2012 Belmont Small Business Awards | 15th November | Crown Perth
Let Your Business Shine Brightly
Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the 2012 Belmont Small Business Awards.
This is the 19th year that the business awards have run, and they provide a fantastic opportunity for small and growing enterprises in Western Australia to be recognised for their achievements.
All the categories are listed in the Belmont Small Business Awards 2012 flyer.
Businesses who entered the awards got access to complimentary weekly information Sessions on ‘How to Prepare Award Submissions’; Free Award Entry Kits and submission guidance.
Winners & Finalists were showcased at the ‘Night of Stars Event’ at the Grand Ballroom, Crown Perth (previously known as : Burswood Entertainment Complex) on the 15th of November, 2012.
- See the full list of 2012 Award Winners
- See the 2012 Award Winners Gallery
- See the full 2012 Award Finalists Gallery (Coming Soon)
- See the 2012 Award Night Gallery (More pictures soon)
Entertainment – Music by International Jazz Singer, Maggie Britton
International Jazz Singer, Maggie Britton In a career spanning more than 40 years from 1967 appearing regularly on Brian Henderson’s Bandstand, recording and touring around the globe. Her Royal Command Performance in London ranks as a career highlight. This is Maggie’s first visit to Perth who will be performing at Ellington’s Jazz Club this coming Saturday Night and Fremantle Jazz Club on Sunday. Maggie’s current album "Ditto" available at www.maggiebrittonmusic.com and iTunes.
MOST INNOVATIVE BUSINESS
Sponsored by Australian Network Management (ANM)
ANM provides communication services to the SME and home user market. Operating since 2005 ANM has years of experience in delivering technological solutions for home and business users. Specialising in: Mobile phones using both the Telstra and Optus Mobile Networks, Home and business phone services, Home and corporate internet solutions, VoIP. The Team at ANM understands that time = money, and guarantee’s a quick turnaround time for any issue which may arise, night or day, weekday or weekend. Australian Network Management, Your Technology Partner.
Since 1987, Belmont based Compu-Stor has provided Australian businesses with a complete records management service. The business is 100% family owned and their new state-of-the-art facilities have set the benchmark for records management in WA. The site consolidates 14 warehouses into one warehouse, with the capacity to store in excess of 1 million boxes. Compu-Stor is extremely proud to be one of the few Records Management Companies in Australia to have designed and written their own software system.
KARL FARRELL INSPIRATION AWARD
Sponsored by Designedge Fashion Incubator
Karl Farrell was an inspirational Chairman of TCFWA and this special award honours his memory. The Designedge Fashion Incubator established by TCFWA has provided retail and virtual showroom spaces and assisted many hundreds of designers through co-ordination of trade exhibitions and promotional opportunities since 2003. Designers and creative small businesses are able to access business information, mentoring and specialist industry workshops to assist with the growth of their businesses in WA and nationally.
WINNER: Carina Hoang Communications Publishing
Carina Hoang is a former Vietnamese refugee and award winning author. When she was 16 years old, Carina escaped Vietnam on a wooden boat with her two siblings and 370 other people. She endured violent storms, pirate raids and severely unsanitary conditions to make it to Indonesia, only to find herself stranded on an uninhabited island for almost three months until being rescued by the UNHCR. Carina has recently published a book titled ‘Boat People’ which highlights the Vietnamese Exodus, and stories of refugees and survivors. Carina is now a special representative for the United Nations Refugee Agency in Australia.
QUALITY CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD
Sponsored by Friends of BelmontBEC
Friends of Belmont BEC, was launched in July 2009 to assist with the ongoing provision of small business services delivered by the Belmont Business Enterprise Centre to the local region. Belmont BEC has always been a great advocate of quality customer service where its many clients have become vocal and online advocates for the Centre and its many innovative programs and services. Belmont BEC sincerely values the many hundreds of testimonials, thankyou emails and positive feedback calls always received from its client base.
WINNER: Complete Property Management
Located in Belmont, Complete Property Management is a team of passionate, ethical and skilled people in the property industry who specialise in residential Property Management. Complete Property Management's owner, Jo Beecroft, has brought a fresh approach and reached new levels of success built on a reputation for a high quality of service and outstanding results. The company regularly surveys clients and has received many positive testimonials, which are highlighted on their website.
MOST CREATIVE AWARD
Sponsored by Textile Clothing Footwear Resource Centre of WA (TCFWA)
The Textile, Clothing and Footwear Resource Centre of Western Australia Inc. (TCFWA) provides a valuable resource for the fashion & TCFL industries. Since being established in Belmont in 1998, the centre has been so successful, that it now receives requests from across Australia and overseas, from major trade organisations and designers wishing to be involved in its opportunities and projects. Providing specialised fashion business skills, mentoring and supply chain sourcing on and off shore are just some of the areas TCFWA has been recognised as a leader and role model organisation supporting creative industries across Australia and Globally.
WINNER: Glass by Gina
Over a 20 year period, Gina Scriven has refined her artistic ability and now focusses her energy in Glass Art, having started her own business in 1997 to follow her dreams. One of her most loved products are glass block casts of newborn babies footprints. The blocks are then polished to capture a luxurious personal work of timeless quality and a celebration of life.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by Perth Airport
Airport recognises the valuable service volunteers provide to the community. We are fortunate to have a volunteer program, which provides passengers and visitors to the International and Domestic Terminals, with a warm and welcoming first and last impression of Western Australia. Perth Airport would like to congratulate the winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award.
WINNER: Peter Jarman, Meals on Wheels
Peter Jarman is a Meal’s on Wheels volunteer and has been volunteering with the organization since 1993. He loves assisting people with limited mobility and contributing to the Belmont Community. Peter is responsible for training all new Meals on Wheels volunteers in the City of Belmont, volunteers his time with the organization about 2.5 days per week and is currently 85 years of age.
*Jeanette Taylor, Meals on Wheels Officer at the City of Belmont is representing Peter tonight.
COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD
Sponsored by Southern Gazette
The Southern Gazette offers advertisers quantifiable coverage reaching over 46,000 readers throughout the City of Belmont, City of South Perth and Town of Victoria Park each and every week. Our readers look to the Southern Gazette for the latest local news, opinions and advertisements, choosing to purchase from local businesses close to home.
WINNER: Jacaranda Community Centre
Jacaranda Community Centre is a grassroots community organization that provides financial counseling, family support and court support programs to residents of the City of Belmont that are underprivileged and in hardship. The programs focus on education, improving lifestyle and fostering inclusiveness in the community. Jacaranda is currently working with around 1,600 families and approximately 80% of those are Indigenous.
BEST MARKETING AWARD
Sponsored by Westways Colorgrafix & Daniels Printing Craftsmen
Westways Colorgrafix is a diverse graphic design, photography, video production, web development studio and major print supplier. As our motto goes – “From business cards to magazines and everything in between”. Westways has been based in the City of Belmont for over 25 years, so next time you’re thinking of producing any marketing or promotional material, think Westways Colorgrafix, your “LOCAL” Total Creative and Production Specialists.
WINNER: The Nifnex Review
The Nifnex Review is an SME Business publication with informative and educational business articles, interviews and resources read by over 43,000 business people in Perth. The publication focuses on entrepreneurs and small businesses and creates print, online and social media for this niche group. The stories provide inspiration, positivity and knowledge to reader and next year the organization plans to launch a TV and radio show.
BEST RETAIL BUSINESS AWARD
Sponsored by Belmont Forum
Belmont Forum Shopping Centre is the major retail precinct within the City of Belmont. The Centre boasts over 130 retailers including Big W, Coles, Kmart, Progressive Supa IGA, Woolworths and a great range of specialty stores. Belmont Forum is extremely proud of its ongoing association with the Belmont Small Business Awards and wishes all the 2012 nominees the very best of luck.
WINNER: Mobile Tech
Mobile Tech is a family owned and operated enterprise that started in Perth in 2010. Located at Belmont Forum Shopping Centre Mobile Tech provides services such as repairing and unlocking telecommunications equipment, and have a focus on mobile phones. In addition, they are also a retailer of lifestyle accessories for digital devices and other related electronic accessories. The company places great emphasis on excellent service which in turn has driven brand recognition, repeat sales and growth.
ECOMMERCE WEBSITE AWARD
Sponsored by My Business Incubator
My Business Incubator established by Belmont BEC is a leading virtual small business support organisation providing ONLINE training and mentoring locally, across WA and nationally through it various webinar training and one/one mentoring and advisory support delivered online. Belmont BEC was an early IT adopter with its first website established in 1996 and through eCommerce and technology has provided support to over 20,000 small businesses.
WINNER: We Love Perth
We Love Perth is a venture by Jelena Maticevic and Claire Trolio. It is a web-based guide to Perth, aimed at tourists and locals alike, so everyone can uncover Perth’s hidden gems and best features. They try to offer an alternative voice in the world of tourism and business promotion by sharing the news of small, independent venues and attractions, alongside some of Perth’s best old favourites. The website can be located at www.weloveperth.net.au
*Jelena Maticevic and Claire Trolio were not able to attend tonight so The Hon. Kate Doust MLC will be accepting their award on their behalf.
INDIGENOUS BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by Perth Airport
Perth Airport is pleased to continue its support of the Indigenous Business of the Year Award. As custodians of the land on which the airport is located, Perth Airport recognises the importance of the area to the Noongar people and values its ongoing partnership with the local Indigenous community. Perth Airport would like to congratulate the winner of the Indigenous Business of the Year and all entrants in this category.
WINNER: Deadly Divas Clothing
Deadly Diva's Clothing is 100% owned and operated by Alisha Nelson and Tahn Donovan. Alisha is Nyikina Yawuru, of the Northwest and Tahn is Wardandi, of the Southwest. The girls have pooled their resources and mustered up the support of their loved ones to help them realise a dream to celebrate the beauty and grace of Aboriginal people through a clothing label, Deadly Divas Clothing. The fashion label is designed for every day and every woman, and for the woman who has time to pack, but not necessarily iron. Deadly Diva's Clothing designs – looking deadly has never been so easy!
SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA AWARD
Sponsored by Hanssen Project Management
Hanssen Project Management specialise in the construction of high-rise residential and commercial apartments in Perth and the North West. Managing Director Gerry Hanssen believes in making a difference in the community and providing opportunities for every person to reach their full potential. Hanssen is proud to sponsor the Spirit of Australia Award.
WINNER: Foodbank WA
Foodbank is a charitable organisation which sources donated and surplus food from the food and grocery industry to distribute to welfare and community agencies that provide food assistance to people in need. Starting in Belmont in the ‘90’s, The Foodbank WA network now extends from the state head office in Perth into regional centres in Albany, Bunbury, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Peel. Foodbank WA plays a major role in reducing waste and helping the environment, and its vision is “An Australia Without Hunger”.
BEST NEW BUSINESS AWARD
Sponsored by City of Belmont
The City of Belmont is a vibrant, modern City located just six kilometres from the Central Business District in Perth, boasting eleven kilometres of pristine Swan River frontage. There is an abundance of development opportunities available both, residential and commercial, coupled with a strong retail, commercial and industrial base. The City is in close proximity to air, rail and road networks and home to both the international and domestic airports. The City of Belmont is committed to providing support and services so that businesses from home businesses to large multi-nationals can thrive in the local area. With a focus on establishing and maintaining a progressive business community, the Council is proud to sponsor the award for the Best New Business. By continuing to recognise quality and excellence in the community, the City of Belmont is a great place to live, work, play and invest. A City of Opportunity.
WINNER: Welsh Real Estate
Cloverdale based Robin Welsh fell in love with Real Estate when he bought his first home at 18. He then went on to purchase 4 properties by the time he was 20, and by 24 had bought and sold more houses than most people twice his age. Welsh Real Estate now provide real estate sales and property management services in the City of Belmont, and he has recently launched a settlement agency called iSettlements. The company has only been trading 10 months, but now has 8 staff members and is looking forward to a bright future.
HOME BASED BUSINESS AWARD
Sponsored by Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC)
The aim of the Small Business Development Corporation is to provide relevant, practical support to small businesses throughout Western Australia, and to foster the development of policy conducive to the growth of this thriving sector. The SBDC offers a wide range of practical services including free and confidential business advice, specialised business workshops and now an Alternative Dispute Resolution service for business to business, business to government or commercial tenancy disputes. The SBDC is proud to be The Small Business Specialist. For more information visit smallbusiness.wa.gov.au
WINNER: Adventure Offroad Training
Adventure Offroad Training is a 4WD training organisation that prides itself in providing quality four wheel driving and defensive driver training. Based in Rivervale, their expertise ranges from Introductory Four Wheel Driving through to Advanced 4WD and Recovery. The courses combine the most current theory with practical driving experience in real world environments. Clients learn to confidently and responsibly operate 4WD vehicles in challenging soft sand and bush environments, and on gravel road surfaces.
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Sponsored by National Australia Bank (NAB)
NAB Small Business is supporting Small Business locally by having the most Small Business Relationship Managers located in Branches throughout the metropolitan area. We appreciate though sometimes you can’t get into our Branches so we back this by having dedicated Small Business Specialists available to you 7 days a week via our call team. At the NAB we also encourage potential small business start ups with our Microenterprise loans. These are loans up to $20,000 that we provide to small business who work with the Belmont Business Enterprise Centre in getting themselves to prepare for their new business venture. We also recognise that the Belmont Area is a key business hub in the WA Metropolitan Area which is why we are located at our Belmont Branch. Nab Small Business appreciates the opportunity to support these awards and the local community.
WINNER: Tic Tag Systems
Clinton Smith grew up in the mining towns of Newman and Port Hedland and followed his father’s path into becoming an electrician. Following the ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ methodology, Clinton started his own business in 2008 and now Tic Tag Systems works with some of the largest mining companies in Australia. Located at Welshpool, the business provides electrical, air-conditioning and fire systems services. Clinton has recently started two other businesses called Perth Fairy Lights and PAT Testers.
Sponsored by Watering Concepts
Watering Concepts is a Western Australian owned company with a 30 year record of service within the community. Watering Concepts designs, supplies and services systems for water-based solutions including process water for mining, chemical applications, industrial waste applications and for use within the water utilities system. They can design new projects or provide on-site or workshop repairs/refits for existing equipment dealing with control of flow, pressure, quality and distribution of solutions; provide access to spare parts and repairs to most brands of filters, control valves and flow meters, to maintain their reputation as Problem Solvers for Water Distribution Operations.
WINNER: Solar Naturally
Solar Naturally is a privately owned Australian company, highly dedicated to global renewable energy and clean energy sources. They provide clean energy solutions and products to companies all over the world on a retail, commercial and wholesale basis. Solar Naturally care about the environment and are proud of the many ways in which their products and employees work to safeguard it. The business has a 3 kilowatt solar PV array on their own roof which generates 60% of their electricity needs.
*Alan Thomson will accept the award on behalf of Solar Naturally.
FASHION INDUSTRY AWARD
Sponsored by My Fashion Incubator
‘My Fashion Incubator’ is an innovative fashion business online project established by the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Resource Centre of Western Australia Inc. ‘My Fashion Incubator’ provides valuable trend research and forecasting insights from some of the world’s leading trend organisations. My Fashion Incubator is also providing online networking with the International Fashion Incubator Network established by TCFWA and TCF Global after its successful staging of the 3rd International Fashion Incubator Conference in Perth, 2011 with delegates from 24 countries attending.
WINNER: Morgan Marks
Perth based designer Jane Marks founded the Morgan Marks label in 1998, and has been in the fashion industry since 1985, starting her career as a seamstress, patternmaker and cutter for several large fashion houses. In 1987 she opened her first retail store and began wholesaling. Her signature label ‘Morgan Marks’ is contemporary, directional and aimed towards women of any age who seek modern yet functional wearable garments made from quality fabrics and designed to transcend the seasons. The first ‘Morgan Marks’ concept store is within Claremont Quarter, and the label has over 120 stockists in Australia.
WA RACING INDUSTRY AWARD
Sponsored by Racebreed Australia
RACEBREED AUSTRALIA was for ten years the ONLY commercially independent publication based in Western Australia promoting the thoroughbred breeding and racing industry through newsagents and subscribers across Australia and into New Zealand. Other WA publications were “house magazines” produced by local industry associations for the local market. Racebreed was previously a three-time winner of the Small Business Awards in the Categories of Tourism, Marketing and the initial Racing Industry Award before becoming a sponsor of the latter category. Marjorie Charleson has been the sole proprietor, publisher and editor of the magazine since 1998 when it appeared as Racing West prior to the name change in 2000.
RACEBREED was inducted into the Belmont Small Business Awards HALL OF FAME last year.
WINNER: Harvey Racing
Todd Harvey is the Manager of Harvey Racing in Ascot, and is the fourth generation trainer in his family. The business trains thoroughbred racehorses for competitive racing, and currently has 20 horses in work. At 19 years of age Todd became the youngest licensed trainer in WA and he has previously worked in Melbourne for top trainer, Mark Kavanagh. Harvey Racing has had an excellent 12 months at the racetrack, and has increased the number of horses they train.
BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by Business & Professional Women of Western Australia (BPW WA)
BPW develops the professional, leadership and business potential of women on all levels through advocacy, mentoring, networking, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects around the world. In WA BPW is active in 6 clubs in metro and regional areas giving WA women access to the United Nations, where it holds Special Category Status, on current and emerging issues of importance to women.
WINNER: Sheila Magazine
Sheila is an independent, glossy women’s fashion and lifestyle publication created to showcase West Australian products, producers, creative and businesses. Sheila is produced by a very small team, but the quality of the product is in line with magazines produced by big publishers. Sheila is the only West Australian independently published magazine to secure distribution in Woolworths, and this has enabled cover sales to triple.
BUSINESS MIGRANT OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by Australian Asian Association of WA
The Australian Asian Association is one of Western Australia’s premier ethnic conglomerate bodies, providing rent free accommodation to 17 of our ethnic conglomerate associations from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe in our current building on Stirling Street. The building is used for services by the Chilean, Thai and Filipino Consul Generals. This building has a major and a minor function centre which are in constant use. The Australian Asian Association provides a range of services to our clients including Training, Legal Advice, Immigration Advice and Case Management, Welfare, Emergency Relief, Aged Care under the Community Aged Care Packages and Health and Community Care and an Ethnic Secretariat that provides amongst its many services, help to new and emerging groups in preparing their constitutions and registration. The membership and services continue to grow in geometrical proportions as evident from tonight’s function.
WINNER: BP Luxury Care & Honey Brook Lodge
Honey Brook is a leading low care community dedicated to providing high quality to the Residents, support and education to the family members, caregivers and individuals. CEO Rosh Jalagge was born in Sri Lanka, and came to study business in Australia in 1996. In 2004 Rosh opened up his first business which provided care and accommodation for the intellectually disabled community. He now owns and operates 3 low care facilities.
Sponsored by Belmont Business Enterprise Centre Inc (BelmontBEC)
Belmont BEC established the Belmont Small Business Awards in 1994 and this is now the 19th annual awards program which has recognised business excellence of many hundreds of small businesses over these years. Exporting goods or services around the world is a challenge for small business owners to continue searching for new markets and clients in this fast changing global economy. Although it is now easier for a small business to quickly tap into online buyers, but to stay ahead and cope with the multiple demands of export, various time zones, hemispheres and cultures requires a dedicated and skilled small business owner.
WINNER: John Stanley Associates
John Stanley is a coach, consultant, author, speaker and trainer. He has been described as the 'Retail Guru' and his business is commonly engaged to review overall business management, store layout, visual merchandising, marketing, and customer relationship management. The business now operates in 34 countries around the world, and over the past 30 years, 89% of their total income has come from export services. John is recognised as one of the top ten percent of speakers in the world.
BEST TOURISM AWARD
Sponsored by Crown Events & Conferences Perth
Crown Perth is Western Australia’s premier entertainment destination where guests can discover an impeccable standard of world-class hotels, restaurants and bars, leisure facilities, a casino and a convention centre all in one location. Having undergone a $750 million dollar complex refurbishment, no other destination in Perth can match Crown’s unique and impressive range of facilities and onsite leisure and entertainment. Visit crownperth.com.au to find out more.
WINNER: Aussie Wanderer Tours
Aussie Wanderer Adventure Tours is a leading small group, nature based tour company in Western Australia, offering a broad range of adventure tours. With an average group size of 12 they focus on flexibility and a personal approach, giving their customers a ‘private tour’ experience. The business offers Jump On Jump Off options, and tour guides are young, energetic, passionate Aussies professionally trained, highly experienced and qualified First Aiders. The aim of the company is to make a great journey AWESOME!
ENTERPRISE OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by The Sunday Times
The Sunday Times has been a part of Perth’s Sunday routine for over 100 years with its great mix of local, national and international news; the state's best sports coverage; and much-loved features like WA's fashion bible STM; Real Estate, Body & Soul, Career One & ESCAPE. The Sunday Times team is delighted to again support the Belmont Small Business Awards in 2012.
WINNER: Industrial Recruitment Partners
Industrial Recruitment Partners is a recruitment services organisation which specialises in trades and engineering personnel. Industrial Recruitment Partners based in Belmont believes its unique selling proposition is the offering of an Employee Managed Solution which provide clients a greater level of profitability, efficiency, safety and staff engagement than a standard Labour Hire service The company is expecting to expand its operations to Queensland during this financial year.
Sponsored by TCF Australia
Sometimes the Judging Panel may come across a finalist that does not quite fit the categories and it has the ability to recognize the achievement of this small business that has strived for success and deserves recognition by the announcement of its own special category ‘The Judges Award’. This year the Judges have acknowledged the great achievements of such a small business.
WINNER: A.P.S. Rewinds & Sales
Belmont based A.P.S. Rewinds & Sales focus on the repair and sale of electric motors, generators, and centrifugal pumps. Managing Director Dave Walker has considerable knowledge in every aspect of electric motor repair and is committed to providing a quality-controlled workshop which reflect this expertise. The company are very community minded, including employing staff with disabilities that are keen to work, and supporting overseas missions.
HALL OF FAME AWARD
Sponsored by Belmont Business Enterprise Centre Inc (Belmont BEC)
Belmont Business Enterprise Centre inducts a local small business, organisation or individual into the Belmont Small Business Awards Hall of Fame who over a period of many years has highlighted business excellence, leadership and community contribution to the region.
WINNER: The Hon Eric Ripper MLA – Member for Belmont
2012 Hall Fame inductee is Hon Eric Ripper MLA, Member for Belmont, who since the inception of Belmont BEC in 1994 has been a great supporter to the non-profit community organisation and to local small businesses in the region. Eric has supported many Belmont BEC & TCFWA local small business projects with passion and commitment whether they have been the Belmont Clothes Library, designedge Fashion Incubator or the many letters of support written for the many past project applications and his assistance during 19 years of Belmont Small Business Awards presentation events.
HOW WE JUDGE BELMONT SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS
The Judging Panel consists of business people selected for their specialist small business knowledge. Judges have the right to place entrants in an alternative category, if they deem necessary. Finalists will be notified and asked to provide additional information if required by the Judging Panel.
The Judges’decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Confidentiality – The information contained in the Award entry remains confidential and will only be accessible to the Judging Panel.