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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

Bruny Island Cheese Co.

2013 Telstra Australian Business of the Year

"I am a traditionalist who recognises that great cheese was made for centuries before modern technology played a role and I believe passionately in the old way of making, maturing and marketing cheese." Nick Haddow, Managing Director

Bruny Island Cheese Co. uses traditional techniques to make their range of cheeses, including Australia's only unpasteurised cheese product. The business focuses on direct marketing through email and social media, including to its Cheese Club comprising 8300 members across Australia.
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National category winners

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2013 Telstra Australian Medium Business Award
QLD

Becker Helicopter Services Pty Ltd

"There were no innovative, visionary helicopter training companies and we had a dream to change the face of helicopter pilot training worldwide." Captain Jan Becker, Director

Mike and Jan Becker launched Becker Helicopter Services in 1995 in a rundown tin shed using an old grass airport at Noosa. But it wasn't the facilities that mattered - it was the quality of training and the passion to make an aviation difference that has fuelled success.

2013 Telstra Australian Small Business Award
TAS

Bruny Island Cheese Co.

"I am a traditionalist who recognises that great cheese was made for centuries before modern technology played a role and I believe passionately in the old way of making, maturing and marketing cheese." Nick Haddow, Managing Director

Bruny Island Cheese Co. uses traditional techniques to make their range of cheeses, including Australia's only unpasteurised cheese product. The business focuses on direct marketing through email and social media, including to its Cheese Club comprising 8300 members across Australia.

2013 Telstra Australian Micro Business Award
QLD

ENIQUEST

"With extensive knowledge of electric generating products, I had the passion and resources to develop a new range of products that were immune from competition from cheaper overseas manufacturers." Don Pulver, Managing Director

While most Australian manufacturers were moving offshore to lessen their cost base, Don Pulver was committed to building a business that manufactured power generation products locally. Major contract wins include the provision of Solar and Diesel Hybrid Power Skids for BHP and supply of independent power for Toll Australia’s Rapid Deployment Camps.

2013 Telstra Australian Start Up Award
VIC

health.com.au

"We think just 'popping in' to a store to make a claim and do paperwork is a thing of the past, since it means 30 minutes fighting traffic and 20 minutes jostling for a car park - we just thought there had to be a better way." Andy Sheats, CEO

health.com.au is looking to reinvent health insurance for younger, healthier Australians who want to interact online. Since launching last year it's now one of Australia's fastest growing health insurers attracting over 30,000 customers already. T

2013 Telstra Australian Regional Business Award
NSW

iKOU

"As global travellers we are aware of the impact a business can have, for good or for bad, on people, animals and the planet - we wanted to create one that benefitted all." Naomi Whitfeld, Founder

iKOU founders, husband and wife team Naomi and Paul Whitfeld, were stunned when a national retailer ordered 1.5 tonnes of their bath salts only weeks after they launched their wholesale spa product range in 2008. Such early market acceptance of the natural home grown skin care and body products, candles and organic herbal teas was testament to the quality of the concept.

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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Becker Helicopter Services Pty Ltd
2013 Telstra Medium Business Award
QLD

Becker Helicopter Services Pty Ltd

"There were no innovative, visionary helicopter training companies and we had a dream to change the face of helicopter pilot training worldwide." Captain Jan Becker, Director

Mike and Jan Becker launched Becker Helicopter Services in 1995 in a rundown tin shed using an old grass airport at Noosa. But it wasn't the facilities that mattered - it was the quality of training and the passion to make an aviation difference that has fuelled success.

Bli Bli House
2013 Telstra Start Up Award
QLD

Bli Bli House

"We are committed to providing a unique experience of old world Victorian charm for every guest and every special occasion." Phil Greenbury, Owner

Shrouded in historic charm, Bli Bli House has been lovingly converted into an exclusive mini event centre, luxury boutique five-star motel and exclusive wedding venue in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. Its transformation is the result of a dream by Phil and Merryl Greenbury who with experience in their respective restaurant and banking jobs indulged their passion for historic buildings and tourism.

Boundary Bend Olives
2013 Telstra Regional Business Award
VIC

Boundary Bend Olives

"The key drivers of our success have been our vertical integration from tree to table and our relentless focus on delivering the highest quality product in large and growing volumes at a very competitive price." Rob McGavin, Co-founder and CEO

Investing in a small olive grove on the banks of the Murray River in northern Victoria in 1998, Paul Riordan and Rob McGavin had a vision to create a fully integrated olive oil company. With its head office in Lara and six other sites spread across Victoria and NSW, Boundary Bend Olives is now Australia's largest olive farmer and producer of extra virgin olive oil with 2.5 million trees on over 6,000 hectares.

braaap
2013 Telstra Small Business Award
State Winner VIC

braaap

"I want to help others build a lifestyle designed around a fun, clean and healthy adrenaline port." Brad Smith, Founder

Brad Smith has a mission to make motorcycling fun and affordable. As a teenager he built his dream bike. In 2005, aged just 18, he set off for China to secure a manufacturer and subsequently founded Australia's only home-grown motorcycle brand, braaap .

BRS
2013 Telstra Small Business Award
SA

BRS

"Our unique selling proposition is our ability to connect all areas of a client's organisation and projects together to solve their problems." Kym Williams, Managing Director

Frustrated with advisers and consultants who could not offer a holistic approach to linking culture and commercial outcomes, Kym and Nicole Williams launched BRS from their home in Adelaide in 2009. Focusing on the resources, infrastructure and government sectors, the advisory firm helps clients secure and set up projects for success, improve performance, save money, manage risk and develop people.

Bruny Island Cheese Co.
2013 Telstra Regional Business Award
TAS

Bruny Island Cheese Co.

"I am a traditionalist who recognises that great cheese was made for centuries before modern technology played a role and I believe passionately in the old way of making, maturing and marketing cheese." Nick Haddow, Managing Director

Bruny Island Cheese Co. uses traditional techniques to make their range of cheeses, including Australia's only unpasteurised cheese product. The business focuses on direct marketing through email and social media, including to its Cheese Club comprising 8300 members across Australia.

Bruny Island Cheese Co.
2013 Telstra Small Business Award
State Winner TAS

Bruny Island Cheese Co.

"I am a traditionalist who recognises that great cheese was made for centuries before modern technology played a role and I believe passionately in the old way of making, maturing and marketing cheese." Nick Haddow, Managing Director

Bruny Island Cheese Co. uses traditional techniques to make their range of cheeses, including Australia's only unpasteurised cheese product. The business focuses on direct marketing through email and social media, including to its Cheese Club comprising 8300 members across Australia.

Burleigh Brewing Company
2013 Telstra Small Business Award
State Winner QLD

Burleigh Brewing Company

"We wanted to create a business that adds to the heart of our region and we just happen to be doing it through one of the world's most ancient and community-oriented beverages - beer." Peta Fielding, Chief Executive

The founders of Burleigh Brewing Company describe their business as a cross between 'monk-like tradition and cool, surfy living'. It's this hybrid approach, coupled with an exacting commitment to quality and creativity, that's earned the Gold Coast-based business best-in-world accolades.

Cairns Industries Pty Ltd
2013 Telstra Medium Business Award
NT

Cairns Industries Pty Ltd

"We take pride in excellent customer relationships gained through consistency, efficiency and high quality work." Kym Cairns, Director

In mid 2006 Shaun and Kym Cairns launched Cairns Industries, a building and civil construction company servicing the government-identified growth town of Borroloola and other remote areas of the Territory. Its services include concrete supply, building, machinery hire and maintenance, hydraulic hose repair, electrical and refrigeration services.

Cairns Industries Pty Ltd
2013 Telstra Regional Business Award
NT

Cairns Industries Pty Ltd

"We take pride in excellent customer relationships gained through consistency, efficiency and high quality work." Kym Cairns, Director

In mid 2006 Shaun and Kym Cairns launched Cairns Industries, a building and civil construction company servicing the government-identified growth town of Borroloola and other remote areas of the Territory. Its services include concrete supply, building, machinery hire and maintenance, hydraulic hose repair, electrical and refrigeration services.

Canberra Furnished Accommodation
2013 Telstra Micro Business Award
ACT

Canberra Furnished Accommodation

"As the business grew and developed I realised I had hit upon the perfect formula to support and help us grow our property portfolio." Laurie McDonald, Director

To generate an income while on maternity leave, Laurie McDonald used $5000 from her credit card to refurbish an investment property and offer short stay accommodation. Such was demand, she was able to re-invest profits and now boasts a portfolio of 50 budget, executive and luxury properties in central Canberra locations.

Collins SBA Complete Wealth Specialist
2013 Telstra Medium Business Award
TAS

Collins SBA Complete Wealth Specialist

"Our clients receive the attention of a dedicated team who work collaboratively to provide holistic solutions to help them reach their financial aspirations." Michael Spinks, CEO

A shared passion between Michael Spinks, Jonathan Elliot and Rob Adams to create a secure financial future for small business owners and private individuals led to the formation of Collins SBA in Hobart in 2003. The business now employs 23 staff including wealth advisers, business advisors, accountants and specialised lenders.

Connective
2013 Telstra Medium Business Award
VIC

Connective

"We 'own' the business model that is recognised for revolutionising the industry and giving power back to the brokers." Murray Lees, Director

Brothers Glenn and Murray Lees founded Connective after growing disillusioned with an industry that they felt did not adequately support mortgage brokers. Today, the Melbourne CBD-based company is the fastest growing aggregator in the mortgage broking industry.

ENIQUEST
2013 Telstra Micro Business Award
QLD

ENIQUEST

"With extensive knowledge of electric generating products, I had the passion and resources to develop a new range of products that were immune from competition from cheaper overseas manufacturers." Don Pulver, Managing Director

While most Australian manufacturers were moving offshore to lessen their cost base, Don Pulver was committed to building a business that manufactured power generation products locally. Major contract wins include the provision of Solar and Diesel Hybrid Power Skids for BHP and supply of independent power for Toll Australia’s Rapid Deployment Camps.

Fifth Quadrant
2013 Telstra Medium Business Award
State Winner NSW

Fifth Quadrant

"Our name refers to the fifth key strategic imperative in the board room - Customer Experience Strategy which should inform and drive the traditional four strategies of finance, marketing & sales, HR and IT & operations." Dr Catriona Wallace, CEO

Initially founded as a research and publishing business, Fifth Quadrant has become a specialist consulting firm working with executive teams to develop Customer Experience Strategy (CXS) for enterprise and government. Established by Dr Catriona Wallace and James Organ, the firm undertakes research, design, data analytics and big data strategies to develop and implement customer experience strategies.

General Trade Industries (GTI)
2013 Telstra Regional Business Award
QLD

General Trade Industries (GTI)

"After finishing my plumbing apprenticeship, I wanted to work for myself and take on the challenge of starting my own business, but I also wanted to stay living in the region." Geoff Pike, Managing Director

General Trade Industries stems from a one-man trade contracting business started by plumber Geoff Pike in Thargomindah, an outback town in South-West Queensland. His business has become a standout contractor installing utility equipment, establishing and operating services, primarily for the oil and gas industries, in remote and inaccessible parts of Queensland.

Great Ocean Road Surf Tours
2013 Telstra Micro Business Award
VIC

Great Ocean Road Surf Tours

"Our business has become our way of sharing our passion for surfing and adventure with others in a hassle-free environment." Alistair Lawson, Director

Driven to share his passion for surfing with others, what started as a hobby for Alistair Lawson has developed into a lifestyle and burgeoning business. Investing savings earned from his gym job, Alistair bought equipment and launched Torquay-based Great Ocean Road Surf Tours by himself in 2005, operating only one-day surf tours on weekends.

health.com.au
2013 Telstra Start Up Award
VIC

health.com.au

"We think just 'popping in' to a store to make a claim and do paperwork is a thing of the past, since it means 30 minutes fighting traffic and 20 minutes jostling for a car park - we just thought there had to be a better way." Andy Sheats, CEO

health.com.au is looking to reinvent health insurance for younger, healthier Australians who want to interact online. Since launching last year it's now one of Australia's fastest growing health insurers attracting over 30,000 customers already. T

iKOU
2013 Telstra Regional Business Award
NSW

iKOU

"As global travellers we are aware of the impact a business can have, for good or for bad, on people, animals and the planet - we wanted to create one that benefitted all." Naomi Whitfeld, Founder

iKOU founders, husband and wife team Naomi and Paul Whitfeld, were stunned when a national retailer ordered 1.5 tonnes of their bath salts only weeks after they launched their wholesale spa product range in 2008. Such early market acceptance of the natural home grown skin care and body products, candles and organic herbal teas was testament to the quality of the concept.

italklibrary
2013 Telstra Micro Business Award
NT

italklibrary

"They say a picture speaks a thousand words - our pictures speak a thousand languages." Christopher Brocklebank, Director

Working in education showed Christopher Brocklebank how difficult it was for people to learn when English was not their first language. In 2002, he created the italklibrary concept. The italklibrary team can turn written information into a story that can then be spoken in any language and placed into italklibrary.com.

Jump Tours
2013 Telstra Micro Business Award
TAS

Jump Tours

"I am in the business of making Tasmania the hottest off the beaten track destination for young travellers and rejecting traditional tourism cliches." Greg Price, Managing Director

A desire to improve the range of affordable backpacking options for younger adventurers spurred Tasmanian-born Greg Price to come home and establish Jump Tours. Since its launch as a one-man, one-van operation, the Mornington business now runs two buses and a van, a small hostel and employs three guides, a manager and a housekeeper during peak season.

Marketing Mechanics
2013 Telstra Small Business Award
NSW

Marketing Mechanics

"I believe that if you love what you do, and you are an honest person who will stop at nothing to help a client, this will filter right throughout the business." Diane Costa, Director

Moving from job to job and never really feeling completely fulfilled, Diane Costa decided to leave her successful career working for others and set about building her own agency. With a company car, a credit card and a kitchen table in a rental unit, she established the company trading as Marketing Mechanics. While offering services, from marketing plans, design and media buying, the Sydney-based company has a strong emphasis on digital marketing.

Off-Grid Energy Australia
2013 Telstra Start Up Award
SA

Off-Grid Energy Australia

"We are entirely devoted to the research, development and implementation of innovative and reliable off-grid renewable energy solutions across Australia." Hugh Driscoll, Director

Off-Grid Energy Australia (OEA) is a designer, supplier and installer of standalone power and grid battery storage technologies. With six consultants across Australia, the Dudley-Park based business provides electricity to residential and commercial properties with no access to the national power grid, or that require '24-7' uninterrupted grid power.

Residential Reports
2013 Telstra Small Business Award
ACT

Residential Reports

"We use cutting edge technology in the field, a mobile office and specifically crafted software, which allows us to deliver accurate and detailed reports faster than any other competitor." Kelly Hill, Operations Manager

A change in ACT legislation driving real estate agents and vendors to engage one service provider to deliver presale building and pest inspection reports presented an opportunity for father and daughter team Lindsay Collison and Kelly Hill. In 2004, they established Residential Reports, a one-stop-shop, which has grown from a team of two to nine and now generates more than $1.1 million in net sales a year.

Richard Gunner's Fine Meats
2013 Telstra Regional Business Award
SA

Richard Gunner's Fine Meats

"Our business is a niche operation satisfying a market need for superior meat brands grown with integrity and marketed with imagination." Richard Gunner, Owner

Richard Gunner's Fine Meats has developed from a straightforward cattle property on the Coorong, employing just three people, to an integrated 'paddock to plate' meat business with more than 70 employees.

Rudds Consulting Engineers
2013 Telstra Medium Business Award
State Winner ACT

Rudds Consulting Engineers

"We're keen to encourage companies in the construction industry to focus on environmentally friendly building practices and to raise awareness that using green building methods can improve their bottom line." Andrew Beattie, Director

Rudds Consulting Engineers is a building services engineering business that prides itself on rigorous quality assurance programs and using integrated technologies that reduce the impact on the environment.

Shop Handmade Canberra
2013 Telstra Start Up Award
ACT

Shop Handmade Canberra

"The demand from designers and customers for a permanent shopping destination for high quality handmade products was too loud to ignore." Julie Nichols, Creative Director

Shop Handmade was launched by Julie Nichols and Rachel Evangelou to meet an untapped potential to showcase Canberra's handcrafted wares. Both the shop and market sell handmade creations by local, regional and interstate designers, including jewellery, fashion and homewares.

Suntrix Pty Ltd
2013 Telstra Medium Business Award
State Winner SA

Suntrix Pty Ltd

"We are not just another solar company - we provide value-added services such as solar advice and design, energy auditing and energy load profiling for our clients." Jenny Paradisom, Managing Director

In 2009, David Hille and his wife Jenny Paradiso decided to establish their own Adelaide-based company, Suntrix. The business focuses on the commercial, residential and wholesale sectors of the solar industry. It provides a complete turn-key solution for clients, focusing on solar expertise, value products and personalised customer service.

Synotronics Pty Ltd
2013 Telstra Micro Business Award
SA

Synotronics Pty Ltd

"When I discovered that the electronic test equipment industry was led by companies stuck in the past with outdated views on sales, promotion and service, I knew there was an opportunity." Tyson Grubb, Managing Director

Tyson Grubb’s childhood dream of running a company he built from scratch, coupled with his observations of his own family business while he was growing up, was the impetus for Synotronics.

Tasmanian Air Adventures
2013 Telstra Start Up Award
TAS

Tasmanian Air Adventures

"The wilderness areas of this State are magnificent, far more so than many realise, which is why we want to show Tassie to the world through the use of our versatile aircraft." Tim Robertson, Co-founder and Operations Director

While walking Tasmania's Overland Track, Christiaan Durrant and Tim Robertson became inspired to share their passion for Tasmania's pristine wilderness with others. They founded Tasmanian Air Adventures (TAA) in December 2011 to provide top quality eco-tour experiences to showcase areas such as the south-west wilderness, Wineglass Bay, Port Arthur, Cradle Mountain and the Gordon River by seaplane.

Top End Pest Control
2013 Telstra Small Business Award
State Winner NT

Top End Pest Control

"We saw the opportunity to develop and expand a pest management business and lift the professional standard of service to customers across the Northern Territory." Tim Lambert, Director

Top End Pest Control provides all avenues of pest management including termite protection for pre and post construction. In conjunction with a Registered Training Organisation, the company has moved into training and provides facilities to teach other pest management companies and Indigenous community members in remote areas to develop valuable employment skills.

Wicked Berries Pty Ltd
2013 Telstra Micro Business Award
NSW

Wicked Berries Pty Ltd

"Our goal for customers and gift recipients is for them to experience a total wow factor in presentation, style and taste." Kerry Sullivan, Director

Wicked Berries was initially developed to complement Kerry Sullivan’s wedding cake business. But such was demand for his gift boxed Belgian chocolate-coated strawberries, they soon became the star of his business. Future plans include franchises in all capital and major regional cities.

WiTH Collective
2013 Telstra Start Up Award
NSW

WiTH Collective

"We wanted to create an open environment where client and agency are seen as equal partners in solving modern day marketing problems, breaking the traditional 'master-servant' relationship." Dominique Hind, COO

Sydney-based WiTH Collective was established almost three years ago and, through delivering clients with data-driven marketing strategies, creative flair and an agnostic view towards digital channels, they have delivered huge business growth. The company's client base has grown and includes major brands such as Cisco, Colonial First State, Pacific Brands and McWilliams.

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