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Winners

Celebrating Australia’s best businesses

Congratulations to all the Telstra Business Awards winners, who have been selected by our expert judging panel as the highest achieving businesses in their respective categories. We wish them all the best with their future success, and we can’t wait to see what they’ll achieve next.

National winner

stratsec

2010 Telstra Australian Business of the Year

"We remove the jargon that is so prevalent in cyber security and provide advice that helps business managers to make informed decisions." Peter Lilley, Chief Executive Officer

stratsec is an information security consulting, testing and research services business, established by Doug Stuart, Peter Lilley and Nick Ellsmore, to remove some of the mystery and 'doom and gloom' about IT security. Their fresh perspective focused on the business needs of ICT security rather than the technology based approach to which they had been accustomed.
ACT

National category winners

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2010 Telstra Australian Small Business Award
NT

City Ceramics

"Moving into the new premises was a maturing of our business and a step towards being an industry leader." Robert Sheppard, Managing Director

Investing in a purpose-built showroom to offer design professionals, tradespeople and retail customers a one-stop shop for ceramic tiles has significantly boosted sales turnover for City Ceramics of Winnellie. A marketing strategy of targeting developers, architects and designers with ease of product selection and extensive supply has won City Ceramics contracts for most of Darwin's new high-rise apartment complexes.

2010 Telstra Australian Regional Business Award
SA

Kelly Engineering

"Our background is farming so we have an excellent understanding of the reliable and versatile equipment that our farming customers need and expect." Shane Kelly, CEO

Kelly Engineering evolved from what was a sideline to farming 20 years ago, into a family-owned manufacturer and exporter of quality agricultural machinery. Located on the Kelly's farm near Booleroo Centre, the former machine-repairing hobby business now employs 38 staff with a turnover of $11m.

2010 Telstra Australian Social Responsibility Award
QLD

Northern Project Contracting

"NPC's staff retention rate is double the industry average for Indigenous workers which is testament to its strong focus on understanding Indigenous culture while being commercially viable." Derek Flucker, Director

Northern Project Contracting (NPC) is an Indigenous-owned company that started in North Queensland and specialises in contracting and training services for the mining and civil construction industries. NPC enables Indigenous communities to take part in wealth-generating activities on their traditional lands and now employs 100 people, 80 per cent of whom are Indigenous.

2010 Telstra Australian Innovation Award
NSW

Soprano Design

"Soprano automates complex and time-consuming business processes, improves staff efficiency and reduces business-operating costs by reducing the 'human latency' that causes business communication and process problems." Richard Favero, CEO

As the mobile phone messaging industry evolved in the 1990s, North Sydney software development company Soprano Design was in the vanguard of developing infrastructure that routes and delivers SMS and MMS messages. Soprano developed a string of innovative business applications that meet the mobile messaging needs of an entire enterprise.

2010 Telstra Australian Medium Business Award
ACT

stratsec

"We remove the jargon that is so prevalent in cyber security and provide advice that helps business managers to make informed decisions." Peter Lilley, Chief Executive Officer

stratsec is an information security consulting, testing and research services business, established by Doug Stuart, Peter Lilley and Nick Ellsmore, to remove some of the mystery and 'doom and gloom' about IT security. Their fresh perspective focused on the business needs of ICT security rather than the technology based approach to which they had been accustomed.

2010 Telstra Australian Micro Business Award
SA

teachers.on.net

"Our milestone of ten years as an operational website was important for us because the education community places a lot of value on stability and longevity." Melissa Boonzaayer, Director

When teachers.on.net was launched in 1999, it was a pioneer for internet based recruitment of teachers for Australian schools. teachers.on.net allows schools to advertise vacancies online and jobseekers to apply directly to the school. Operating initially as a start-up in a home office, the Eastwood business overcame hesitance by some schools to embrace the then unproven method of internet advertising.

Telstra Australian Alumni Achievement Award winner

Nexba Beverages

2015 Telstra Australian Micro Business Award

"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

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.
NSW

State winners

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Abacus ALS
2010 Telstra Medium Business Award
State Winner QLD

Abacus ALS

"It's difficult to differentiate on diagnostic products alone so we look towards service to outperform our competitors." Lisa Perkins, Marketing Manager

Abacus ALS distributes internationally manufactured products for critical care, allergy and auto-immunity, bone and mineral testing and blood banking. In 2006, Abacus won a tender to supply blood gas instrumentation to PathWest Laboratories in WA, a breakthrough for the company in the public pathology market.

Aqualogical Pty Ltd
2010 Telstra Small Business Award
QLD

Aqualogical Pty Ltd

"We believe our responsiveness in evaluating our clients' needs and our attention to detail in reviewing documentation is second to none." Anthony Freeman, Managing Director

Launched by two former workmates as a business serving small retail clients such as shopfitters and interior designers, Aqualogical's growth since mid-2006 has won it a role on major projects in south-east Queensland. The business provides advice on plumbing and fire protection services, design and documentation, certification and other skills.

ATS Australian Educational Group Pty Ltd
2010 Telstra Micro Business Award
VIC

ATS Australian Educational Group Pty Ltd

"Our passion it to make the student a life-long learner and fill any educational gaps they may have and advance their progress." Catherine Howe-Nitz, Co-Director

Tutoring students who fall below national literacy and numeracy benchmarks is a growing area of business for Essendon-based ATS Australian Educational Group, trading as Advanced Tutoring School (A.T.S). The business provides each student under tuition with an individual learning plan to help them succeed regardless of whether they receive one-on-one tutoring or attend the small group learning classes.

Calamvale Veterinary Clinic
2010 Telstra Micro Business Award
QLD

Calamvale Veterinary Clinic

"Veterinary care is a very personal service for family members." Dr Sophie Colonna, Owner

When the staff at Calamvale Veterinary Clinic on Brisbane's southside say they pride themselves on treating animals in their care as their own, they have good reason. Business owner Dr Sophie Colonna has nine pets and each member of her team has at least two animals at home.

Catnip Cattery
2010 Telstra Micro Business Award
TAS

Catnip Cattery

"Believe in your dream, monitor your progress and make improvements as you go." Lionel Brown, Director

Catnip Cattery was conceived when Lionel and Narelle Brown could not find suitable high-quality boarding accommodation in Tasmania for their cat family. Catnip Cattery has always priced its service significantly above the competition and introduced many extras such as playtime, local and imported treats, thermostat controlled heating, night lights and themed 'suites'.

City Ceramics
2010 Telstra Small Business Award
State Winner NT

City Ceramics

"Moving into the new premises was a maturing of our business and a step towards being an industry leader." Robert Sheppard, Managing Director

Investing in a purpose-built showroom to offer design professionals, tradespeople and retail customers a one-stop shop for ceramic tiles has significantly boosted sales turnover for City Ceramics of Winnellie. A marketing strategy of targeting developers, architects and designers with ease of product selection and extensive supply has won City Ceramics contracts for most of Darwin's new high-rise apartment complexes.

Ezypay Pty Ltd
2010 Telstra Medium Business Award
NSW

Ezypay Pty Ltd

"With a collection rate of more than 99 per cent, Ezypay supports businesses in the regulation of cash flow and the reduction of bad debts." Celeste Kirby-Brown, Sales and Marketing Director

George Holman was forever chasing payments, losing membership sales and suffering irregular cash flow at his Sydney gymnasium. After a hugely successful trial which increased his fitness club's membership base from 200 to 4000 in one year, George decided to start a direct debit business called Ezypay to provide an easier payment plan for members.

HG Fitness
2010 Telstra Innovation Award
NT

HG Fitness

"We are the only personal training business in Darwin and, I believe, the only one in Australia, offering a 'Pilates with Prams' program." Hollie Goodall, Owner

In 2006, HG Fitness owner and former professional triathlete Hollie Goodall developed a training program for new mothers seeking to regain fitness after pregnancy. She completed certificate training in pre and post-natal fitness and 'borrowed' the babies of friends to help her devise the 'Mums N Bubs Bootcamp' program, an outdoors exercise regime which involves the babies as 'weights'. Its popularity led to the introduction of 'Pilates with Prams' in 2009, based on Hollie's own experience of returning to fitness after having a baby the year before.

Insight4
2010 Telstra Innovation Award
TAS

Insight4

"Insight4's research and development encourages employees to put their skills to the test on an international level." Richard Roff, Marketing Manager

A love of travel and web technology inspired researchers from Insight4, a Hobart-based software development and IT consultancy, to develop an online answers service to travel queries. After validation and system development their 'crowd-sourcing' of travel advice concept attracted an AusIndustry COMET grant and won a wildcard entry into the CeBIT Webciety in 2009.

InSPArations day spa
2010 Telstra Small Business Award
TAS

InSPArations day spa

"I had a dream and I have made that dream become reality with hard work and a passion for my industry." Kim Digby, Owner

The consumer's appetite for higher level results from beauty salons is stimulated by magazines and the internet, according to Kim Digby, owner of the InSPArations Day Spa in Spreyton near Devonport. Kim calls her day spa the most relaxing place on Tasmania's north-west coast, promising to exceed client expectations and stay ahead of her competitors by offering new procedures, the latest equipment and advancing the skills of her nine staff.

Intact Group Pty Ltd
2010 Telstra Small Business Award
State Winner NSW

Intact Group Pty Ltd

"A belief that the employees are the organisation's greatest asset is demonstrated through transparency on all internal and external matters at the core of Intact Group's values." Nathan Dale, Managing Director

In 2007, at just 23 years of age, Nathan Dale launched a commercial property service company with two employees. Today the Intact Group has a diverse trade services team of 17 full-time staff including three apprentices. It has onsite tradespeople in 11 commercial buildings and has managed national urban and rural projects.

International Medical Recruitment Pty Ltd
2010 Telstra Small Business Award
VIC

International Medical Recruitment Pty Ltd

"The company has grown to include dedicated divisions focusing on both the permanent and locum recruitment of doctors across all specialties and seniorities, including mental health professionals, GPs, junior doctors, and highly experienced specialists." Robert Embury, Recruitment Manager

Relocating from the UK to Australia led anaesthetist Dr Sud Agarwal and Human Resources Manager Corrine Taylor to set up a recruitment company for doctors in 2001. International Medical Recruitment is now the market leader in recruiting permanent and locum doctors in Australia and New Zealand, with its quality assurance ensuring the business remains in high demand.

Jape Furnishing Superstore
2010 Telstra Medium Business Award
NT

Jape Furnishing Superstore

"With over 30 years of experience, we pride ourselves in offering competitive prices at no cost to quality customer service." Connie Jape, Director

From a small Darwin store opened by two brothers who arrived from East Timor in 1978, Jape Furnishing Superstore has grown to be one of the Northern Territory's largest furniture suppliers of commercial and domestic furniture. Jape now employs more than 25 staff and has a display and warehouse area covering 4000 square metres.

Kelly Engineering
2010 Telstra Regional Business Award
SA

Kelly Engineering

"Our background is farming so we have an excellent understanding of the reliable and versatile equipment that our farming customers need and expect." Shane Kelly, CEO

Kelly Engineering evolved from what was a sideline to farming 20 years ago, into a family-owned manufacturer and exporter of quality agricultural machinery. Located on the Kelly's farm near Booleroo Centre, the former machine-repairing hobby business now employs 38 staff with a turnover of $11m.

Maintenance Systems Solutions
2010 Telstra Medium Business Award
State Winner TAS

Maintenance Systems Solutions

"We are maintenance and software experts. Essentially, we created a new service." Adam Brooks, Chairman

Adam Brooks founded Maintenance Systems Solutions to meet a lack of onsite maintenance planning and SAP support within the resources industry. In less than six years, the business has flourished from a concept to an employer of 160 people. It is expanding from its Port Sorell head office to a training centre in Perth and premises in Townsville, Texas, Canada, London and New Zealand.

Makin Trax Australia
2010 Telstra Micro Business Award
ACT

Makin Trax Australia

"Our vision is to create a legacy of sustainable track networks to be enjoyed by future generations." Heather Stewart, Director

In 2005 passionate mountain biker Darren Stewart saw a business opportunity in the emerging and specialised track building market in Australia. He established Makin Trax Australia which designs, constructs and maintains mountain bike, walking and multi-use track networks. Makin Trax has produced the acclaimed Stromlo Forest Park track, used to host the UCI World Mountain Bike and Trials Championships in 2009 which brought 750 elite riders and over 40,000 spectators to Canberra.

Neutrog Australia Pty Ltd
2010 Telstra Innovation Award
SA

Neutrog Australia Pty Ltd

"Neutrog has distributed a total of $600,000 in royalties in the past decade to the rose and orchid societies and other groups with which we have a relationship." Angus Irwin, Managing Director

As it grew from a small factory to a 20-hectare plant, Neutrog invested enormous time, effort and resources in building close relationships with its home gardener and commercial markets. In the past decade, Neutrog partnered with 12 Australian garden societies and clubs which directly input into the development and testing of Neutrog's fertiliser products.

Penny's Fancy Dress
2010 Telstra Micro Business Award
NT

Penny's Fancy Dress

"Most costume shops in Australia have standard costumes. We go further - nothing is too hard to provide for our customers." Heather Malone, Owner

If you wish to dress like Elvis or Darth Vader, Cleopatra or Scarlet O'Hara, the place to go in Darwin is Penny's Fancy Dress on the Stuart Highway at Winnellie. Owner Heather Malone built her stock up to about 10,000 costumes, with wigs, boots and accessories. Her willingness to make costumes on request proved to be a great marketing tool, bringing in corporate clients and building solid relationships with local schools and theatre companies.

SIDRA Solutions
2010 Telstra Innovation Award
VIC

SIDRA Solutions

"We hope the end result of our work is a better, more sustainable environment which is such a critical issue facing our world today." Dr Rahmi Akcelik, Director

Under the SIDRA Solutions brand, the world leader in the field of traffic management technology has created powerful traffic engineering software. These tools - SIDRA INTERSECTION and SIDRA TRIP - help achieve better solutions to challenges in the areas of road traffic operations, traffic engineering, management and control.

Signmanager Pty Ltd
2010 Telstra Innovation Award
QLD

Signmanager Pty Ltd

"One fifth of our staff is dedicated to research and development and most of the company's profits are channelled back into this area." Alan Hadley, Director

Brisbane management consultants Signmanager built an innovative web based system which allows clients to project manage their brands more effectively. Signmanager calls its service branded asset management which traditionally has been a huge task for corporations with a signage portfolio across tens of thousands of assets.

Soprano Design
2010 Telstra Innovation Award
NSW

Soprano Design

"Soprano automates complex and time-consuming business processes, improves staff efficiency and reduces business-operating costs by reducing the 'human latency' that causes business communication and process problems." Richard Favero, CEO

As the mobile phone messaging industry evolved in the 1990s, North Sydney software development company Soprano Design was in the vanguard of developing infrastructure that routes and delivers SMS and MMS messages. Soprano developed a string of innovative business applications that meet the mobile messaging needs of an entire enterprise.

stratsec
2010 Telstra Medium Business Award
State Winner ACT

stratsec

"We remove the jargon that is so prevalent in cyber security and provide advice that helps business managers to make informed decisions." Peter Lilley, Chief Executive Officer

stratsec is an information security consulting, testing and research services business, established by Doug Stuart, Peter Lilley and Nick Ellsmore, to remove some of the mystery and 'doom and gloom' about IT security. Their fresh perspective focused on the business needs of ICT security rather than the technology based approach to which they had been accustomed.

Sydney Writers' Centre
2010 Telstra Micro Business Award
NSW

Sydney Writers' Centre

"We are passionate about education and persistent in finding ways to help those who live behind a technological firewall." Valerie Khoo, Director

In 2005, Valerie Khoo founded the Sydney Writers' Centre in Milsons Point. The centre offers more than 30 courses, presented by successful authors and journalists, in magazine and travel writing as well as fiction, children's books, book publishing, business and online writing.

teachers.on.net
2010 Telstra Micro Business Award
SA

teachers.on.net

"Our milestone of ten years as an operational website was important for us because the education community places a lot of value on stability and longevity." Melissa Boonzaayer, Director

When teachers.on.net was launched in 1999, it was a pioneer for internet based recruitment of teachers for Australian schools. teachers.on.net allows schools to advertise vacancies online and jobseekers to apply directly to the school. Operating initially as a start-up in a home office, the Eastwood business overcame hesitance by some schools to embrace the then unproven method of internet advertising.

Today's Homes & Lifestyle Pty Ltd
2010 Telstra Small Business Award
ACT

Today's Homes & Lifestyle Pty Ltd

"In a market sector where relationships are critical, we place a strong emphasis on staff training, mentoring and development." Brendan McCoullough, Chief of Operations

Father and son home building business, Today's Homes & Lifestyle, was developed to service a market niche for constructions priced between $300,000 and $750,000. By concentrating on contract home construction, the business develops strong cash flows without being involved in speculative or high-risk projects.

Viridis E3
2010 Telstra Innovation Award
ACT

Viridis E3

"As our clients adopt sustainability, we also change our role - often from a technical consultant to a trusted corporate advisor." Gesa Ruge, Director Corporate Development

Phillip-based consultancy Viridis E3 has developed innovative tools that assist in communicating, monitoring and reporting on a more sustainable design and development process. The company believes that environmental sustainability requires project design to be linked to long term business behaviour. Through the development of tailored project services combined with staff support and business advice, Viridis E3 has achieved lasting change among its clients.

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