VIC - Telstra Australian Business Awards

Telstra Victorian Business of the Year

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easyweddings.com.au

Mulgrave

Easy Weddings

“We are a pivotal part of one of the most memorable and important days in our customers’ lives; and that's truly amazing and incredibly gratifying.” – Katrina Butterworth, Owner.

Katrina and Matt Butterworth like to think they’ve been invited to more than 400,000 weddings. That’s how many nuptials the couple have had a hand in organising, a decade after the launch of their one-stop, online wedding directory. Finding it hard to plan their own wedding and with online directories still emerging, the couple spotted an opportunity and Matt set off to learn web development. Their wedding plans soon turned into the launch of Easy Weddings, now Australia’s number one online wedding directory featuring 3,500 wedding suppliers and a team of 19 employees. Attracting more than 220,000 unique visitors to the site each month, Katrina and Matt believe they maintain the top spot in their industry by investing in technology such as a review system for suppliers and an iPhone app. The business connects with prospective brides through the website, online forums and Facebook, often before many even consider saying “I do”.

Business Owner Micro-Business Award

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The Wall Sticker Company

Oakleigh South

The Wall Sticker Company

“We’ve always thought of our business as part of a community, needing interaction with other businesses and individuals for success.” – Jenny Menz, Co-owner.

Friends Fiona Gathercole and Jenny Menz came up with a clever way to transform blank walls five years ago and the idea has well and truly stuck. Melbourne’s The Wall Sticker Company produces removable, PVC and BPA free wall stickers for homes and businesses, offering 160 designs and customised stickers through an online store and more than 90 national and international stockists. Automation of many processes, including more than 80 per cent of the manufacturing, has helped Fiona and Jenny keep up with ever-growing demand without sacrificing creativity and their passion for nurturing new talent. The company releases a new wall sticker design each month, showcases guest designers to promote emerging artists and invites design students at Melbourne’s RMIT University to submit ideas. Customer interaction is equally important. Feedback is sought on each purchase and free samples are offered for word-of-mouth promotion, one of the top three ways The Wall Sticker Company has grown its sales 20-fold in five years.

MYOB Small Business Award

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easyweddings.com.au

Mulgrave

Easy Weddings

“We are a pivotal part of one of the most memorable and important days in our customers’ lives; and that's truly amazing and incredibly gratifying.” – Katrina Butterworth, Owner.

Katrina and Matt Butterworth like to think they’ve been invited to more than 400,000 weddings. That’s how many nuptials the couple have had a hand in organising, a decade after the launch of their one-stop, online wedding directory. Finding it hard to plan their own wedding and with online directories still emerging, the couple spotted an opportunity and Matt set off to learn web development. Their wedding plans soon turned into the launch of Easy Weddings, now Australia’s number one online wedding directory featuring 3,500 wedding suppliers and a team of 19 employees. Attracting more than 220,000 unique visitors to the site each month, Katrina and Matt believe they maintain the top spot in their industry by investing in technology such as a review system for suppliers and an iPhone app. The business connects with prospective brides through the website, online forums and Facebook, often before many even consider saying “I do”.

Panasonic Australia Medium Business Award

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PRESHAFOOD LTD

Derrimut

PRESHAFOOD LTD

“Once someone tries our product we receive an overwhelmingly positive response to its taste and flavour.” – Alastair McLachlan, CEO.

PRESHAFOOD makes the only 100 per cent Australian fruit juice that is preserved using cold high-pressure processing (HPP). HPP is cold pasteurisation at extremely high levels of pressure, which kills bacteria for long shelf-life but preserves far more taste and nutrition than traditional pasteurisation. PRESHAFOOD was founded in 2006, three years after HPP technology became commercially available. Foresight and significant capital investment have paid off with the Derrimut-based company now producing 12 specialty juices – including Apple Passionfruit, Apple Pomegranate and Blood Orange – and seven flavours of coulis for supermarkets, restaurants and airlines. The quality of the juice has been recognised with international awards; including the World’s Best Juice at global trade fair Drinktec in 2009, where PRESHAFOOD beat out products by Pepsi and Coca-Cola. CEO Alastair McLachlan believes taste is the best promotion, so the company invests in sampling at supermarkets, outdoor events and food shows to win over new customers.

AMP Innovation Award

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BikeExchange.com.au

Collingwood

BikeExchange.com.au

“We consolidate thousands of listings from retailers and private sellers nationwide to make finding and buying effortless and instant.” – Jason Wyatt, CEO.

Jason Wyatt and Sam Salter decided to start their online business four years ago when they found out bicycles were outselling cars. Launched with a basic classifieds function, BikeExchange.com.au is now the third most visited sports shopping web site in Australia, consolidating more than 43,000 bicycles and accessories for private and commercial sale. One of the first niche consolidators to give consumers the chance to “buy now”, BikeExchange.com.au gives 400 cycling retailers a powerful and low-cost online shopfront to present to 440,000 visitors each month. Jason estimates retailers need to sell just one extra bicycle a month to earn a return on their investment. Private sellers benefit from an easy content management system that helps them quickly create their own informative advertisements, with up to four images and a video, while an in-house-developed search engine ensures users find what they want as quickly as possible.

Yellow Pages Social Responsibility Award

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m.a.d. woman – making a difference

Rosanna

m.a.d. woman – making a difference

“I established m.a.d.woman (making a difference) to literally be in the business of making a positive difference - to the environment, the community and the lives of those who need support.” – Melina Schamroth, CEO.

Book a date night with m.a.d.woman Singles Volunteers events and you are likely to find yourself in a soup kitchen instead of a fancy restaurant. m.a.d.woman (making a difference) was created in 2007 by self-proclaimed social entrepreneur Melina Schamroth to bring together people who are passionate about doing good and to help corporates connect with the community. She builds singles events around community service projects, such as disaster relief and cooking meals for the homeless, supporting charities with a ready supply of helping hands and donations, and helping like-minded people ditch first-date nerves. Based in Melbourne, Melina also speaks on social responsibility and runs events for women and the business sector, encouraging companies to build stronger teams by tapping into their employees’ community spirit and desire to make a difference. Melina says m.a.d.woman, which has helped serve more than 50,000 meals to the homeless, counts “people helped” ahead of “revenue earned” as the benchmark for success.

Telstra Regional Business Award

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Blackmore Holdings Pty Ltd

Alexandra

Blackmore Holdings Pty Ltd

“Our customers are increasingly socially aware and want to know what they are eating, where it comes from and whether it was produced in a sustainable way.” – David Blackmore, Managing Director.

A leading producer of prestigious Wagyu beef, Blackmore Holdings has been practising sustainable farming for more than 20 years, because founder David Blackmore believes if he cares for the environment, it will care for his cattle. Blackmore’s herd of 2,000 fullblood Wagyu is raised in a natural environment at Alexandra, on the fertile flats of the Goulburn River, and is left to gain weight naturally, with no antibiotics, genetically modified foods or growth hormones. Environmental care is exercised by fencing cattle from lagoons and the river to protect native flora and fauna, using bio-dynamic fertilisers and spray irrigating at night, which reduces evaporation and helps cut power costs. David welcomes more educated buyers, chefs and consumers, who are demanding more information about production methods, and happily shares his farming insights through field days. Blackmore Wagyu Beef is sought by some of the world’s most discerning chefs, including Rockpool’s Neil Perry and The French Laundry’s Thomas Keller.

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