National winner

National category winners

2015 Telstra Australian
Micro Business Award

Nexba Beverages

We credit our success to mentors. Our strategy has always been to surround ourselves with experts to help us grow and hit our targets.

Nexba Beverages

The story of beverage brand Nexba began on a beach during a summer’s day in Rio Nexba, Mexico in 2010. Enjoying a cold glass of ice tea, engineer Drew Bilbe was inspired to create his own natural, low-calorie real ice tea to share with family and friends back home in Australia. Drew teamed together with his close childhood friend – like-minded entrepreneur and law student Troy Douglas – to enter the world of beverages. In 2011, with no business experience, the pair, aged 21 and 24, personally financed their business idea and launched Nexba, a beverage brand that is made by Aussies for Aussies. In December 2014, Nexba launched in Coles supermarkets nationally and sold their three millionth can. They also moved from a home office in Manly to a professional office in North Sydney.

We credit our success to mentors. Our strategy has always been to surround ourselves with experts to help us grow and hit our targets.
Troy Douglas, Co-Founder and Brand Director

Nexba Beverages
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2015 Telstra Australian
Small Business Award

Cargo Crew

We've found it’s rare in business to grow something from the ground up with no backing. We have achieved this independently and we are extremely proud of it.

Cargo Crew

Melbourne’s Cargo Crew is revolutionising company uniforms by creating great outfits that staff are proud to wear. A one bedroom flat, $2,000 and a fashion degree were all Felicity Rodgers needed to give company uniforms a makeover. In 2002, Felicity used her design experience to create fashion forward uniforms that would withstand the rigours of a busy workplace. In 2008 Felicity’s sister, Narelle Craig, brought her advertising experience to the business and in 2013 Felicity’s husband Paul came on board to manage operations for the growing business. Together, the trio has worked hard to deliver their ‘Original Style’ brand. Their efforts paid off and Cargo Crew started to supply major brand name clients, such as Dulux and Renault. Despite increased competition in the marketplace, the brand’s strength means Cargo Crew continue to enjoy a high demand for uniforms.

We've found it’s rare in business to grow something from the ground up with no backing. We have achieved this independently and we are extremely proud of it.
Felicity Rodgers, Creative Director

Cargo Crew
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra Australian
Start-up Award

Furst Electrical

As a business-to-business competitor often servicing multinational clients, it is critical for us to demonstrate credibility and authority beyond the size of our business.

Furst Electrical

Melbourne siblings Lee and Mark Furst fulfilled a long-held dream when they came together to start their electrical contracting business, Furst Electrical. Having pursued independent careers in accounting and industrial electrical services, Lee and Mark both felt limited by their positions. Hailing from a family with a small business background, the pair always wanted to work for themselves. In 2012, they created Furst Electrical, a specialist contractor in electrical automation services for manufacturers and secondary processing businesses. The company designs, fabricates and installs electrical control systems to increase the competitiveness of Australian industry through automation and innovation. They have 11 staff but clients are able to talk directly to the business owners. These factors have helped the pair secure four major new contracts and increase revenue by more than 200 per cent since 2012.

As a business-to-business competitor often servicing multinational clients, it is critical for us to demonstrate credibility and authority beyond the size of our business.
Lee Furst, Finance Director

Furst Electrical
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra Australian
Regional Business Award

Southern Cotton Pty Ltd

We’re dedicated to doing the best job for our growers and showcasing the quality of the emerging cotton industry in Southern NSW.

Southern Cotton Pty Ltd

Tired of carting their cotton 400 kilometres to get ginned, and spending a fortune to do so, six Murrumbidgee farmers pooled resources to build their own gin. Southern Cotton Pty Ltd was born in 2011 with a vision to give southern NSW farmers fast, quality ginning and to promote cotton as a profitable alternative crop. After transforming a greenfield site in Whitton into a $26 million gin, Southern Cotton ginned the most bales ever in a first-year gin, processing 166,234 bales. The business deploys best-in-class technology, from paddock to the finished bale, to give growers the best returns. Innovation extends to marketing with the launch of the Cotton Club loyalty program. Ranked among Australia’s best gins, Southern Cotton Pty Ltd is acknowledged as contributing to the growth of Murrumbidgee’s cotton industry where hectares dedicated to cotton have tripled since it opened.

We’re dedicated to doing the best job for our growers and showcasing the quality of the emerging cotton industry in Southern NSW.
Kate O'Callaghan, General Manager

Southern Cotton Pty Ltd
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State winners

2015 Telstra
New South Wales Business of the Year

Amazonia

Through constant innovation, Amazonia provides what customers are looking for or have not yet been able to attain within the healthcare industry.

Amazonia

Eight years ago, at just 22 years of age, Dwayne Martens left his final semester at university in pursuit of bringing the latest superfood phenomenon to the Australian market – the acai berry. Dwayne started out producing organic freeze dried acai berry powder and capsules on his own before partnering with Chris Norden to expand the business. Since launching in 2008 Amazonia has grown to 19 full time staff and it imports 25,000 tonnes of acai a month. The business has gone on to launch the Raw Nutritional range of supplements in 2013. Developed by health professionals, the range includes protein powders, superfood blends and a sugar crave release spray – all of which contain raw and natural certified organic ingredients.

Through constant innovation, Amazonia provides what customers are looking for or have not yet been able to attain within the healthcare industry.
Dwayne Martens, Owner

Amazonia
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
South Australian Business of the Year

HEGS Australia

You can do it, you can do it local, and you can succeed.

HEGS Australia

While attempting to hang his wife’s cocktail dress on the washing line without leaving any marks, Scott Boocock came up with the idea for his peg-manufacturing business. Determined to not leave any line, sun or peg marks, Scott realised he needed a peg with hooks. After months of intensive research and development, he turned the idea into reality and the HEGS space saving dual-hook design was launched. After initially manufacturing the product – which he called hegs – in China, they are now 100 per cent Australian-made and owned. They are found in more than 600 stores throughout Australia and more than 3000 internationally. When sourcing international markets, extensive research is conducted on market share. In Japan, for example, HEGS sells to camping stores instead of traditional laundry outlets.

You can do it, you can do it local, and you can succeed.
Scott Boocock, Founder & CEO

HEGS Australia
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
Queensland Business of the Year

Beginning Boutique

From an early age I knew cash flow was paramount and saw the highs and the lows of business - this prepared me for the trials and tribulations.

Beginning Boutique

An entrepreneurial spirit gained from her business owner parents and a visit to a Paris store with an amazing interior and exceptional customer service led Sarah Timmerman to establish Beginning Boutique. Seeing the need for an alternative to mainstream shopping seven years ago, she set about pioneering an online fashion retailer. Selling in-house designed garments and designer and wholesale stock, Beginning Boutique has now built a loyal following of almost one million engaged fans globally through its social media marketing. The company was an early adopter of the Facebook Business page and posts daily content to make customers feel part of the Beginning Boutique community. Its signature packaging - a purple branded dust bag, a hand written postcard and a holographic post bag – is designed to build the brand and generate further social conversations.

From an early age I knew cash flow was paramount and saw the highs and the lows of business - this prepared me for the trials and tribulations.
Sarah Timmerman, Director

Beginning Boutique
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
Northern Territory Business of the Year

Country Solar NT

We’re local and we want to ensure that locals are getting the best products available at the best prices to meet their energy needs.

Country Solar NT

On a trip to Townsville in 2010, an offer to help friends research solar panels for their home sparked Jeremy and Pam Hunt’s idea to help like-minded people in the Top End live more sustainably. COUNTRY SOLAR NT designs, supplies and installs solar PV systems for residential, commercial and government buildings and was recently awarded a tender to install a 250kW solar PV system for Charles Darwin University. Starting out on weekends with just a ute and a garage full of solar panels, the family-owned and operated business now employs 22 staff and operates out of a large warehouse and showroom in Coconut Grove. They pride themselves on providing a consistent and transparent service and a local alternative to the fly-in fly-out competition.

We’re local and we want to ensure that locals are getting the best products available at the best prices to meet their energy needs.
Jeremy Hunt, Owner

Country Solar NT
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Business of the Year

Red Robot

Innovation is imperative to us leading our industry. As a result, we prioritise innovation in every aspect of our business from product design through to internal processes.

Red Robot

Two mates in a garage saw the dawn of a new generation of fully commercial, portable and single-operator photo booths. Duncan Amos and Phil Preston started building portable booths in 2008 while running their own photo booth rental company. Seeing an opportunity, the pair launched Red Robot to provide a better way for people to operate a Photo Booth hire business with less hassle, in less time while reducing costs and increasing profits. Its main product line is the design, manufacture and sale of booths which are now exported to USA, Europe and New Zealand. Feeding an exploding market, the business has helped more than 220 Australian entrepreneurs start their own rental businesses, worked with some of the world’s biggest brands and has become the largest Photo Booth manufacturer in the Southern Hemisphere.

Innovation is imperative to us leading our industry. As a result, we prioritise innovation in every aspect of our business from product design through to internal processes.
Phil Preston, Director

Red Robot
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2015 Telstra
Tasmanian Business of the Year

Francesca Collections

Passion for what I do is 100 per cent a major driver in the business. I have run the business from nothing to what is now a successful brand.

Francesca Collections

From a young age Hannah Vasicek loved to design and make jewellery. She started selling her pieces to a local art gallery and operating her own stall at the Salamanca Markets at the age of 16. She went on to launch Francesca Collections in 2011 while studying science and law at university. Selling a range of sterling silver and gold plated jewellery along with semi-precious stones and crystals, Francesca Collections has tapped into the fashion market at home and abroad. After winning the 2012 Global Student Entrepreneur prize for Australia, Hannah opened her flagship Hobart store and has since grown her range from 100 to 600 products. In just a couple of years the business has grown from strength to strength, selling the range online and growing in size to a team of ten.

Passion for what I do is 100 per cent a major driver in the business. I have run the business from nothing to what is now a successful brand.
Hannah Vasicek, Owner

Francesca Collections
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
Victorian Business of the Year

Furst Electrical

As a business-to-business competitor often servicing multinational clients, it is critical for us to demonstrate credibility and authority beyond the size of our business.

Furst Electrical

Melbourne siblings Lee and Mark Furst fulfilled a long-held dream when they came together to start their electrical contracting business, Furst Electrical. Having pursued independent careers in accounting and industrial electrical services, Lee and Mark both felt limited by their positions. Hailing from a family with a small business background, the pair always wanted to work for themselves. In 2012, they created Furst Electrical, a specialist contractor in electrical automation services for manufacturers and secondary processing businesses. The company designs, fabricates and installs electrical control systems to increase the competitiveness of Australian industry through automation and innovation. They have 11 staff but clients are able to talk directly to the business owners. These factors have helped the pair secure four major new contracts and increase revenue by more than 200 per cent since 2012.

As a business-to-business competitor often servicing multinational clients, it is critical for us to demonstrate credibility and authority beyond the size of our business.
Lee Furst, Finance Director

Furst Electrical
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State category winners

2015 Telstra
Northern Territory Micro Business Award

Stepping Stones In Life Therapy Service

We offer unique, highly-effective therapeutic models in which therapists work in partnership with each child, adolescent, and adult for the benefit of each individual.

Stepping Stones In Life Therapy Service

From her previous work in a disability service, psychologist Barbara Kapser had witnessed first-hand the difficulty Territory families had accessing paediatric and adult therapy services. Coupled with the limited support available for families and carers, Barbara decided to launch Stepping Stones In Life Therapy Service in 2011. As a private multi-disciplinary practice located in Millner, it provides allied health therapeutic services for children, adolescents and adults across the Northern Territory. Children and adults are treated with evidence-based therapy to help improve their well-being. Services range from individual and group sessions, support groups, parenting programs, developmental music groups, and recreational programs such as yoga for children, Mums & Bubs, and prenatal women. All are flexibly-delivered at either the Stepping Stones Centre, schools, other support services and centres or the client’s home.

We offer unique, highly-effective therapeutic models in which therapists work in partnership with each child, adolescent, and adult for the benefit of each individual.
Barbara Kapser, Owner/Director

Stepping Stones In Life Therapy Service
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
South Australian Micro Business Award

Posture Podiatry

A hallmark of our business is that we will seek every opportunity to enable the body to help itself.

Posture Podiatry

Daniel Gibbs and his team at Posture Podiatry understand the body-mind connection. Looking to the root cause of foot and lower leg pain, the business combines traditional methods and a caring service experience to address the physical and mental aspects of the condition. Using state-of-the-art technology, they apply manual therapy techniques such as foot mobilisation, dry needling and massage before relying on external aids or devices. Launched in 2009 by Daniel and his wife Julia, the Kent Town business started out with a deck chair and basic treatment room. Personal drive and hard work built the foundation for a business that is trusted by national athletes, Olympic basketballers, members of the Australian Dance Theatre and hundreds of other clients each week. Ten per cent of the profits go towards supporting the work of the Salvation Army.

A hallmark of our business is that we will seek every opportunity to enable the body to help itself.
Daniel Gibbs, Owner

Posture Podiatry
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
Victorian Micro Business Award

Elite Executive Services Pty Ltd

The philosophy at the heart of our organisation is to provide the best support possible to newcomers, whether company-assisted or individuals.

Elite Executive Services Pty Ltd

For many people, an interstate or overseas move is fraught with difficulties. Fortunately, Cheltenham’s Elite Executive Services is on hand to take the stress out of relocation. Recognising that individuals and companies needed support managing the relocation process, Kathy Nunn established Elite Executive Services in 2001. It helps people make their new destination a home. From locating schools to unpacking boxes, Kathy understands the practical and personal aspects needed to help families settle in. Although the GFC saw the organisation experience a slow-down, the business quickly diversified and is now making significant in-roads into new markets. With an increasing number of Chinese families looking to move to Australia, Elite Executive employed local consultants who speak Mandarin and Cantonese. This customer commitment means Australia’s newcomers can be confident that Elite Executive will make their transition an easy one.

The philosophy at the heart of our organisation is to provide the best support possible to newcomers, whether company-assisted or individuals.
Kathy Nunn, Director

Elite Executive Services Pty Ltd
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Micro Business Award

Barmco Mana Partnership

Consideration is always taken for our clients’ project expenses, handling it like it is from our own pocket.

Barmco Mana Partnership

Born in a garage and growing to a professional office environment, Barmco Mana Partnership offers consulting expertise in the management of building projects, specialised engineering services and related activities within the property and construction industries. Starting as Brad Armstrong’s one-man operation in 1998, Barmco Mana Partnership was born ten years later when fellow senior engineer Steve Wheelhouse became joint partner. Both have more than 37 years’ industry experience. The business supplies support for all forms of project delivery in varying roles across a building project’s life cycle. The business aims to maximise system and overall building efficiency, taking into account capital costs, recurrent operational costs and energy conservation. Servicing both private and government clients, Barmco Mana Partnership operates in the ACT, NSW and nationally for buildings leased by the Commonwealth Government.

Consideration is always taken for our clients’ project expenses, handling it like it is from our own pocket.
Brad Armstrong, Co-Owner

Barmco Mana Partnership
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
Tasmanian Micro Business Award

Shift Property Styling

Our goal is to create a mind shift in the way homes are presented to the market and to improve the impression of Tasmanian homes nationally.

Shift Property Styling

Adam and Donielle Luttrell created a business aimed at styling a home to create an emotional response from prospective buyers. The pair believed this crucial element was lacking in Tasmania’s property market so they launched consultancy Shift Property Styling in 2006 to help homeowners achieve premium selling prices. Offering end-to-end property styling, and using a large inventory of furniture and accessories, Shift Property Styling creates customised looks to suit the style preferences of particular markets. Drawing on Adam’s photography expertise, high resolution images of the completed rooms are provided to the client to market the property. The Hobart-based business has extended into styling services for home owners, furnishing rental properties, and lawn and garden maintenance. The popularity of its services continues to grow - it recently employed two assistant property stylists to meet demand.

Our goal is to create a mind shift in the way homes are presented to the market and to improve the impression of Tasmanian homes nationally.
Donielle Luttrell, Director

Shift Property Styling
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
Queensland Micro Business Award

Styling You with Nikki Parkinson

Working across a diverse range of sizes, budgets and tastes ignited my passion for helping women to find their individual style and confidence.

Styling You with Nikki Parkinson

In the face of a slowing media industry, Nikki Parkinson left her 20-year journalism career and used her experience as a fashion editor to help busy women find confidence in their personal style. Starting as a personal stylist in 2008, Nikki launched the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog Styling You to help market the fledging business. Popularity of the blog exploded and in 2012 Nikki ceased personal styling appointments to concentrate on growing her thriving online audience. Targeting a readership of women aged 25 to 55, the blog offers relatable, real-world advice and accessible fashion and beauty tips and attracts 130,000 unique visitors per month. A steady stream of revenue is generated through brand advertising, sponsorships and ambassadorships and most recently Nikki published her first book Unlock Your Style to further engage her audience.

Working across a diverse range of sizes, budgets and tastes ignited my passion for helping women to find their individual style and confidence.
Nikki Parkinson-Hubbard, Owner

Styling You with Nikki Parkinson
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
New South Wales Micro Business Award

Nexba Beverages

We credit our success to mentors. Our strategy has always been to surround ourselves with experts to help us grow and hit our targets.

Nexba Beverages

The story of beverage brand Nexba began on a beach during a summer’s day in Rio Nexba, Mexico in 2010. Enjoying a cold glass of ice tea, engineer Drew Bilbe was inspired to create his own natural, low-calorie real ice tea to share with family and friends back home in Australia. Drew teamed together with his close childhood friend – like-minded entrepreneur and law student Troy Douglas – to enter the world of beverages. In 2011, with no business experience, the pair, aged 21 and 24, personally financed their business idea and launched Nexba, a beverage brand that is made by Aussies for Aussies. In December 2014, Nexba launched in Coles supermarkets nationally and sold their three millionth can. They also moved from a home office in Manly to a professional office in North Sydney.

We credit our success to mentors. Our strategy has always been to surround ourselves with experts to help us grow and hit our targets.
Troy Douglas, Co-Founder and Brand Director

Nexba Beverages
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
New South Wales Small Business Award

Amazonia

Through constant innovation, Amazonia provides what customers are looking for or have not yet been able to attain within the healthcare industry.

Amazonia

Eight years ago, at just 22 years of age, Dwayne Martens left his final semester at university in pursuit of bringing the latest superfood phenomenon to the Australian market – the acai berry. Dwayne started out producing organic freeze dried acai berry powder and capsules on his own before partnering with Chris Norden to expand the business. Since launching in 2008 Amazonia has grown to 19 full time staff and it imports 25,000 tonnes of acai a month. The business has gone on to launch the Raw Nutritional range of supplements in 2013. Developed by health professionals, the range includes protein powders, superfood blends and a sugar crave release spray – all of which contain raw and natural certified organic ingredients.

Through constant innovation, Amazonia provides what customers are looking for or have not yet been able to attain within the healthcare industry.
Dwayne Martens, Owner

Amazonia
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
Northern Territory Small Business Award

Northtech Solutions

We have focused on team development, supplier relationships, service diversification and quality delivery to ensure Northtech has the skills, products and capability to meet our customer’s needs.

Northtech Solutions

In 2010 Steve Pope and Donna McRae moved from Jabiru to Darwin and poured their savings into a dream of independence through owning and operating their own business – Northtech Solutions. The first steel fabrication job the company won was completed by Steve in the carport of his family home. Today Northtech Solutions provides specialised steel fabrication, installation and maintenance services to the industrial, marine and government sectors from its own commercial premises. Its reputation for quality and delivering innovative, affordable products and solutions has grown as its workforce has increased to 20 full-time equivalent staff. Steve and Donna are proud of Northtech’s experienced and committed workforce, demonstrated by an exemplary safety record and positive industrial relations environment. Commercially, the majority of their suppliers are Territory-based small and medium enterprises.

We have focused on team development, supplier relationships, service diversification and quality delivery to ensure Northtech has the skills, products and capability to meet our customer’s needs.
Donna McRae, Co-Owner/Manager

Northtech Solutions
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
South Australian Small Business Award

Kalleske Wines

Our farm, vineyards and winery are all run using organic and biodynamic methods and are certified both organic and biodynamic; producing handcrafted organic wines - the way nature intended.

Kalleske Wines

The Kalleske family has been farming and growing quality grapes since 1853 near the village of Greenock in SA’s Barossa Valley. In 2002, winemaker Troy Kalleske, together with brother Tony, whose skills lay in management, business development and sales, established Kalleske Wines. The first wines from the family estate were released in 2004 and quickly gained recognition nationally and internationally. In 2013, they renovated an old building in Greenock’s main street to become their cellar door. Now exporting to 23 countries, the Kalleskes are committed to making chemical-free wines of individuality and excellence – their organic wines won recognition at the prestigious AWC Vienna Awards in 2013. Sustainability is at the heart of their business and they ensure that all winery waste is composted and returned as natural fertiliser into the vineyard.

Our farm, vineyards and winery are all run using organic and biodynamic methods and are certified both organic and biodynamic; producing handcrafted organic wines - the way nature intended.
Tony Kalleske, Owner

Kalleske Wines
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
Queensland Small Business Award

Beginning Boutique

From an early age I knew cash flow was paramount and saw the highs and the lows of business - this prepared me for the trials and tribulations.

Beginning Boutique

An entrepreneurial spirit gained from her business owner parents and a visit to a Paris store with an amazing interior and exceptional customer service led Sarah Timmerman to establish Beginning Boutique. Seeing the need for an alternative to mainstream shopping seven years ago, she set about pioneering an online fashion retailer. Selling in-house designed garments and designer and wholesale stock, Beginning Boutique has now built a loyal following of almost one million engaged fans globally through its social media marketing. The company was an early adopter of the Facebook Business page and posts daily content to make customers feel part of the Beginning Boutique community. Its signature packaging - a purple branded dust bag, a hand written postcard and a holographic post bag – is designed to build the brand and generate further social conversations.

From an early age I knew cash flow was paramount and saw the highs and the lows of business - this prepared me for the trials and tribulations.
Sarah Timmerman, Director

Beginning Boutique
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Small Business Award

Red Robot

Innovation is imperative to us leading our industry. As a result, we prioritise innovation in every aspect of our business from product design through to internal processes.

Red Robot

Two mates in a garage saw the dawn of a new generation of fully commercial, portable and single-operator photo booths. Duncan Amos and Phil Preston started building portable booths in 2008 while running their own photo booth rental company. Seeing an opportunity, the pair launched Red Robot to provide a better way for people to operate a Photo Booth hire business with less hassle, in less time while reducing costs and increasing profits. Its main product line is the design, manufacture and sale of booths which are now exported to USA, Europe and New Zealand. Feeding an exploding market, the business has helped more than 220 Australian entrepreneurs start their own rental businesses, worked with some of the world’s biggest brands and has become the largest Photo Booth manufacturer in the Southern Hemisphere.

Innovation is imperative to us leading our industry. As a result, we prioritise innovation in every aspect of our business from product design through to internal processes.
Phil Preston, Director

Red Robot
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
Tasmanian Small Business Award

Francesca Collections

Passion for what I do is 100 per cent a major driver in the business. I have run the business from nothing to what is now a successful brand.

Francesca Collections

From a young age Hannah Vasicek loved to design and make jewellery. She started selling her pieces to a local art gallery and operating her own stall at the Salamanca Markets at the age of 16. She went on to launch Francesca Collections in 2011 while studying science and law at university. Selling a range of sterling silver and gold plated jewellery along with semi-precious stones and crystals, Francesca Collections has tapped into the fashion market at home and abroad. After winning the 2012 Global Student Entrepreneur prize for Australia, Hannah opened her flagship Hobart store and has since grown her range from 100 to 600 products. In just a couple of years the business has grown from strength to strength, selling the range online and growing in size to a team of ten.

Passion for what I do is 100 per cent a major driver in the business. I have run the business from nothing to what is now a successful brand.
Hannah Vasicek, Owner

Francesca Collections
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
Victorian Small Business Award

Cargo Crew

We've found it’s rare in business to grow something from the ground up with no backing. We have achieved this independently and we are extremely proud of it.

Cargo Crew

Melbourne’s Cargo Crew is revolutionising company uniforms by creating great outfits that staff are proud to wear. A one bedroom flat, $2,000 and a fashion degree were all Felicity Rodgers needed to give company uniforms a makeover. In 2002, Felicity used her design experience to create fashion forward uniforms that would withstand the rigours of a busy workplace. In 2008 Felicity’s sister, Narelle Craig, brought her advertising experience to the business and in 2013 Felicity’s husband Paul came on board to manage operations for the growing business. Together, the trio has worked hard to deliver their ‘Original Style’ brand. Their efforts paid off and Cargo Crew started to supply major brand name clients, such as Dulux and Renault. Despite increased competition in the marketplace, the brand’s strength means Cargo Crew continue to enjoy a high demand for uniforms.

We've found it’s rare in business to grow something from the ground up with no backing. We have achieved this independently and we are extremely proud of it.
Felicity Rodgers, Creative Director

Cargo Crew
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
New South Wales Start-up Award

Flow Athletic

Through hiring the right people and believing in your model and building a strong community, you can have success in a previously unproven concept.

Flow Athletic

Having owned three gyms and run 34 marathons, personal trainer and former NRL player Benjamin Lucas was looking for his next business idea in the fitness industry. While training for an ultra-marathon, Benjamin met yogi Kate Kendall. Kate taught Benjamin yoga while he began to train her. They both realised that the two teachings complimented each other and so Flow Athletic was born. Opening its Paddington doors in early 2013, this gym has no treadmills or weight machines. Flow Athletic is based on three core principles – yoga, strength and spin – and combines yoga practice with cardio and strength training. The business has expanded to include dance and boxing classes, outdoor boot camp in a local park and personal training. Yoga teacher training is another new service Benjamin and Kate have added to their business.

Through hiring the right people and believing in your model and building a strong community, you can have success in a previously unproven concept.
Benjamin Lucas, Director

Flow Athletic
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
Northern Territory Start-up Award

Plumbing NT Pty Ltd

The only two people that matter in business are the customer and your staff. If they aren’t looked after you will fail. Never take them for granted.

Plumbing NT Pty Ltd

Patrick Whitehead is one Territorian who’s embraced technology to give his small business a competitive edge. All plumbers at NT Plumbing Maintenance Service are given a work tablet. From a blocked drain to a sewer main upgrade, throughout the job, every note, photo, email and text is recorded and stored so a complete job history is available. All plumbers have an app installed on their tablets that provides a job ticket with client and job details and GPS navigation to the site. Management always know where their plumbers are and how they are tracking. With no tertiary education or formal business training Patrick Whitehead started Plumbing Maintenance Service in 2013. Now based in Darwin, Palmerston and rural areas, the business provides commercial and domestic plumbing maintenance, plumbing for new house construction, civil works plumbing and industrial plumbing.

The only two people that matter in business are the customer and your staff. If they aren’t looked after you will fail. Never take them for granted.
Patrick Whitehead, Managing Director

Plumbing NT Pty Ltd
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
South Australian Start-up Award

HEGS Australia

You can do it, you can do it local, and you can succeed.

HEGS Australia

While attempting to hang his wife’s cocktail dress on the washing line without leaving any marks, Scott Boocock came up with the idea for his peg-manufacturing business. Determined to not leave any line, sun or peg marks, Scott realised he needed a peg with hooks. After months of intensive research and development, he turned the idea into reality and the HEGS space saving dual-hook design was launched. After initially manufacturing the product – which he called hegs – in China, they are now 100 per cent Australian-made and owned. They are found in more than 600 stores throughout Australia and more than 3000 internationally. When sourcing international markets, extensive research is conducted on market share. In Japan, for example, HEGS sells to camping stores instead of traditional laundry outlets.

You can do it, you can do it local, and you can succeed.
Scott Boocock, Founder & CEO

HEGS Australia
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Start-up Award

alliance Leasing

alliance Leasing was launched to shake up the way novated leasing is provided by the industry. I wanted to blast away unnecessary fees and charges and make the process exciting, agile and fast.

alliance Leasing

alliance Leasing is a start-up company established to assist employers with their staff retention strategies by offering the benefits of novated car leasing. Although the industry is highly competitive, Founder Michael Lindgren believed there was a better way to offer real time service. His plan was based on using technology to do the transactional work, leaving more time to talk with people. The business has grown from one person to five and includes some former professional rugby players who have brought a discipline, competitive and ambitious attitude needed for a start-up company. The team operates as a cohesive and co-operative unit with a daily huddle at 9.30am nationwide facilitating communication of everybody’s priorities, data and issues Michael says the goals of the organisation and brand promises are reinforced internally on regular basis.

alliance Leasing was launched to shake up the way novated leasing is provided by the industry. I wanted to blast away unnecessary fees and charges and make the process exciting, agile and fast.
Michael Lindgren, Managing Director

alliance Leasing
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2015 Telstra
Tasmanian Start-up Award

Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse

We offer a home away from home experience, where everyone becomes part of the big Montacute family.

Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse

English seafarer Captain William Langdon and his Somerset village of Montacute influenced the creation of this niche accommodation in Hobart’s Battery Point. Winemaker Antony Langdon, a descendent of the 17th Century arrival to Tasmania, and food and beverage marketer Rose Flynn joined forces to open Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse in March 2014. Their aim was to turn a 120 year-old student sharehouse into a hostel worthy of the description 'boutique'. Since completing the lease negotiations, bank loan approval and a major renovation, the duo have been packing in guests searching for a luxurious, low-cost place to stay in a great location. Proving that sacrificing an ensuite bathroom and staying in a shared bunkroom is no problem for many travellers, Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse became the number one hostel in Australia on global websites Booking.com and Hostelworld.com less than a year after opening.

We offer a home away from home experience, where everyone becomes part of the big Montacute family.
Rose Flynn, Owner

Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse
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2015 Telstra
Queensland Start-up Award

Ecoriginals

We hope by making our business highly profitable, we can encourage other business owners to launch eco products which offer a better solution for consumers at the same price.

Ecoriginals

A ‘nappy revolution’ is what Ecoriginals founders Lachlan and Lisa Laing are calling the success of their eco disposable nappies. Launched in 2013 after 2.5 years’ research and development, the nappies are sold through 150 retailers and online with home delivery. Lachlan and Lisa are dedicated to offering an alternative to conventional disposable nappies which environmental scientists say may take centuries to break down in landfill. Critical to their business is offering a comparable price point so they’re affordable for families everywhere. The Ecoriginal nappy is mostly biodegradable made of a wood pulp/corn starch combination and uses 100 per cent compostable packaging. After its early success Ecoriginals has since developed baby wipes and compostable bin liners. Their breakthrough is not only kind to a baby’s bottom, but the businesses bottom line is showing profit growth.

We hope by making our business highly profitable, we can encourage other business owners to launch eco products which offer a better solution for consumers at the same price.
Lisa Laing, Director

Ecoriginals
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2015 Telstra
Victorian Start-up Award

Furst Electrical

As a business-to-business competitor often servicing multinational clients, it is critical for us to demonstrate credibility and authority beyond the size of our business.

Furst Electrical

Melbourne siblings Lee and Mark Furst fulfilled a long-held dream when they came together to start their electrical contracting business, Furst Electrical. Having pursued independent careers in accounting and industrial electrical services, Lee and Mark both felt limited by their positions. Hailing from a family with a small business background, the pair always wanted to work for themselves. In 2012, they created Furst Electrical, a specialist contractor in electrical automation services for manufacturers and secondary processing businesses. The company designs, fabricates and installs electrical control systems to increase the competitiveness of Australian industry through automation and innovation. They have 11 staff but clients are able to talk directly to the business owners. These factors have helped the pair secure four major new contracts and increase revenue by more than 200 per cent since 2012.

As a business-to-business competitor often servicing multinational clients, it is critical for us to demonstrate credibility and authority beyond the size of our business.
Lee Furst, Finance Director

Furst Electrical
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2015 Telstra
New South Wales Medium Business Award

Ezypay

Our in-depth understanding of the many challenges the fitness industry faces has been our prime motivation to continuously innovate our services.

Ezypay

Direct-debit billing and online payment service Ezypay has helped Australian businesses collect payments since 1996. Its systems assists local businesses to maintain regular cash flow and automate payment collections. Chatswood-based Ezypay says many small businesses face cash flow crises which makes an easy-to-implement payment system like Ezypay invaluable. In 2012, Ezypay launched iconnect360, an industry-first, cloud-based membership management software with full-integrated billing that caters specifically to the gym and fitness sector. Amid the rise in 24-hour fitness clubs, iconnect360 is now available in Australasia and in six Asian countries including China. Ezypay’s services are derived from founder George Holman’s experience as a gym owner and manager. George became a pioneer of direct debit payments in Australia after he saw the service work in the US by improving payment collection rates and increase membership retention.

Our in-depth understanding of the many challenges the fitness industry faces has been our prime motivation to continuously innovate our services.
Trent Brown, Chief Executive Officer

Ezypay
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2015 Telstra
South Australian Medium Business Award

Princess Royal Station

We’re always looking at new procedures, methods and technology to ensure our end product is constantly of premium standard, as demanded by the international marketplace.

Princess Royal Station

In the face of adversity, family-owned livestock business Princess Royal Station has risen to become a highly respected large-scale livestock enterprise. Situated in SA’s historic pastoral centre of Burra, it was formed in 2003 from an existing business, T&R Pastoral, by Simon Rowe and his father and industry figure, the late Robert Rowe. Applying a lifetime of passion and skill the pair have forged a business in breeding and preparing premium cattle for domestic and overseas sale, and trading of cattle, sheep and lamb. Boasting its own freight division for livestock transport, they also produce one third of their feed requirements from their large scale cropping program. Despite setbacks of drought, fire and the loss of Robert Rowe, the business has thrived as one of the area’s major employers and holds contracts with Teys Australia and Woolworths Limited.

We’re always looking at new procedures, methods and technology to ensure our end product is constantly of premium standard, as demanded by the international marketplace.
Simon Rowe, Director

Princess Royal Station
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2015 Telstra
Victorian Medium Business Award

Setec

Setec believes in Australian manufacturing and engineering by supporting staff on a local level. Our dedicated workforce contributes greatly to the company's forward-thinking.

Setec

Despite more than 45 years of designing and manufacturing power solutions, Melbourne’s Setec is still full of bright ideas. In 1968, personal assistant Jill Lloyd and electrical engineer Peter Lloyd left their jobs to start their own business. Operating from their garage, the technically-minded couple started Setec – a supplier of leading edge power products. With a reputation for quality and reliable solutions, the business grew rapidly. Within 15 years the business was shipping more than $1m worth of power supplies. Today, Setec is still Australian-owned and operated. It has retained its commitment to developing pioneering power products. In 2014, the company launched an innovative battery management range, BM PRO. Designed to assist recreational vehicle travellers to manage battery power via Bluetooth technology, their BatteryCheck product has enjoyed a great response in the US and NZ.

Setec believes in Australian manufacturing and engineering by supporting staff on a local level. Our dedicated workforce contributes greatly to the company's forward-thinking.
David Bayliss, Chief Executive Officer

Setec
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2015 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Medium Business Award

Synergy Group

Our unique business model has allowed Synergy to attract the highest quality accountants and consultants which translates into quality services for our clients.

Synergy Group

Canberra’s consulting market has long been dominated by the ‘Big 4’ accounting firms, but Patrick Quade had grand ambitions to shake things up. Synergy Group Australia was established in 1999 and specialises in accounting and consulting services for government agencies. It covers every aspect of the government financial framework and requirements from legislation, business processes, information systems, audit, governance, risk and compliance. Over its 16 years, the Barton-based business has grown from two founding partners to a team of 70. Among an impressive list of government clients Synergy Group is primary provider of internal audit services to the Department of Social Services and was recently appointed to provide internal audit services to the Department of Human Services. It has formed an internal Canberra Community and Charity committee to champion local community initiatives by donating time, money and professional services.

Our unique business model has allowed Synergy to attract the highest quality accountants and consultants which translates into quality services for our clients.
Patrick Quade, Partner

Synergy Group
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2015 Telstra
Northern Territory Medium Business Award

Country Solar NT

We’re local and we want to ensure that locals are getting the best products available at the best prices to meet their energy needs.

Country Solar NT

On a trip to Townsville in 2010, an offer to help friends research solar panels for their home sparked Jeremy and Pam Hunt’s idea to help like-minded people in the Top End live more sustainably. COUNTRY SOLAR NT designs, supplies and installs solar PV systems for residential, commercial and government buildings and was recently awarded a tender to install a 250kW solar PV system for Charles Darwin University. Starting out on weekends with just a ute and a garage full of solar panels, the family-owned and operated business now employs 22 staff and operates out of a large warehouse and showroom in Coconut Grove. They pride themselves on providing a consistent and transparent service and a local alternative to the fly-in fly-out competition.

We’re local and we want to ensure that locals are getting the best products available at the best prices to meet their energy needs.
Jeremy Hunt, Owner

Country Solar NT
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2015 Telstra
South Australian Regional Business Award

Princess Royal Station

We’re always looking at new procedures, methods and technology to ensure our end product is constantly of premium standard, as demanded by the international marketplace.

Princess Royal Station

In the face of adversity, family-owned livestock business Princess Royal Station has risen to become a highly respected large-scale livestock enterprise. Situated in SA’s historic pastoral centre of Burra, it was formed in 2003 from an existing business, T&R Pastoral, by Simon Rowe and his father and industry figure, the late Robert Rowe. Applying a lifetime of passion and skill the pair have forged a business in breeding and preparing premium cattle for domestic and overseas sale, and trading of cattle, sheep and lamb. Boasting its own freight division for livestock transport, they also produce one third of their feed requirements from their large scale cropping program. Despite setbacks of drought, fire and the loss of Robert Rowe, the business has thrived as one of the area’s major employers and holds contracts with Teys Australia and Woolworths Limited.

We’re always looking at new procedures, methods and technology to ensure our end product is constantly of premium standard, as demanded by the international marketplace.
Simon Rowe, Director

Princess Royal Station
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2015 Telstra
Victorian Regional Business Award

Skin Smart Australia

We are passionate about providing accessible skin cancer assessments and proud to have paved the way for them to become a common health service within the workplace.

Skin Smart Australia

Jane Homberger and Hillary McGregor-Potter’s roving assessment and education service, Skin Smart Australia, is helping Australians spot skin cancers early. Formed in 2012, Melbourne’s Skin Smart takes skin cancer checks and education into the workplace. Although Australia’s incidence of skin cancer is very high, busy workers don’t always find the time to get regular checks. To help, Jane and Hillary augment corporate wellness programs with a workplace service that educates, assesses and makes GP referrals. The service is so popular Skin Smart’s turnover increased almost ten-fold in the first three years. The business recently secured a two-year contract as the preferred provider of skin cancer assessments to Bupa Wellness. With a service scope that stretches right across the region, Skin Smart Australia is helping everyone, from miners to bankers, keep their skin cancer-free.

We are passionate about providing accessible skin cancer assessments and proud to have paved the way for them to become a common health service within the workplace.
Jane Homberger, Director

Skin Smart Australia
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2015 Telstra
Queensland Regional Business Award

Cape York Camping Punsand Bay

The business is seasonal with the majority of guests visiting the region during the dryer winter months between April and November. We had 21,000 guests stay in 2014.

Cape York Camping Punsand Bay

Cape York Camping Punsand Bay offers beachfront accommodation and camping at the most northern address in mainland Australia, located 5km west of "The Tip" of Cape York Peninsula. The camping ground attracts adventurers, anglers, beachcombers, birdwatchers and history buffs looking to explore Cape York Peninsula and the Torres Strait Islands. The current owners, Rod, Anne and Jack Colquhoun, purchased a former fishing lodge early in 2013 and poured their tourism experience into transforming its operations - extensively rebuilding the dated facilities after firstly installing a new generation system to restore power, water and communications. Guests can watch the sun rise over the Coral Sea and set over the Arafura Sea. The business offers boating tours, pearl farm visits and helicopter flights among a range of activities in one of Australia's most untouched, wildlife-abundant wildernesses. 

The business is seasonal with the majority of guests visiting the region during the dryer winter months between April and November. We had 21,000 guests stay in 2014.
Jack Colquhoun, Managing Director

Cape York Camping Punsand Bay
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2015 Telstra
Tasmanian Regional Business Award

Bridestowe Estate

The customer response to our unique agritourism precincts and creative product positioning has delivered extraordinary results for all stakeholders.

Bridestowe Estate

Bridestowe Estate is a world class producer of lavender oil and a significant tourist destination at Nabowla in Tasmania’s north-east. It’s been run by Robert and Jennifer Ravens since 2007 when they purchased a lavender farm from corporate owners originally created by London perfumer and migrant C.K. Denny in 1921. The Ravens family saw the potential in the then-struggling business and embarked on a major diversification plan while maintaining the legacy of the founder’s quality product. Robert Ravens’ manufacturing experience and the family’s passion for continuous improvement, focus on developing export markets and demonstrable innovation have driven the enterprise’s success. Bridestowe Estate is a manufacturer of value-added products widely available domestically and exported throughout Asia, including Japan and Greater China. The estate has stimulated domestic and international tourism, attracting 65,000 visitors a year.

The customer response to our unique agritourism precincts and creative product positioning has delivered extraordinary results for all stakeholders.
Robert Ravens, Managing Director

Bridestowe Estate
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2015 Telstra
New South Wales Regional Business Award

Southern Cotton Pty Ltd

We’re dedicated to doing the best job for our growers and showcasing the quality of the emerging cotton industry in Southern NSW.

Southern Cotton Pty Ltd

Tired of carting their cotton 400 kilometres to get ginned, and spending a fortune to do so, six Murrumbidgee farmers pooled resources to build their own gin. Southern Cotton Pty Ltd was born in 2011 with a vision to give southern NSW farmers fast, quality ginning and to promote cotton as a profitable alternative crop. After transforming a greenfield site in Whitton into a $26 million gin, Southern Cotton ginned the most bales ever in a first-year gin, processing 166,234 bales. The business deploys best-in-class technology, from paddock to the finished bale, to give growers the best returns. Innovation extends to marketing with the launch of the Cotton Club loyalty program. Ranked among Australia’s best gins, Southern Cotton Pty Ltd is acknowledged as contributing to the growth of Murrumbidgee’s cotton industry where hectares dedicated to cotton have tripled since it opened.

We’re dedicated to doing the best job for our growers and showcasing the quality of the emerging cotton industry in Southern NSW.
Kate O'Callaghan, General Manager

Southern Cotton Pty Ltd
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