not only to suicide prevention but also her contributions towards a more inclusive world for LGBTIQ+ people.
INDIGENOUS BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD Video PresentationSponsor: Workforce SolutionsPresenter: Ken Hayward, representing Anthony Posniak, Workforce Solutions
Workforce Solutions offers clients an opportunity to outsource their workforce management and administration. They are a professional team that are available to handle all your HR, IR, Payroll, WH&S needs. As a result of mitigating risk in these areas, clients can concentrate on their core business. Rather than spending time, money and energy in an attempt to minimise risk exposure and liability, clients are empowered to spend more time out in the marketplace winning work and growing their business.
Winner: Marks HaulageAccepted By: Robert Marks, Marks HaulageMarks Haulage is a family owned and operated business that provides transport services to the civil construction and mining sector across Australia. They pride themselves on providing high quality, safe and reliable services which has gained their high reputation in the industry. With 16years experience in delivery transport services, Marks Haulage has a commitment to professionalism and customer satisfaction.
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Video PresentationSponsor: Mustera Property GroupPresenter: Nicholas Zborowski, Director, Mustera Property Group
Mustera Property Group Ltd (Mustera) is an Australian focused Real Estate Investment and Development Company listed on the ASX, with a particular focus on quality residential, commercial, industrial, and mixed-use projects. Mustera provides integrated real estate investment solutions with the ability to pursue a diverse range of Australian real estate opportunities across all investment types, capital structures and asset classes.
Winner: Casa del’ AmiciAccepted By: Rosa Catalano, Casa del’ AmiciRosa Catalano, the owner of Casa del’ Amici, has translated her experience growing up in an Italian family into a successful restaurant business. Casa del’ Amici prides itself on tending to their customers every need and giving them an experience, not just a meal. Rosa is a hands-on owner, running the front of house duties of Casa del’ Amici ensuring their customers receive exceptional service from the moment they walk in. Casa del’ Amici has been named in the top 10 Italian restaurants in Perth.
BUSINESS MIGRANT OF THE YEAR Video PresentationShared Sponsor: The Australian Asian Association WA & MY Fashion Incubator Migrant Small Business ProjectPresenters: Mel Fialho, Board Member, The Australian Asian Association WA & Kumar Peiris, Vice Chair, TCF WA representing MY Fashion Incubator Migrant Small Business Project
The Australian Asian Association of WA – The AAA was founded in 1956, to represent the emerging ethnic communities of the time. The current building provides office space to many of Western Australia’s ethnic community groups. There are 3 Consul Offices housed in the building, the Filipino, Nepalese and Chilean consulates. The Association also has branch offices in Gosnells. The AAA is one of the pioneers with ethnic aged care and today proudly helps seniors with three Federal and State-run programmes like the CHSP, the HSP and the Disability Care.
TCF WA – MY Fashion Incubator Migrant Small Business Project provided training & mentoring skills to assist migrants in WA to start, grow or improve their small business in Western Australia through a range of online webinars, workshops, forums, networking opportunities tailored with individual business mentoring.
Winner: Ayurveda for WellnessAccepted By: Vidhu Sharma, Ayurveda for WellnessBefore Vidhu Sharma finished her schooling in India, she knew her path was medicine. She studied hard, but success wasn’t easy and didn’t come overnight. Today she is a well-respected Ayurveda Doctor and runs her business Ayurveda for Wellness, where she treats her patients with ancient medical therapies to promote relaxation and wellbeing. She has also been recognised for her achievements by others in receiving the Community Citizen of the Year Award in January 2020.
INTERNATIONAL TRADE AWARD Video PresentationSponsor: BEC GlobalPresenter: Malav Oza, Board Member, BEC Global | Belmont BEC
BEC Global has a 26year history of providing international trade support to small business for importing and exporting, whether through webinars, workshops, mentoring and specialist trade speakers at networking events, linking with international business councils, trade exhibitions and international government associations and consulates.
Winner: StonebarnAccepted By: Cr Chontelle Stone on behalf of StonebarnSet on a 160acre estate in Pemberton, Stonebarn offers a unique wedding venue and accommodation. They are also the third largest private producer of fresh truffles in Australia, exporting 95% of their produce to USA, UK, Europe and beyond. The harvest of fresh truffles is from June to August and these are sold fresh during the season and used in a range of value-added gourmet truffle products all year round. Fresh truffles are airfreighted the morning after the harvest and they can have fresh truffles on tables anywhere in the world within 72 hours of harvest.
ENTERPRISE OF THE YEAR Video PresentationSponsor: R. Moore & SonsPresenter: Stuart Davis, General Manager, R. Moore & Sons
R. Moore & Sons, celebrating 100 years in business, didn’t expect to be working through a pandemic in its centennial year but the company has quickly embraced the changes and steered its way through with minimal impact. At R. Moore & Sons, welcoming change and innovation has long been a winning formula. General Manager, Stuart Davis said the company now has its sights set firmly on monitoring emerging trends in the industry, ensuring that the business moves with the times over the next century as it has done over the past one.
Winner: Jasmat Steel FabricationsAccepted By: Annette Melling, Jasmat Steel FabricationsJasmat Steel Fabrications has been in operation since 1970 and supplies, fabricates and erects quality fabricated steel components to commercial and multi-level high-rise industries. Their workshop has the capacity to fabricate up to 100 tonnes per month and provides storage options ensuring flexibility for their customers. Jasmat Steel Fabrications had developed a strong reputation within the construction industry.
Hall of Fame Award presentationR. Moore & Sons is a past award winner of Belmont Western Australian Small Business Awards and in honour of outstanding achievement of celebrating 100yrs in business is being inducted into the 2020 Hall of Fame.
BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR Video PresentationSponsor: EMRCPresenter: Marcus Geisler, CEO, EMRC
EMRC provides services in waste management, resource recovery, environmental management and regional development. Working with our 6-member Councils, industry industry bodies, government agencies and other stakeholders, the EMRC is a model of successful collaboration that delivers tangible benefits to Perth’s Eastern Region.
Winner: Strike Training and ConsultingAccepted By: Gaven Wicks, Strike Training and ConsultingGaven Wicks is a former decorated New South Wales Police Sergeant of 25yrs. His years of experience and knowledge in the field led him to become the Managing Director of Strike Training and Consulting. The programs offered by Strike Training and Consulting not only incorporate all practical needs for the security and investigation industry but can also be tailored to meet specific needs of clients. Gaven is well respected by his students, which is shown through the many testimonials of appreciation that Gaven and Strike have received.
JUDGES AWARD Video PresentationSponsor: Friends of Belmont BECPresenter: Patron Belmont BEC Louise Percy
Belmont BEC established the Belmont Small Business Awards in 1994 to provide recognition and encouragement for the professionalism of small business achievements. The Judges Award was introduced to acknowledge a deserving small business and its notable achievements.
Winner: The Coffee Club Belmont ForumAccepted By: Bindya Patel & Preeti Soni, The Coffee Club Belmont ForumOwners of Coffee Club Belmont, Preeti and Bindya, moved from South Africa to Australia in 2012 and 2014 respectively, to create a better future for their children. With hardwork and resilience, they grew the business and in 2016 won a trip to Singapore, after winning an instore ‘smashed avo’ promotion. This led onto winning Franchise of the Year WA. Refurbishments to Belmont Forum meant that the business had to close down, but when reopening finally arrived, Preeti and Bindya worked around the clock to ensure a smooth operation and to re-establish their business with customers. When Covid-19 hit, they were quick to brainstorm ideas on how they could retain business. They quickly joined food delivery services meant that the business could stay afloat during lockdown. Now, the business is operating at 50% of its total seating capacity but has exceeded the year to date sales figures. Well done to Preeti and Bindya.