National winner

2014 Telstra Australian
Business of the Year

REDARC

Being a technology focused business, our entire model is based on innovation – we put technological development at the forefront of everything we do.

REDARC

Working with his grandfather in a garage in the Flinders Ranges during his holidays instilled a sense of entrepreneurship in Anthony Kittel. After completing an MBA, Anthony was promoted to General Manager at ROH Wheels but was keen for more independence. When the opportunity to buy a small, struggling electronics business arose in 1997, he pounced. Investing in research and development, REDARC has developed a range of electronic accessories, power sources and battery management systems to make camping and touring safer. With a number of patents, core products include battery charging, portable solar, electronic safety and control systems and voltage converters. Based in Lonsdale, its products are used in the 4x4, mining, industrial, agriculture, marine and commercial trucking industries and by roadside assistance bodies and emergency services. Key clients include Volvo and Club Assist and its customer base extends to New Zealand, France and North America.

 

Being a technology focused business, our entire model is based on innovation – we put technological development at the forefront of everything we do.
Anthony Kittel, Owner

REDARC
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National category winners

2014 Telstra Australian
Micro Business Award

URBAN ESCAPE

A core value at URBAN ESCAPE is that the superstar is the person in the chair not behind it!

URBAN ESCAPE

URBAN ESCAPE is more than just a hair salon. It’s a high-end, holistically focused hair and wellness retreat. It took owner Craig Withers four years to realise his dream salon which is built from renewable resources and recycled materials. It also uses products free of synthetic ingredients or petrochemicals. In 2011, URBAN ESCAPE was awarded the International Green Salon of the Year. Craig’s overall objective has been to create an environment of mental, physical and emotional wellbeing for both clients and staff. In the future, team members will be offered the opportunity to open their own businesses under the URBAN ESCAPE umbrella. Craig sees this as a way of encouraging the continued success of the brand and the individual, through growing together, not apart. In May 2014, URBAN ESCAPE was named national winner of the 2014 Australian Achiever Award for Australia’s Hairdressing Services.

 

A core value at URBAN ESCAPE is that the superstar is the person in the chair not behind it!
Craig Withers, Founder/Director

URBAN ESCAPE
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2014 Telstra Australian
Small Business Award

Lark Distillery

Like many of Tasmania's other premium food and beverage businesses, our success stems from small-scale production of high-quality, high-value products.

Lark Distillery

Recognising Tasmania is blessed with an abundance of rich barley fields, highland peat bogs and the perfect climate to produce malt whisky, Bill and Lyn Lark launched a boutique distillery in 1992. Lark Distillery was the first licensed distillery to open in Tasmania since 1839. It had humble beginnings in Kingston before opening a cellar door in Hobart, followed by a second distillery, a bond store and brew house now located in the Coal River Valley. Lark Distillery was one of the first companies to export Australian malt whisky into the US. Its product has won a host of prestigious awards including the Gold Medal Whisky of the Year at the 2011 International Whisky Competition in Chicago. The distillery now employs 18 full-time staff and has expanded, acquiring Overeem Whisky. It has added vodka, gin, rum and liqueurs to its product line and offers tours of its Coal River Valley production site.

Like many of Tasmania's other premium food and beverage businesses, our success stems from small-scale production of high-quality, high-value products.
Bill Lark, Founder

Lark Distillery
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2014 Telstra Australian
Start-up Award

Country Wellness Pharmacy

We’re proud to say that Save Mart Pharmacy is independently owned and 100 per cent Territory focused. Our aim is to be at the forefront of healthcare innovation in the Territory.

Country Wellness Pharmacy

A vision to transform the traditional pharmacy model brought a group of passionate pharmacists together in Darwin. Starting out in 2012, Country Wellness Pharmacy established Save Mart Pharmacy in the Winnellie Shopping Centre. The business has now grown to five full time staff. With a focus on personalised local service, they’ve merged traditional medication dispensing with holistic health services, such as counselling and education seminars. At the heart of the business is a desire to seek innovation in health care services. Pioneering 24/7 on-call pharmacist and state-of-the-art online medical consultations, they’ve improved services to remote and incapacitated patients. In 2014, Country Wellness Pharmacy launched a web-based medication management system for an aged care facility, to deliver improvements in medication administration for elderly patients. The business has expanded into offering integrated medical and pharmacy solutions to Indigenous not-for-profit organisations, oil and gas companies, shipping companies and marine vessels.

We’re proud to say that Save Mart Pharmacy is independently owned and 100 per cent Territory focused. Our aim is to be at the forefront of healthcare innovation in the Territory.
Boon Wai Lim, Managing Director

Country Wellness Pharmacy
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2014 Telstra Australian
Medium Business Award

REDARC

Being a technology focused business, our entire model is based on innovation – we put technological development at the forefront of everything we do.

REDARC

Working with his grandfather in a garage in the Flinders Ranges during his holidays instilled a sense of entrepreneurship in Anthony Kittel. After completing an MBA, Anthony was promoted to General Manager at ROH Wheels but was keen for more independence. When the opportunity to buy a small, struggling electronics business arose in 1997, he pounced. Investing in research and development, REDARC has developed a range of electronic accessories, power sources and battery management systems to make camping and touring safer. With a number of patents, core products include battery charging, portable solar, electronic safety and control systems and voltage converters. Based in Lonsdale, its products are used in the 4x4, mining, industrial, agriculture, marine and commercial trucking industries and by roadside assistance bodies and emergency services. Key clients include Volvo and Club Assist and its customer base extends to New Zealand, France and North America.

 

Being a technology focused business, our entire model is based on innovation – we put technological development at the forefront of everything we do.
Anthony Kittel, Owner

REDARC
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2014 Telstra Australian
Regional Business Award

Stone & Wood Brewing Company

Our beers are an expression of the Stone & Wood approach to life - trying to take things slow and keeping it simple.

Stone & Wood Brewing Company

Stone & Wood Brewing Company was launched in 2008 to reflect the style of traditional village breweries in a contemporary business model. Its founders, three guys who’d left the corporate brewing industry, wanted to create a strong local brewery that would make the Northern Rivers proud and support the community that supports it. The owners say their greatest challenge has been trying to meet the insatiable demand for their flagship beer, Pacific Ale. After building a strong foundation in the first two years, the business turned over $500,000 in 2010. Every year since they’ve nearly doubled turnover and in 2014 they expect top line sales to exceed $12 million. With 24 employees, and after eight upgrades, they ran out of room at the Byron Bay brewery. In keeping with their brewed and bottled in the Northern Rivers slogan, they opened an additional and much larger brewery in Murwillumbah.

Our beers are an expression of the Stone & Wood approach to life - trying to take things slow and keeping it simple.
Jamie Cook, Director

Stone & Wood Brewing Company
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State winners

2014 Telstra
South Australian Business of the Year

REDARC

Being a technology focused business, our entire model is based on innovation – we put technological development at the forefront of everything we do.

REDARC

Working with his grandfather in a garage in the Flinders Ranges during his holidays instilled a sense of entrepreneurship in Anthony Kittel. After completing an MBA, Anthony was promoted to General Manager at ROH Wheels but was keen for more independence. When the opportunity to buy a small, struggling electronics business arose in 1997, he pounced. Investing in research and development, REDARC has developed a range of electronic accessories, power sources and battery management systems to make camping and touring safer. With a number of patents, core products include battery charging, portable solar, electronic safety and control systems and voltage converters. Based in Lonsdale, its products are used in the 4x4, mining, industrial, agriculture, marine and commercial trucking industries and by roadside assistance bodies and emergency services. Key clients include Volvo and Club Assist and its customer base extends to New Zealand, France and North America.

 

Being a technology focused business, our entire model is based on innovation – we put technological development at the forefront of everything we do.
Anthony Kittel, Owner

REDARC
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2014 Telstra
Tasmanian Business of the Year

Lark Distillery

Like many of Tasmania's other premium food and beverage businesses, our success stems from small-scale production of high-quality, high-value products.

Lark Distillery

Recognising Tasmania is blessed with an abundance of rich barley fields, highland peat bogs and the perfect climate to produce malt whisky, Bill and Lyn Lark launched a boutique distillery in 1992. Lark Distillery was the first licensed distillery to open in Tasmania since 1839. It had humble beginnings in Kingston before opening a cellar door in Hobart, followed by a second distillery, a bond store and brew house now located in the Coal River Valley. Lark Distillery was one of the first companies to export Australian malt whisky into the US. Its product has won a host of prestigious awards including the Gold Medal Whisky of the Year at the 2011 International Whisky Competition in Chicago. The distillery now employs 18 full-time staff and has expanded, acquiring Overeem Whisky. It has added vodka, gin, rum and liqueurs to its product line and offers tours of its Coal River Valley production site.

Like many of Tasmania's other premium food and beverage businesses, our success stems from small-scale production of high-quality, high-value products.
Bill Lark, Founder

Lark Distillery
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2014 Telstra
Northern Territory Business of the Year

ServiceM8

Small business wants assistance in getting things done, preferably in the background, without fuss and right the first time. We started ServiceM8 to be that assistant.

ServiceM8

Following a successful corporate career, Kim Ford decided to use his skills and experience to help small businesses enhance their performance. During his research of the sector, he had an idea for the development of a software platform that could help small business operators manage their workflow. In 2010, Kim encouraged his son Ben to leave his successful career as a software engineer in Melbourne to return home and help him deliver his vision for ServiceM8. For the next 12 months, the father-son team worked on building and testing the platform and a complementary iPhone/iPad app, before releasing it to the market in July 2011. The cloud-based platform manages all facets of a field service delivery business - from a client's first call through to quoting, job management, invoicing and payment - and integrates with MYOB and Xero accounting software. In 2012, Kim launched a partner program to extend the family.

Small business wants assistance in getting things done, preferably in the background, without fuss and right the first time. We started ServiceM8 to be that assistant.
Kim Ford, CEO

ServiceM8
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2014 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Business of the Year

Intelledox

Intelledox continues to win business worldwide and we are currently working with an Australian Government agency to deliver the largest Infiniti project ever.

Intelledox

In the 1990s, long before Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey glamorised technology, Phillip Williamson and Michelle Melbourne had a passion for helping government and businesses improve productivity with smart IT solutions. Their consulting service evolved into a software company and Fyshwick-based Intelledox was launched in 2001. Its flagship product, Infiniti, has been designed to digitise manual, paper-based processes by collecting and transforming data to produce tailored statements, contracts and regulatory documents for public and private sectors. The company’s software has proved to be a more elegant solution than its competitors and it now competes on the world stage, with offices in Singapore, New York, London and Toronto. In 2013, Infiniti was named on Anthill Magazine's Smart 100 list, which recognises Australian innovation successes. Intelledox was also named a BRW Fast 100 Company in 2010 and 2011 and has been awarded ACT Exporter of the Year three times.

Intelledox continues to win business worldwide and we are currently working with an Australian Government agency to deliver the largest Infiniti project ever.
Phillip Williamson, Chief Executive Officer

Intelledox
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2014 Telstra
New South Wales Business of the Year

Elevate Education Pty Ltd

It took three to four years to begin to earn salaries equal to the jobs we had given up. But we had a vision for the company, believed in it and persisted.

Elevate Education Pty Ltd

Like many students, Douglas Barton found himself adrift in his first year of university. Despite doing well in the HSC, he realised he didn’t know how to study. The idea for Elevate Education Pty Ltd evolved from there. Funded by credit cards, Douglas started the business in 2001 with two friends from high school, Edward Seung and Dorjee Sun. Today, Elevate Education develops and facilitates study skill workshops in more than 800 high schools across Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, in order to improve school and student performance. Seminars are run by presenters with an average age of 21, which gives them credibility with students and increases their level of engagement. Elevate Education Pty Ltd enjoys an annual client retention rate of approximately 90 per cent, with around 175,000 students a year rating the seminars as time well spent and recommending them to their peers.

It took three to four years to begin to earn salaries equal to the jobs we had given up. But we had a vision for the company, believed in it and persisted.
Douglas Barton, Chairman

Elevate Education Pty Ltd
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2014 Telstra
Victorian Business of the Year

Smile Solutions

I am totally committed to building ‘the dental practice of dreams’, a practice beyond the imagination of our patients, clinicians and management staff – and myself.

Smile Solutions

Dr Kia Pajouhesh is a dentist on a mission. Refusing to accept the traditional dental practice paradigm, he has engineered the ideal model to nurture both patients and clinicians, with astounding success. His practice, Smile Solutions, has grown from just eight patients in 1995 to more than 65,000 patients, today generating a net annual turnover of more than $18 million. His clinical team, collaborating under one roof in Melbourne’s iconic Manchester Unity Building, comprises 16 Board-registered specialists, 20 general dentists and 10 hygienists/therapists, supported by 45 management/ nursing staff. Smile Solutions provides, within a single superb location, the full spectrum of multidisciplinary care. Seamless referrals from one Smile Solutions practitioner to another, each an expert in their own field, ensures optimum service for all dental needs.

I am totally committed to building ‘the dental practice of dreams’, a practice beyond the imagination of our patients, clinicians and management staff – and myself.
Dr Kia Pajouhesh, Managing Director

Smile Solutions
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2014 Telstra
Queensland Business of the Year

Carbon Media

We’re passionate about sharing culture, identity and diversity so all Australians can share in the pride of the world's oldest living culture.

Carbon Media

Becoming the first Australian company commissioned by Sesame Street to produce a film for its letters and numbers segment was a feat– and a door-opener – for Carbon Media. Its mixed-media film, titled Five Kangaroos and starring singer Jessica Mauboy, was aired on the iconic children’s show early in 2014. For Carbon Media, a full-service media production company launched in 2006 by Wayne Denning, 2013 was a year of significant growth. It was one of four recipients of the Screen Australian Enterprise Funding program and also produced the children’s TV program Handball Heroes which aired on ABC3. The Indigenous-owned, Fortitude Valley-based company, which develops content for TV, radio, websites, mobile applications and public awareness campaigns, expects 2014 to be another growth year. After attending New York’s annual Kidscreen Summit, Wayne says Carbon Media is looking to cement partnerships with international broadcasters in the kids’ entertainment industry and start development on some more kids programs.

We’re passionate about sharing culture, identity and diversity so all Australians can share in the pride of the world's oldest living culture.
Wayne Denning, Managing Director

Carbon Media
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State category winners

2014 Telstra
Queensland Micro Business Award

Glitter and Dance Fabric Specialists

Our focus is always having the highest quality product, sold by exceptionally trained staff, in the most innovative way possible.

Glitter and Dance Fabric Specialists

From local school halls to global stages of screen and elite sports, Glitter and Dance Fabric Specialists are in a league of their own. The Mansfield based wholesaler and retailer of dance fabrics started in the family garage in the late 1990s, supplying affordable net fabric to mums who had trouble sourcing fabrics for their daughters’ dance costumes. The business, now run by the founder’s daughters, stocks hundreds of quality fabric lines – dreamy designs for international dance competitions to stronger stretchy pieces used in Olympic gymnastics. Glitter and Dance design their own fabrics and offer a full costume design service. Staff have a deep understanding of dance and a strong online presence reaps global sales. The business has supplied Channel 10’s So You Think You Can Dance and Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby movie and Strictly Ballroom stage production. Its Glitter Global Grant program helps poor Sri Lankan children attend traditional dance lessons.

Our focus is always having the highest quality product, sold by exceptionally trained staff, in the most innovative way possible.
Carly Vidal-Wallace, Manager

Glitter and Dance Fabric Specialists
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2014 Telstra
South Australian Micro Business Award

Virtual Ad Agency

Our success has come through having the freedom and flexibility to always apply the best people and right thinking to every project and not confine ourselves to one market.

Virtual Ad Agency

Having served as CEO of three advertising agencies, on turning 40 John Curnow envisaged a more efficient way to service client needs by doing away with large, in-house teams. In 2009 he adopted a virtual business model, drawing on the skills of a core group of senior in-house marketing and account service specialists and a large group of leading freelance creatives. Virtual Ad Agency has gone from strength to strength, growing its client base exponentially. Using a system that is completely accountable for response driven advertising, VAA quickly became SALMAT SA's largest letterbox customer/broker, and also applied the methodology to activity in other media including television, radio, print and digital media. Today, VAA has customers in every Australian state and territory. More than 80 per cent of its business is provided to companies outside of SA, including advertising strategy, marketing, creative, production and media buying services.

Our success has come through having the freedom and flexibility to always apply the best people and right thinking to every project and not confine ourselves to one market.
John Curnow, Managing Director/Owner

Virtual Ad Agency
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2014 Telstra
Tasmanian Micro Business Award

Handbuilt Creative

Our passion for translating complexity into simplicity and creating a beautiful user experience has gained us a powerful reputation which has secured us business and referrals.

Handbuilt Creative

After being made redundant, David Shering decided to take a chance and launch his own full-service creative agency. Launched in 2009, Handbuilt Creative specialises in web development, creative design, brand management and integrated marketing including advertising, e-mail and social media marketing. The company also provides consultancy in digital strategy and business development. Based in Richmond, Handbuilt Creative aims to change the perception of regional micro-business by working with global and national organisations such as Challenger and the ACT Government. To improve the company’s services, David created two software systems that streamline the development of complex and inexpensive websites. With these tools, the company has doubled revenue in the past three years. Handbuilt Creative scooped top honours at the Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards and has won an international Webby Honoree Award for the development of a national youth website called Tune In Not Out.

Our passion for translating complexity into simplicity and creating a beautiful user experience has gained us a powerful reputation which has secured us business and referrals.
David Shering, Director

Handbuilt Creative
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2014 Telstra
Northern Territory Micro Business Award

ServiceM8

Small business wants assistance in getting things done, preferably in the background, without fuss and right the first time. We started ServiceM8 to be that assistant.

ServiceM8

Following a successful corporate career, Kim Ford decided to use his skills and experience to help small businesses enhance their performance. During his research of the sector, he had an idea for the development of a software platform that could help small business operators manage their workflow. In 2010, Kim encouraged his son Ben to leave his successful career as a software engineer in Melbourne to return home and help him deliver his vision for ServiceM8. For the next 12 months, the father-son team worked on building and testing the platform and a complementary iPhone/iPad app, before releasing it to the market in July 2011. The cloud-based platform manages all facets of a field service delivery business - from a client's first call through to quoting, job management, invoicing and payment - and integrates with MYOB and Xero accounting software. In 2012, Kim launched a partner program to extend the family.

Small business wants assistance in getting things done, preferably in the background, without fuss and right the first time. We started ServiceM8 to be that assistant.
Kim Ford, CEO

ServiceM8
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2014 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Micro Business Award

Solace Creations

I am very passionate about energy efficient and sustainable housing, and I share this passion with my clients, builders and architects so they develop confidence in my unique approach.

Solace Creations

As part owner in a building company, Karen Porter was interested in energy efficient homes. When she failed to source energy efficient windows and doors locally, she recognised an opportunity to fill a void in the Canberra market. In 2011, she launched Solace Creations, a company designed to improve the insulation of homes and save clients money on their cooling and heating costs. Solace Creations’ services include more than just the sale of double glazed windows and doors - they provide complementary consultations, an installation service, workshops on energy efficiency options and an advisory service to architects and builders. In just three years, Karen has grown turnover six-fold and increased her number of suppliers from one to four. In recognition of her innovative and successful business, Karen won the 2008 Housing Industry Association’s Business Partner of the Year Award.

I am very passionate about energy efficient and sustainable housing, and I share this passion with my clients, builders and architects so they develop confidence in my unique approach.
Karen Porter, Chief Executive Officer

Solace Creations
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2014 Telstra
New South Wales Micro Business Award

Bondi Chai

Keep your eye on the big picture! Even setbacks that cost lots of money give you experience and expertise which, if used properly, are invariably worth much more.

Bondi Chai

Martin Buggy and Melissa Edyvean discovered the chai latte phenomenon while visiting New York for the new millennium celebrations. They were convinced that chai latte would be huge and set about creating their own uniquely milk-soluble pre-mix – defying expert reservations about dissolving powders in milk. They launched Bondi Chai Latte in 2005 and today it is its most awarded product, selling in cafes and supermarkets around Australia and exporting to India, Holland and many other countries. Having defined their ideal lifestyle, they moulded a business model around it and manage their outsourced manufacturing, packaging, warehousing and distribution systems from a home office in Port Stephens, almost entirely over the internet. The business has achieved annual global sales approaching $2 million, with 3.5 full-time equivalent employees and zero debt. As of February 2014, someone, somewhere in Australia, orders a Bondi Chai Latte every three seconds.

Keep your eye on the big picture! Even setbacks that cost lots of money give you experience and expertise which, if used properly, are invariably worth much more.
Martin Buggy, Director

Bondi Chai
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2014 Telstra
Victorian Micro Business Award

URBAN ESCAPE

A core value at URBAN ESCAPE is that the superstar is the person in the chair not behind it!

URBAN ESCAPE

URBAN ESCAPE is more than just a hair salon. It’s a high-end, holistically focused hair and wellness retreat. It took owner Craig Withers four years to realise his dream salon which is built from renewable resources and recycled materials. It also uses products free of synthetic ingredients or petrochemicals. In 2011, URBAN ESCAPE was awarded the International Green Salon of the Year. Craig’s overall objective has been to create an environment of mental, physical and emotional wellbeing for both clients and staff. In the future, team members will be offered the opportunity to open their own businesses under the URBAN ESCAPE umbrella. Craig sees this as a way of encouraging the continued success of the brand and the individual, through growing together, not apart. In May 2014, URBAN ESCAPE was named national winner of the 2014 Australian Achiever Award for Australia’s Hairdressing Services.

 

A core value at URBAN ESCAPE is that the superstar is the person in the chair not behind it!
Craig Withers, Founder/Director

URBAN ESCAPE
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2014 Telstra
New South Wales Micro Business Award

Bondi Chai

Bondi Chai

Martin Buggy and Melissa Edyvean discovered the chai latte phenomenon while visiting New York for the new millennium celebrations.  They were convinced that chai latte would be huge and set about creating their own uniquely milk-soluble pre-mix – defying expert reservations about dissolving powders in milk. They launched Bondi Chai Latte in 2005 and today it is its most awarded product, selling in cafes and supermarkets around Australia and exporting to India, Holland and many other countries. Having defined their ideal lifestyle, they moulded a business model around it and manage their outsourced manufacturing, packaging, warehousing and distribution systems from a home office in Port Stephens, almost entirely over the internet. The business has achieved annual global sales approaching $2 million, with 3.5 full-time equivalent employees and zero debt. As of February 2014, someone, somewhere in Australia, orders a Bondi Chai Latte every three seconds.

Keep your eye on the big picture! Even setbacks that cost lots of money give you experience and expertise which, if used properly, are invariably worth much more.’

Martin Buggy
Director

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2014 Telstra
Tasmanian Small Business Award

Lark Distillery

Like many of Tasmania's other premium food and beverage businesses, our success stems from small-scale production of high-quality, high-value products.

Lark Distillery

Recognising Tasmania is blessed with an abundance of rich barley fields, highland peat bogs and the perfect climate to produce malt whisky, Bill and Lyn Lark launched a boutique distillery in 1992. Lark Distillery was the first licensed distillery to open in Tasmania since 1839. It had humble beginnings in Kingston before opening a cellar door in Hobart, followed by a second distillery, a bond store and brew house now located in the Coal River Valley. Lark Distillery was one of the first companies to export Australian malt whisky into the US. Its product has won a host of prestigious awards including the Gold Medal Whisky of the Year at the 2011 International Whisky Competition in Chicago. The distillery now employs 18 full-time staff and has expanded, acquiring Overeem Whisky. It has added vodka, gin, rum and liqueurs to its product line and offers tours of its Coal River Valley production site.

Like many of Tasmania's other premium food and beverage businesses, our success stems from small-scale production of high-quality, high-value products.
Bill Lark, Founder

Lark Distillery
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2014 Telstra
South Australian Small Business Award

Clare Valley Motel

We want to be an integral part of the tourism experience for our guests; with outdoor seating overlooking the picturesque valley we strive to be so much more than just a motel.

Clare Valley Motel

After honing their expertise in hospitality, for an international hotel chain and retail for more than 20 years, Lee and Jan Stokes recognised the untapped potential of the Clare Valley Motel. Built in the 1970s, the facility was in need of some love and attention. Lee and Jan purchased the motel four years ago and stylishly renovated each room, adding an outdoor restaurant, Breezes, and guest lounge to boost ambiance. Set over 10 hectares overlooking the valley, the facility also features a helicopter landing area, private walking trail and the Top of the Hill restaurant which offers modern Australian cuisine matched with Clare Valley wines. Despite a tough tourism market hampered by the high Australian dollar, the pair increased occupancy rates from below 50 per cent to well over 60 per cent. The motel won silver medals in the SA Tourism Awards in 2012 and 2013.

We want to be an integral part of the tourism experience for our guests; with outdoor seating overlooking the picturesque valley we strive to be so much more than just a motel.
Jan Stokes Director

Clare Valley Motel
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2014 Telstra
Northern Territory Small Business Award

U B COOL PTY LTD

Good enough isn't good enough for us. We always deliver quality that adds value to all involved for the long term.

U B COOL PTY LTD

Steve Johnstone came to Darwin in 2008 during a three-month holiday. He fell in love with the Top End and ditched his plan to return to Brisbane, instead starting up air conditioning business U B Cool PTY LTD. Starting out of a storage shed as an independent operator, Steve was determined to improve existing standards of workmanship and customer service. With his partner Eyve running the administration, Steve focused on growing U B Cool PTY LTD as a supplier and installer of split system air conditioning units for residential development projects and domestic customers. Today, the business has an office, display room and warehouse, and a fleet of mobile service vehicles. Steve overcame a lack of qualified tradesmen by training and retaining his own team of 11 tradies.He says he reads U B Cool PTY LTD’s culture statement, which emphasises company values of quality, teamwork, customer service and innovation, before each meeting or major decision.

Good enough isn't good enough for us. We always deliver quality that adds value to all involved for the long term.
Steve Johnstone, Director

U B COOL PTY LTD
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2014 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Small Business Award

Today's Homes

What sets us apart from other builders is our market leading process we call BuildCare which transparently guides our client through every stage of creating their home, at a pace that suits them. A custom home, delivered with a custom experience.

Today's Homes

Today's Homes began in 2001 as a joint venture between father and son Peter and Brendan McCoullough. Brendan was an expert in completing difficult construction projects on time and on budget and Peter brought 35 years’ experience in the building and real estate industries to the table. The partnership proved a natural fit combining youth, enthusiasm, wisdom and a passion for superior quality and excellence. The Canberra business is a one-stop-shop for custom design and construction for residential home-builders. Today’s Homes offer a design service which involves liaising with a qualified architect, interior decorator, estimator, construction manager and project coordinator. Brendan says their proudest achievements to date include being named the Housing Industry of Australia’s Professional Small-Medium Builder of the Year for the ACT and Southern NSW region from 2008 to 2013 and winning the same category nationally in 2009, 2012 and 2013. Today’s Homes now has an accomplished team of 16 employees.

What sets us apart from other builders is our market leading process we call BuildCare which transparently guides our client through every stage of creating their home, at a pace that suits them. A custom home, delivered with a custom experience.
Brendan McCoullough, Director

Today's Homes
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2014 Telstra
New South Wales Small Business Award

Elevate Education Pty Ltd

It took three to four years to begin to earn salaries equal to the jobs we had given up. But we had a vision for the company, believed in it and persisted.

Elevate Education Pty Ltd

Like many students, Douglas Barton found himself adrift in his first year of university. Despite doing well in the HSC, he realised he didn’t know how to study. The idea for Elevate Education Pty Ltd evolved from there. Funded by credit cards, Douglas started the business in 2001 with two friends from high school, Edward Seung and Dorjee Sun. Today, Elevate Education develops and facilitates study skill workshops in more than 800 high schools across Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, in order to improve school and student performance. Seminars are run by presenters with an average age of 21, which gives them credibility with students and increases their level of engagement. Elevate Education Pty Ltd enjoys an annual client retention rate of approximately 90 per cent, with around 175,000 students a year rating the seminars as time well spent and recommending them to their peers.

It took three to four years to begin to earn salaries equal to the jobs we had given up. But we had a vision for the company, believed in it and persisted.
Douglas Barton, Chairman

Elevate Education Pty Ltd
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2014 Telstra
Victorian Small Business Award

NSR Australia

By putting in the hard work to create relationships with thousands of coaches in the US, NSR Australia provides a service that is like no other.

NSR Australia

Sports scouting agency NSR Soccer Australia was created in June 2006 by Managing Director Marco Maisano. As a former professional soccer player, Marco naturally began where his strongest knowledge lay, the recruitment and promotion of soccer players. In 2013 NSR expanded to include golf and basketball and soon NSR Australia was born, covering all sports throughout Australia and New Zealand. NSR Australia specialises in recruiting student athletes and promoting them to American Colleges. There are very few pathways in Australia and New Zealand for athletes to reach their potential. Each year, the business calls more than 4,500 US coaches to find out what type of athletes they are looking to recruit and what the landscape of their upcoming season looks like. Sport is deeply ingrained in the US college system and NSR Australia seeks opportunities for student athletes who have a strong work ethic and the right attitude.

By putting in the hard work to create relationships with thousands of coaches in the US, NSR Australia provides a service that is like no other.
Marco Maisano, Managing Director

NSR Australia
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2014 Telstra
Queensland Small Business Award

Carbon Media

We’re passionate about sharing culture, identity and diversity so all Australians can share in the pride of the world's oldest living culture.

Carbon Media

Becoming the first Australian company commissioned by Sesame Street to produce a film for its letters and numbers segment was a feat– and a door-opener – for Carbon Media. Its mixed-media film, titled Five Kangaroos and starring singer Jessica Mauboy, was aired on the iconic children’s show early in 2014. For Carbon Media, a full-service media production company launched in 2006 by Wayne Denning, 2013 was a year of significant growth. It was one of four recipients of the Screen Australian Enterprise Funding program and also produced the children’s TV program Handball Heroes which aired on ABC3. The Indigenous-owned, Fortitude Valley-based company, which develops content for TV, radio, websites, mobile applications and public awareness campaigns, expects 2014 to be another growth year. After attending New York’s annual Kidscreen Summit, Wayne says Carbon Media is looking to cement partnerships with international broadcasters in the kids’ entertainment industry and start development on some more kids programs.

We’re passionate about sharing culture, identity and diversity so all Australians can share in the pride of the world's oldest living culture.
Wayne Denning, Managing Director

Carbon Media
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2014 Telstra
Queensland Start-up Award

Cornerstone Recruitment

There’s much more to successful recruitment than simply matching skills and experience - we focus on location, team fit, culture, community, career progression and personal needs.

Cornerstone Recruitment

After a successful career in medical recruitment, Samantha Miklos decided 2012 was the year to strike out on her own. The former occupational therapist created Cornerstone Recruitment to meet the increasing demand for qualified, high calibre general practice, nursing and allied health staff. Starting in a spare room at home, within three months Samantha had acquired office space and in the first year she’d employed four recruitment consultants. She says her Fortitude Valley business offers genuine, honest and high calibre recruitment services, and her team work hard to make a lasting match for client and candidate. Cornerstone has grown to eight full-time staff and enjoys financial stability. While many competitors focus on day-to-day bookings or short-term locums, Samantha says continuity of patient care is essential and communities need more long-term solutions. For that reason Cornerstone only recruits for contracts of more than 12 weeks and permanent roles.

There’s much more to successful recruitment than simply matching skills and experience - we focus on location, team fit, culture, community, career progression and personal needs.
Samantha Miklos, Director

Cornerstone Recruitment
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2014 Telstra
Northern Territory Start-up Award

Country Wellness Pharmacy

We’re proud to say that Save Mart Pharmacy is independently owned and 100 per cent Territory focused. Our aim is to be at the forefront of healthcare innovation in the Territory.

Country Wellness Pharmacy

A vision to transform the traditional pharmacy model brought a group of passionate pharmacists together in Darwin. Starting out in 2012, Country Wellness Pharmacy established Save Mart Pharmacy in the Winnellie Shopping Centre. The business has now grown to five full time staff. With a focus on personalised local service, they’ve merged traditional medication dispensing with holistic health services, such as counselling and education seminars. At the heart of the business is a desire to seek innovation in health care services. Pioneering 24/7 on-call pharmacist and state-of-the-art online medical consultations, they’ve improved services to remote and incapacitated patients. In 2014, Country Wellness Pharmacy launched a web-based medication management system for an aged care facility, to deliver improvements in medication administration for elderly patients. The business has expanded into offering integrated medical and pharmacy solutions to Indigenous not-for-profit organisations, oil and gas companies, shipping companies and marine vessels.

We’re proud to say that Save Mart Pharmacy is independently owned and 100 per cent Territory focused. Our aim is to be at the forefront of healthcare innovation in the Territory.
Boon Wai Lim, Managing Director

Country Wellness Pharmacy
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2014 Telstra
Tasmanian Start-up Award

Your Path to Health

Moving away from the gym environment, we provide exercise, rehabilitation, health, nutrition and psychological advice to help achieve health and wellness goals for our clients.

Your Path to Health

Recognising a lack of exercise-based support for those suffering from obesity and chronic health issues, Jessica Webb set about providing a friendly and supportive exercise experience. Launched in Mornington in 2011 but now based in Rosny Park, Your Path to Health provides a comfortable environment for clients to improve their quality of life. Moving away from the stereotypical gym environment, Your Path to Health provides private and group exercise training which includes over 50’s circuits, pilates and boxing. The gym also offers lifestyle modification programs, motor accident rehabilitation and psychological advice. Starting as a sole trader, Jessica has managed to grow her turnover four-fold and has taken on two exercise physiologists, a pilates instructor and four receptionists. She is also in the process of employing a dietician. Your Path to Health is committed to supporting their clients through a holistic, evidence-based approach.

Moving away from the gym environment, we provide exercise, rehabilitation, health, nutrition and psychological advice to help achieve health and wellness goals for our clients.
Jessica Webb, Owner

Your Path to Health
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2014 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Start-up Award

Cogito Group

We aim to stay at the forefront of new technology to assist our customers in developing more efficient, effective and secure services.

Cogito Group

While working as a digital security contractor for the Department of Defence, Richard Brown recognised a serious under investment in digital encryption technology. In 2011, he launched Hawker-based Cogito Group, a business designed to provide digital security solutions for public and private sector organisations. Specialising in ‘Public Key Infrastructure’, Cogito Group delivers authentication programs for applications, the Internet and employees’ smartphones and iPads. It also provides data integrity services to ensure information cannot be hacked without detection and encryption, to prevent attackers deciphering information they illegally access. In 2013, Richard also signed up to a number of reseller agreements that enabled Cogito Group to start supplying hardware and software. In just three years, Cogito Group has grown to a staff of 10. Richard believes in profit sharing and a flat management structure to foster a culture of excellence and hard work to achieve personal and team goals.

We aim to stay at the forefront of new technology to assist our customers in developing more efficient, effective and secure services.
Richard Brown, Managing Director

Cogito Group
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2014 Telstra
New South Wales Start-up Award

Paws for Life

We aspire to be among the top three pet firms in Australia and among the top 20 e-commerce firms in the world … the e-commerce model in Australia ultimately needs to be competitive on a global stage.

Paws for Life

Mike Frizell had always wanted to start his own company. The idea for Paws for Life came to him when he noticed his parents were only purchasing four kilogram bags of dog food because they couldn't lug the larger bags home. Mike diligently researched the market to discover that not only is the pet industry growing year after year, it hasn't experienced a declining year. Establishing trust with suppliers and customers took patience. There was a belief that e-commerce wouldn't work: items are bulky and margins are low. The company needed to create a smart logistics chain that was profitable. Since its inception in 2011, Paws for Life has grown from two to 18 full-time employees; from less than $2,000 revenue in year one, to more than $10 million annual turnover in 2013. By the end of 2014, they will offer close to 10,000 products.

 

We aspire to be among the top three pet firms in Australia and among the top 20 e-commerce firms in the world … the e-commerce model in Australia ultimately needs to be competitive on a global stage.
Mike Frizell, Chief Executive Officer

Paws for Life
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2014 Telstra
Victorian Start-up Award

Crisp Creative Salad

Our product is unique, fresh, healthy, affordable and demand driven. Our staff are dedicated to providing customers with their individual requirements and we make awesome salads.

Crisp Creative Salad

Husband and wife team, Shey Newitt and Ted Tolfree, saw an opportunity in the many young professionals working in Melbourne’s CBD who were interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The couple believed there was a niche market in affordable, quality and healthy fast food prepared at the point of order. They ploughed their life savings, along with a bank loan, into sourcing the best professional support – designers, architects, accountants, chef – and Crisp Creative Salad started trading in April 2013. Now operating in two prime CBD locations, the shops sell fresh, locally sourced, healthy, nutritious ingredients prepared according to each customer’s individual taste. They sold 120 salads in their first shop on their opening day and now average more than 300 salads daily. Staff have increased from four to 31 in less than a year and plans are already underway to open more shops.

Our product is unique, fresh, healthy, affordable and demand driven. Our staff are dedicated to providing customers with their individual requirements and we make awesome salads.
Ted Tolfree, Director

Crisp Creative Salad
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2014 Telstra
South Australian Medium Business Award

REDARC

Being a technology focused business, our entire model is based on innovation – we put technological development at the forefront of everything we do.

REDARC

Working with his grandfather in a garage in the Flinders Ranges during his holidays instilled a sense of entrepreneurship in Anthony Kittel. After completing an MBA, Anthony was promoted to General Manager at ROH Wheels but was keen for more independence. When the opportunity to buy a small, struggling electronics business arose in 1997, he pounced. Investing in research and development, REDARC has developed a range of electronic accessories, power sources and battery management systems to make camping and touring safer. With a number of patents, core products include battery charging, portable solar, electronic safety and control systems and voltage converters. Based in Lonsdale, its products are used in the 4x4, mining, industrial, agriculture, marine and commercial trucking industries and by roadside assistance bodies and emergency services. Key clients include Volvo and Club Assist and its customer base extends to New Zealand, France and North America.

 

Being a technology focused business, our entire model is based on innovation – we put technological development at the forefront of everything we do.
Anthony Kittel, Owner

REDARC
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2014 Telstra
Queensland Medium Business Award

Trailers 2000 Pty Ltd

We are the only national supplier of trailers and we’re determined to continue to innovate, improve and lead our industry.

Trailers 2000 Pty Ltd

A family business that began in 1993, Trailers 2000 is now the largest Australian trailer manufacturer of superior quality, fully galvanised trailers and accessories, and processors of rolled formed steel. Stuart and Jenny Daniels started their business, assisted by a government New Enterprise Incentive Scheme grant. The Beerwah business built a reputation for consistent quality and competitive pricing by designing new technology, including high-speed manufacturing processes, state-of-the-art automatic machining and computerised fabrication. Now employing 40 people, its range is available throughout Australia, successfully competing against Chinese imports. Trailers 2000 has developed a ‘rent then buy’ facility for new customers and is the only trailer retailer to offer 24/7 roadside assistance and an extensive safety education program. The owners involve all staff in business development and encourage new ideas. Their interest in staff and their families has stretched to assisting in the purchases of first cars and first homes.

We are the only national supplier of trailers and we’re determined to continue to innovate, improve and lead our industry.
Stuart Daniels, CEO

Trailers 2000 Pty Ltd
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2014 Telstra
Tasmanian Medium Business Award

Stornoway

Stornoway has developed technical expertise in regional road and water infrastructure, delivering asset management, operations and routine maintenance services under long-term contracts across Australia and South East Asia.

Stornoway

Stornoway’s history in Tasmania goes back to 1976 when Alan Gardner established a quarrying business following a downturn in the dairy industry. Stornoway is now operating nationally, developing, managing and maintaining civil assets including road and water infrastructure. The company supplies a diversified range of quarry products to sites around Tasmania. Stornoway works with industrial, commercial and government customers in Australia and South East Asia and is the sole supplier of long-term road network maintenance services to the Tasmanian State Government. It also has water operations contracts with customers including the Australian Defence Force and Fortescue Metals Group. Today, Stornoway is owned and managed by Alan’s son, Tim and in the past five years, revenue has tripled and staff numbers have grown from 45 to 110. Last year, Stornoway was named the Launceston Chamber of Commerce CGU Business of the Year.

Stornoway has developed technical expertise in regional road and water infrastructure, delivering asset management, operations and routine maintenance services under long-term contracts across Australia and South East Asia.
Tim Gardner, Managing Director

Stornoway
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2014 Telstra
Northern Territory Medium Business Award

Killarney Homes

Our commitment is to build cool, comfortable homes appropriate to the tropics with a high quality finish on budget and on time.

Killarney Homes

A commitment to build eco-efficient housing for the Territories’ tropical climate has seen a business established by brothers Michael and Damien Moriarty rapidly gain strong market share and a haul of industry awards. In little under nine years Killarney Homes - funded by the duo’s combined life savings - has captured more than nine per cent of the residential housing market in Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield. Damien says Killarney Homes’ success lies with its leadership in building energy and resource efficient homes and its emphasis on establishing trusting relationship with its customers. Until last year, growth was organic but it has since received a boost from a strategic three year plan. The company, which builds off-the-shelf and custom designed homes, has won more than 60 industry awards and was the first Northern Territory builder to become a finalist in the Display Home Category of the Australian Greensmart Awards.

Our commitment is to build cool, comfortable homes appropriate to the tropics with a high quality finish on budget and on time.
Damien Moriarty, Chief Executive

Killarney Homes
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2014 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Medium Business Award

Intelledox

Intelledox continues to win business worldwide and we are currently working with an Australian Government agency to deliver the largest Infiniti project ever.

Intelledox

In the 1990s, long before Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey glamorised technology, Phillip Williamson and Michelle Melbourne had a passion for helping government and businesses improve productivity with smart IT solutions. Their consulting service evolved into a software company and Fyshwick-based Intelledox was launched in 2001. Its flagship product, Infiniti, has been designed to digitise manual, paper-based processes by collecting and transforming data to produce tailored statements, contracts and regulatory documents for public and private sectors. The company’s software has proved to be a more elegant solution than its competitors and it now competes on the world stage, with offices in Singapore, New York, London and Toronto. In 2013, Infiniti was named on Anthill Magazine's Smart 100 list, which recognises Australian innovation successes. Intelledox was also named a BRW Fast 100 Company in 2010 and 2011 and has been awarded ACT Exporter of the Year three times.

Intelledox continues to win business worldwide and we are currently working with an Australian Government agency to deliver the largest Infiniti project ever.
Phillip Williamson, Chief Executive Officer

Intelledox
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2014 Telstra
New South Wales Medium Business Award

Booktopia

Growth must be tempered by sustainable and similar levels of customer service. We need to ensure that Booktopia grows but not at the expense of losing customers along the way.

Booktopia

Booktopia started in February 2004 on a $10 per day budget as a small side project for a web marketing consultancy. Four years later the consultancy was forced to wind down as the book business grew so rapidly. Today Booktopia sells one book every 10 seconds. Voted Australia’s Favourite Bookshop in 2013, they ship more than 2.2 million books, eBooks, DVDs, Audio books and magazines per year and have just moved to a 10,000 square metre headquarters and distribution centre in Homebush. Booktopia has never relied on external investment, reinvesting everything they sold back into the business. They have become experts in email marketing and social media; hiring good quality people and building a 12-person call centre. Booktopia meets with suppliers regularly to negotiate the very best discounts so they can remain competitive in the global online retail landscape.

Growth must be tempered by sustainable and similar levels of customer service. We need to ensure that Booktopia grows but not at the expense of losing customers along the way.
Tony Nash, Chief Executive Officer

Booktopia
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2014 Telstra
Victorian Medium Business Award

Smile Solutions

I am totally committed to building ‘the dental practice of dreams’, a practice beyond the imagination of our patients, clinicians and management staff – and myself.

Smile Solutions

Dr Kia Pajouhesh is a dentist on a mission. Refusing to accept the traditional dental practice paradigm, he has engineered the ideal model to nurture both patients and clinicians, with astounding success. His practice, Smile Solutions, has grown from just eight patients in 1995 to more than 65,000 patients, today generating a net annual turnover of more than $18 million. His clinical team, collaborating under one roof in Melbourne’s iconic Manchester Unity Building, comprises 16 Board-registered specialists, 20 general dentists and 10 hygienists/therapists, supported by 45 management/ nursing staff. Smile Solutions provides, within a single superb location, the full spectrum of multidisciplinary care. Seamless referrals from one Smile Solutions practitioner to another, each an expert in their own field, ensures optimum service for all dental needs.

I am totally committed to building ‘the dental practice of dreams’, a practice beyond the imagination of our patients, clinicians and management staff – and myself.
Dr Kia Pajouhesh, Managing Director

Smile Solutions
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2014 Telstra
Tasmanian Medium Business Award

Stornoway

Stornoway has developed technical expertise in regional road and water infrastructure, delivering asset management, operations and routine maintenance services under long-term contracts across Australia and South East Asia.

Stornoway

Stornoway’s history in Tasmania goes back to 1976 when Alan Gardner established a quarrying business following a downturn in the dairy industry. Stornoway is now operating nationally, developing, managing and maintaining civil assets including road and water infrastructure. The company supplies a diversified range of quarry products to sites around Tasmania.  Stornoway works with industrial, commercial and government customers in Australia and South East Asia and is the sole supplier of long-term road network maintenance services to the Tasmanian State Government. It also has water operations contracts with customers including the Australian Defence Force and Fortescue Metals Group. Today, Stornoway is owned and managed by Alan’s son, Tim and in the past five years, revenue has tripled and staff numbers have grown from 45 to 110. Last year, Stornoway was named the Launceston Chamber of Commerce CGU Business of the Year.

Stornoway has developed technical expertise in regional road and water infrastructure, delivering asset management, operations and routine maintenance services under long-term contracts across Australia and South East Asia.
Tim Gardner, Managing Director

Stornoway
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2014 Telstra
Queensland Medium Business Award

Trailers 2000 Pty Ltd

We are the only national supplier of trailers and we’re determined to continue to innovate, improve and lead our industry.

Trailers 2000 Pty Ltd

A family business that began in 1993, Trailers 2000 is now the largest Australian trailer manufacturer of superior quality, fully galvanised trailers and accessories, and processors of rolled formed steel. Stuart and Jenny Daniels started their business, assisted by a government New Enterprise Incentive Scheme grant. The Beerwah business built a reputation for consistent quality and competitive pricing by designing new technology, including high-speed manufacturing processes, state-of-the-art automatic machining and computerised fabrication. Now employing 40 people, its range is available throughout Australia, successfully competing against Chinese imports. Trailers 2000 has developed a ‘rent then buy’ facility for new customers and is the only trailer retailer to offer 24/7 roadside assistance and an extensive safety education program. The owners involve all staff in business development and encourage new ideas. Their interest in staff and their families has stretched to assisting in the purchases of first cars and first homes.

We are the only national supplier of trailers and we’re determined to continue to innovate, improve and lead our industry.
Stuart Daniels, CEO

Trailers 2000 Pty Ltd
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2014 Telstra
Queensland Regional Business Award

Trailers 2000 Pty Ltd

We are the only national supplier of trailers and we’re determined to continue to innovate, improve and lead our industry.

Trailers 2000 Pty Ltd

A family business that began in 1993, Trailers 2000 is now the largest Australian trailer manufacturer of superior quality, fully galvanised trailers and accessories, and processors of rolled formed steel. Stuart and Jenny Daniels started their business, assisted by a government New Enterprise Incentive Scheme grant. The Beerwah business built a reputation for consistent quality and competitive pricing by designing new technology, including high-speed manufacturing processes, state-of-the-art automatic machining and computerised fabrication. Now employing 40 people, its range is available throughout Australia, successfully competing against Chinese imports. Trailers 2000 has developed a ‘rent then buy’ facility for new customers and is the only trailer retailer to offer 24/7 roadside assistance and an extensive safety education program. The owners involve all staff in business development and encourage new ideas. Their interest in staff and their families has stretched to assisting in the purchases of first cars and first homes.

We are the only national supplier of trailers and we’re determined to continue to innovate, improve and lead our industry.
Stuart Daniels, CEO

Trailers 2000 Pty Ltd
Nominate a Brilliant Business

2014 Telstra
South Australian Regional Business Award

Bowhill Engineering

To succeed in our niche of working on larger components for smaller projects, we have invested in facilities that are rare for a fabricator of our size, meaning we can lower overheads and provide great value for money.

Bowhill Engineering

Farmers Brendon and Averil Hawkes started Bowhill Engineering as a rural machinery maintenance and repair workshop in the 1970s. The family-owned business has evolved into a multi-million dollar specialist fabricator of heavy and complex structural steel. Now headed by Jeremy and Jodie Hawkes, it specialises in large components for small projects, including road and pedestrian bridges, locks and weirs. The company uses state-of-the-art technology, including 3D simulation, to test its techniques - enabling delivery of effective solutions to complex problems. It invested in a giant blast-shop allowing staff to prepare and paint modules before they’re delivered to work sites, saving clients time and money. With 25 staff and clients across Australia, the company last year won an ACT Master Builders Award for a pedestrian-cycleway bridge in Canberra. Bowhill Engineering donated labour for a massive cradle to transport the world’s oldest clipper ship, the City of Adelaide, from Scotland.

To succeed in our niche of working on larger components for smaller projects, we have invested in facilities that are rare for a fabricator of our size, meaning we can lower overheads and provide great value for money.
Jeremy Hawkes, Managing Director

Bowhill Engineering
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2014 Telstra
Tasmanian Regional Business Award

Stornoway

Stornoway has developed technical expertise in regional road and water infrastructure, delivering asset management, operations and routine maintenance services under long-term contracts across Australia and South East Asia.

Stornoway

Stornoway’s history in Tasmania goes back to 1976 when Alan Gardner established a quarrying business following a downturn in the dairy industry. Stornoway is now operating nationally, developing, managing and maintaining civil assets including road and water infrastructure. The company supplies a diversified range of quarry products to sites around Tasmania. Stornoway works with industrial, commercial and government customers in Australia and South East Asia and is the sole supplier of long-term road network maintenance services to the Tasmanian State Government. It also has water operations contracts with customers including the Australian Defence Force and Fortescue Metals Group. Today, Stornoway is owned and managed by Alan’s son, Tim and in the past five years, revenue has tripled and staff numbers have grown from 45 to 110. Last year, Stornoway was named the Launceston Chamber of Commerce CGU Business of the Year.

Stornoway has developed technical expertise in regional road and water infrastructure, delivering asset management, operations and routine maintenance services under long-term contracts across Australia and South East Asia.
Tim Gardner, Managing Director

Stornoway
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2014 Telstra
Northern Territory Regional Business Award

Power Projects NT

Our business strives to lift standards in our community and has demonstrated significant improvement in quality, safety and environmental responsibility.

Power Projects NT

While it has not always been plain sailing, John Leo’s Power Projects NT has emerged as one of the Territory’s leading electrical maintenance and service providers. Established with 10 employees in the late 1980s, the company was forced into receivership, and, immediately after, hit by the 1998 Katherine Floods. But John says with adversity came opportunity. By working tirelessly to provide power for the Katherine community during that time enabled the company to trade out of its financial woes and build a stronger entity for the future. Today, John employs more than 50 people to provide maintenance and installation of power lines, electricity, refrigeration and air-conditioning, housing maintenance and essential services in Katherine and surrounding remote communities. Power Projects NT is a significant employer of Indigenous people from communities in which it operates. It’s also the first Katherine-based business to achieve a Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) certification.

Our business strives to lift standards in our community and has demonstrated significant improvement in quality, safety and environmental responsibility.
Andrew Harvey, General Manager

Power Projects NT
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2014 Telstra
New South Wales Regional Business Award

Stone & Wood Brewing Company

Our beers are an expression of the Stone & Wood approach to life - trying to take things slow and keeping it simple.

Stone & Wood Brewing Company

Stone & Wood Brewing Company was launched in 2008 to reflect the style of traditional village breweries in a contemporary business model. Its founders, three guys who’d left the corporate brewing industry, wanted to create a strong local brewery that would make the Northern Rivers proud and support the community that supports it. The owners say their greatest challenge has been trying to meet the insatiable demand for their flagship beer, Pacific Ale. After building a strong foundation in the first two years, the business turned over $500,000 in 2010. Every year since they’ve nearly doubled turnover and in 2014 they expect top line sales to exceed $12 million. With 24 employees, and after eight upgrades, they ran out of room at the Byron Bay brewery. In keeping with their brewed and bottled in the Northern Rivers slogan, they opened an additional and much larger brewery in Murwillumbah.

Our beers are an expression of the Stone & Wood approach to life - trying to take things slow and keeping it simple.
Jamie Cook, Director

Stone & Wood Brewing Company
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2014 Telstra
Victorian Regional Business Award

The Enchanted Adventure Garden

A customer-centric approach underpins our business values - in 2014, we're more responsive than ever, focusing on our people, policies and the quality of our tourism product.

The Enchanted Adventure Garden

When Sally and Michael Savage discovered 12 hectares of farmland for sale on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, they fell in love with it. Sally, a young doctor, and Michael, a builder, dreamed of building a garden, maze and tea house. In 2001, just four years after realising their dream, The Enchanted Adventure Garden was named 'Significant Regional Attraction' at the Victorian Tourism Awards. The park features the largest tube slide facility in Australia, as well as a thrilling 3D indoor maze, and in 2012 they opened their first tree surfing course. This latest exciting innovation saw a growth in visitation of 92 per cent, and a staggering 385 per cent increase in annual pass sales, winning them a Silver Medal at the 2013 National Tourism Awards. Seasonality is a major challenge for all tourism businesses, and Enchanted Adventure Garden has overcome this by constantly adapting to changing customer needs.

 

A customer-centric approach underpins our business values - in 2014, we're more responsive than ever, focusing on our people, policies and the quality of our tourism product.
Michael Savage, Owner

The Enchanted Adventure Garden
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2014 Telstra
Tasmanian Regional Business Award

Stornoway

Stornoway has developed technical expertise in regional road and water infrastructure, delivering asset management, operations and routine maintenance services under long-term contracts across Australia and South East Asia.

Stornoway

Stornoway’s history in Tasmania goes back to 1976 when Alan Gardner established a quarrying business following a downturn in the dairy industry. Stornoway is now operating nationally, developing, managing and maintaining civil assets including road and water infrastructure. The company supplies a diversified range of quarry products to sites around Tasmania.  Stornoway works with industrial, commercial and government customers in Australia and South East Asia and is the sole supplier of long-term road network maintenance services to the Tasmanian State Government. It also has water operations contracts with customers including the Australian Defence Force and Fortescue Metals Group. Today, Stornoway is owned and managed by Alan’s son, Tim and in the past five years, revenue has tripled and staff numbers have grown from 45 to 110. Last year, Stornoway was named the Launceston Chamber of Commerce CGU Business of the Year.

Stornoway has developed technical expertise in regional road and water infrastructure, delivering asset management, operations and routine maintenance services under long-term contracts across Australia and South East Asia.
Tim Gardner, Managing Director

Stornoway
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2014 Telstra
Queensland Regional Business Award

Trailers 2000 Pty Ltd

We are the only national supplier of trailers and we’re determined to continue to innovate, improve and lead our industry.

Trailers 2000 Pty Ltd

A family business that began in 1993, Trailers 2000 is now the largest Australian trailer manufacturer of superior quality, fully galvanised trailers and accessories, and processors of rolled formed steel. Stuart and Jenny Daniels started their business, assisted by a government New Enterprise Incentive Scheme grant. The Beerwah business built a reputation for consistent quality and competitive pricing by designing new technology, including high-speed manufacturing processes, state-of-the-art automatic machining and computerised fabrication. Now employing 40 people, its range is available throughout Australia, successfully competing against Chinese imports. Trailers 2000 has developed a ‘rent then buy’ facility for new customers and is the only trailer retailer to offer 24/7 roadside assistance and an extensive safety education program. The owners involve all staff in business development and encourage new ideas. Their interest in staff and their families has stretched to assisting in the purchases of first cars and first homes.

We are the only national supplier of trailers and we’re determined to continue to innovate, improve and lead our industry.
Stuart Daniels, CEO

Trailers 2000 Pty Ltd
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