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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

REDARC

2014 Telstra Australian Business of the Year

"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

When the opportunity to buy a small, struggling electronics business arose in 1997, Anthony Kittel 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.
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National category winners

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2014 Telstra Australian Start Up Award
NT

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." Boon Wai Lim, Managing Director

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. With a focus on personalised local service, they've merged traditional medication dispensing with holistic health services, such as counselling and education seminars.

2014 Telstra Australian Small Business Award
TAS

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." Bill Lark, Founder

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.

2014 Telstra Australian Medium Business Award
SA

REDARC

"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

When the opportunity to buy a small, struggling electronics business arose in 1997, Anthony Kittel 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.

2014 Telstra Australian Regional Business Award
NSW

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." Jamie Cook, Director

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.

2014 Telstra Australian Micro Business Award
VIC

Urban Escape

"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 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.

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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Bondi Chai
2014 Telstra Micro Business Award
NSW

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." Martin Buggy, Director

Martin Buggy and Melissa Edyvean discovered the chai latte phenomenon while visiting New York for the new millennium celebrations. 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.

Booktopia
2014 Telstra Medium Business Award
NSW

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." Tony Nash, Chief Executive Officer

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.

Bowhill Engineering
2014 Telstra Regional Business Award
SA

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." Jeremy Hawkes, Managing Director

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.

Carbon Media
2014 Telstra Small Business Award
State Winner QLD

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." Wayne Denning, Managing Director

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.

Clare Valley Motel
2014 Telstra Small Business Award
SA

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." Jan Stokes Director

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. 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.

Cogito Group
2014 Telstra Start Up Award
ACT

Cogito Group

"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

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.

Cornerstone Recruitment
2014 Telstra Start Up Award
QLD

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." Samantha Miklos, Director

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.

Country Wellness Pharmacy
2014 Telstra Start Up Award
NT

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." Boon Wai Lim, Managing Director

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. With a focus on personalised local service, they've merged traditional medication dispensing with holistic health services, such as counselling and education seminars.

Crisp Creative Salad
2014 Telstra Start Up Award
VIC

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." Ted Tolfree, Director

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. 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.

Eire Café
2014 Telstra Start Up Award
SA

Eire Café

"We cook food that is delicious and wholesome using traditional recipes that evoke feelings of yesteryear - this adds to the friendly feel of the cafe." Stephen Lowery, COO

Wanting to be closer to family, Zoi Kokoti and her partner Stephen Lowery decided to give up their Melbourne-based careers and return to Adelaide. They renovated an old deli in Clapham in March 2013 and the Eire Café was born. The couple pride themselves on providing flavoursome and wholesome food in a friendly atmosphere.

Elevate Education Pty Ltd
2014 Telstra Small Business Award
State Winner NSW

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." Douglas Barton, Chairman

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.

Glitter and Dance Fabric Specialists
2014 Telstra Micro Business Award
QLD

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." Carly Vidal-Wallace, Manager

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.

Handbuilt Creative
2014 Telstra Micro Business Award
TAS

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." David Shering, Director

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.

Intelledox
2014 Telstra Medium Business Award
State Winner ACT

Intelledox

"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

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. I

Killarney Homes
2014 Telstra Medium Business Award
NT

Killarney Homes

"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

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.

Lark Distillery
2014 Telstra Small Business Award
State Winner TAS

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." Bill Lark, Founder

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.

NSR Australia
2014 Telstra Small Business Award
VIC

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." Marco Maisano, Managing Director

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.

Paws for Life
2014 Telstra Start Up Award
NSW

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." Mike Frizell, Chief Executive Officer

The idea for Paws for Life came to Mike Frizell when he noticed his parents were only purchasing four kilogram bags of dog food because they couldn't lug the larger bags home. 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.

Power Projects NT
2014 Telstra Regional Business Award
NT

Power Projects NT

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

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. 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.

REDARC
2014 Telstra Medium Business Award
State Winner SA

REDARC

"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

When the opportunity to buy a small, struggling electronics business arose in 1997, Anthony Kittel 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.

ServiceM8
2014 Telstra Micro Business Award
State Winner NT

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." Kim Ford, CEO

ServiceM8 is a cloud-based platform that 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.

Smile Solutions
2014 Telstra Medium Business Award
State Winner VIC

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." Dr Kia Pajouhesh, Managing Director

Dr Kia Pajouhesh is a dentist on a mission. 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.

Solace Creations
2014 Telstra Micro Business Award
ACT

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." Karen Porter, Chief Executive Officer

As part owner in a building company, Karen Porter was interested in energy efficient homes. 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.

Stone & Wood Brewing Company
2014 Telstra Regional Business Award
NSW

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." Jamie Cook, Director

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.

Stornoway
2014 Telstra Regional Business Award
TAS

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." Tim Gardner, Managing Director

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
2014 Telstra Medium Business Award
TAS

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." Tim Gardner, Managing Director

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.

The Enchanted Adventure Garden
2014 Telstra Regional Business Award
VIC

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." Michael Savage, Owner

When Sally and Michael Savage discovered 12 hectares of farmland for sale on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, they fell in love with it. 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.

Today's Homes
2014 Telstra Small Business Award
ACT

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." Brendan McCoullough, Director

Today's Homes began in 2001 as a joint venture between father and son Peter and Brendan McCoullough. The Canberra business is a one-stop-shop for custom design and construction for residential home-builders. Today's Homes now has an accomplished team of 16 employees.

Trailers 2000 Pty Ltd
2014 Telstra Medium Business Award
QLD

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." Stuart Daniels, CEO

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.

Trailers 2000 Pty Ltd
2014 Telstra Regional Business Award
QLD

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." Stuart Daniels, CEO

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.

UB COOL PTY LTD
2014 Telstra Small Business Award
NT

UB 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." Steve Johnstone, Director

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. With his partner Eyve running the administration, Steve focused on growing UB Cool PTY LTD as a supplier and installer of split system air conditioning units for residential development projects and domestic customers.

Urban Escape
2014 Telstra Micro Business Award
VIC

Urban Escape

"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 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.

Virtual Ad Agency
2014 Telstra Micro Business Award
SA

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." John Curnow, Managing Director/Owner

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.

Your Path to Health
2014 Telstra Start Up Award
TAS

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." Jessica Webb, Owner

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.

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