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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

Executive Risk Solutions

2015 Telstra Australian Business of the Year

"Our staff are what our reputation is built on. We provide employees with work related challenges which ensures the company is supporting new initiatives and fresh ideas." Scott Houston, Chief Executive Officer

As a former Special Air Services operator, Perth's Scott Houston knows exactly what to do in an emergency. After leaving Afghanistan's battlefields, Scott applied his military values and experience to risk management venture Executive Risk Solutions. Crisis management, emergency response and specialist security are some of the services Executive Risk Solutions provides to industries in high risk sectors.
WA

National category winners

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2015 Telstra Australian Small Business Award
VIC

Cargo Crew

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

Melbourne's Cargo Crew is revolutionising company uniforms by creating great outfits that staff are proud to wear. A one bedroom flat, $2,000 and a fashion degree were all Felicity Rodgers needed to give company uniforms a makeover. In 2002, Felicity used her design experience to create fashion forward uniforms that would withstand the rigours of a busy workplace.

2015 Telstra Australian Medium Business Award
WA

Executive Risk Solutions

"Our staff are what our reputation is built on. We provide employees with work related challenges which ensures the company is supporting new initiatives and fresh ideas." Scott Houston, Chief Executive Officer

As a former Special Air Services operator, Perth's Scott Houston knows exactly what to do in an emergency. After leaving Afghanistan's battlefields, Scott applied his military values and experience to risk management venture Executive Risk Solutions. Crisis management, emergency response and specialist security are some of the services Executive Risk Solutions provides to industries in high risk sectors.

2015 Telstra Australian Start Up Award
VIC

Furst Electrical

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

Melbourne siblings Lee and Mark Furst fulfilled a long-held dream when they came together to start their electrical contracting business, Furst Electrical. In 2012, they created Furst Electrical, a specialist contractor in electrical automation services for manufacturers and secondary processing businesses.

2015 Telstra Australian Micro Business Award
NSW

Nexba Beverages

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

2015 Telstra Australian Regional Business Award
NSW

Southern Cotton Pty Ltd

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

Tired of carting their cotton 400 kilometres to get ginned, and spending a fortune to do so, six Murrumbidgee farmers pooled resources to build their own gin. Southern Cotton Pty Ltd was born in 2011 with a vision to give southern NSW farmers fast, quality ginning and to promote cotton as a profitable alternative crop.

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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Alliance Leasing
2015 Telstra Start Up Award
ACT

Alliance Leasing

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

Alliance Leasing is a start-up company established to assist employers with their staff retention strategies by offering the benefits of novated car leasing. His plan was based on using technology to do the transactional work, leaving more time to talk with people.

Amazonia
2015 Telstra Small Business Award
State Winner NSW

Amazonia

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

Dwayne started out producing organic freeze dried acai berry powder and capsules on his own before partnering with Chris Norden to expand the business. Since launching in 2008 Amazonia has grown to 19 full time staff and it imports 25,000 tonnes of acai a month.

Barmco Mana Partnership
2015 Telstra Micro Business Award
ACT

Barmco Mana Partnership

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

Born in a garage and growing to a professional office environment, Barmco Mana Partnership offers consulting expertise in the management of building projects, specialised engineering services and related activities within the property and construction industries.

Beginning Boutique
2015 Telstra Small Business Award
State Winner QLD

Beginning Boutique

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

Seeing the need for an alternative to mainstream shopping seven years ago, Sarah Timmerman set about pioneering an online fashion retailer. Selling in-house designed garments and designer and wholesale stock, Beginning Boutique has now built a loyal following of almost one million engaged fans globally through its social media marketing.

Bridestowe Estate
2015 Telstra Regional Business Award
TAS

Bridestowe Estate

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

Bridestowe Estate is a world class producer of lavender oil and a significant tourist destination at Nabowla in Tasmania's north-east. It's been run by Robert and Jennifer Ravens since 2007 when they purchased a lavender farm from corporate owners originally created by London perfumer and migrant C.K. Denny in 1921.

Cape York Camping Punsand Bay
2015 Telstra Regional Business Award
QLD

Cape York Camping Punsand Bay

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

Cape York Camping Punsand Bay offers beachfront accommodation and camping at the most northern address in mainland Australia, located 5km west of "The Tip" of Cape York Peninsula. The camping ground attracts adventurers, anglers, beachcombers, birdwatchers and history buffs looking to explore Cape York Peninsula and the Torres Strait Islands.

Cargo Crew
2015 Telstra Small Business Award
VIC

Cargo Crew

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

Melbourne's Cargo Crew is revolutionising company uniforms by creating great outfits that staff are proud to wear. A one bedroom flat, $2,000 and a fashion degree were all Felicity Rodgers needed to give company uniforms a makeover. In 2002, Felicity used her design experience to create fashion forward uniforms that would withstand the rigours of a busy workplace.

Country Solar NT
2015 Telstra Medium Business Award
State Winner NT

Country Solar NT

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

On a trip to Townsville in 2010, an offer to help friends research solar panels for their home sparked Jeremy and Pam Hunt's idea to help like-minded people in the Top End live more sustainably. Country Solar NT designs, supplies and installs solar PV systems for residential, commercial and government buildings and was recently awarded a tender to install a 250kW solar PV system for Charles Darwin University.

Ecoriginals
2015 Telstra Start Up Award
QLD

Ecoriginals

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

A 'nappy revolution' is what Ecoriginals founders Lachlan and Lisa Laing are calling the success of their eco disposable nappies. Launched in 2013 after 2.5 years' research and development, the nappies are sold through 150 retailers and online with home delivery.

Elite Executive Services Pty Ltd
2015 Telstra Micro Business Award
VIC

Elite Executive Services Pty Ltd

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

For many people, an interstate or overseas move is fraught with difficulties. Fortunately, Cheltenham's Elite Executive Services is on hand to take the stress out of relocation. Recognising that individuals and companies needed support managing the relocation process, Kathy Nunn established Elite Executive Services in 2001.

Ezypay
2015 Telstra Medium Business Award
NSW

Ezypay

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

Direct-debit billing and online payment service Ezypay has helped Australian businesses collect payments since 1996. Its systems assists local businesses to maintain regular cash flow and automate payment collections.

Flow Athletic
2015 Telstra Start Up Award
NSW

Flow Athletic

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

While training for an ultra-marathon, Benjamin met yogi Kate Kendall. Kate taught Benjamin yoga while he began to train her. They both realised that the two teachings complimented each other and so Flow Athletic was born. Flow Athletic is based on three core principles - yoga, strength and spin - and combines yoga practice with cardio and strength training.

Francesca Collections
2015 Telstra Small Business Award
State Winner TAS

Francesca Collections

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

From a young age Hannah Vasicek loved to design and make jewellery. She started selling her pieces to a local art gallery and operating her own stall at the Salamanca Markets at the age of 16. She went on to launch Francesca Collections in 2011 while studying science and law at university.

Furst Electrical
2015 Telstra Start Up Award
State Winner VIC

Furst Electrical

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

Melbourne siblings Lee and Mark Furst fulfilled a long-held dream when they came together to start their electrical contracting business, Furst Electrical. In 2012, they created Furst Electrical, a specialist contractor in electrical automation services for manufacturers and secondary processing businesses.

HEGS Australia
2015 Telstra Start Up Award
State Winner SA

HEGS Australia

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

While attempting to hang his wife's cocktail dress on the washing line without leaving any marks, Scott Boocock came up with the idea for his peg-manufacturing business. Determined to not leave any line, sun or peg marks, Scott realised he needed a peg with hooks. After months of intensive research and development, he turned the idea into reality and the HEGS space saving dual-hook design was launched.

Kalleske Wines
2015 Telstra Small Business Award
SA

Kalleske Wines

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

The Kalleske family has been farming and growing quality grapes since 1853 near the village of Greenock in SA’s Barossa Valley. In 2002, winemaker Troy Kalleske, together with brother Tony, whose skills lay in management, business development and sales, established Kalleske Wines.

Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse
2015 Telstra Start Up Award
TAS

Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse

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

Winemaker Antony Langdon, a descendent of the 17th Century arrival to Tasmania, and food and beverage marketer Rose Flynn joined forces to open Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse in March 2014. Their aim was to turn a 120 year-old student sharehouse into a hostel worthy of the description 'boutique'.

Nexba Beverages
2015 Telstra Micro Business Award
NSW

Nexba Beverages

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

Northtech Solutions
2015 Telstra Small Business Award
NT

Northtech Solutions

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

In 2010 Steve Pope and Donna McRae moved from Jabiru to Darwin and poured their savings into a dream of independence through owning and operating their own business – Northtech Solutions. The first steel fabrication job the company won was completed by Steve in the carport of his family home.

Plumbing NT Pty Ltd
2015 Telstra Start Up Award
NT

Plumbing NT Pty Ltd

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

Patrick Whitehead is one Territorian who's embraced technology to give his small business a competitive edge. All plumbers at NT Plumbing Maintenance Service are given a work tablet. From a blocked drain to a sewer main upgrade, throughout the job, every note, photo, email and text is recorded and stored so a complete job history is available.

Posture Podiatry
2015 Telstra Micro Business Award
SA

Posture Podiatry

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

Daniel Gibbs and his team at Posture Podiatry understand the body-mind connection. Looking to the root cause of foot and lower leg pain, the business combines traditional methods and a caring service experience to address the physical and mental aspects of the condition.

Princess Royal Station
2015 Telstra Medium Business Award
SA

Princess Royal Station

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

In the face of adversity, family-owned livestock business Princess Royal Station has risen to become a highly respected large-scale livestock enterprise. Situated in SA's historic pastoral centre of Burra, it was formed in 2003 from an existing business, T&R Pastoral, by Simon Rowe and his father and industry figure, the late Robert Rowe.

Princess Royal Station
2015 Telstra Regional Business Award
SA

Princess Royal Station

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

In the face of adversity, family-owned livestock business Princess Royal Station has risen to become a highly respected large-scale livestock enterprise. Situated in SA's historic pastoral centre of Burra, it was formed in 2003 from an existing business, T&R Pastoral, by Simon Rowe and his father and industry figure, the late Robert Rowe.

Red Robot
2015 Telstra Small Business Award
State Winner ACT

Red Robot

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

Duncan Amos and Phil Preston started building portable booths in 2008 while running their own photo booth rental company. Seeing an opportunity, the pair launched Red Robot to provide a better way for people to operate a Photo Booth hire business with less hassle, in less time while reducing costs and increasing profits.

Setec
2015 Telstra Medium Business Award
VIC

Setec

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

Despite more than 45 years of designing and manufacturing power solutions, Melbourne's Setec is still full of bright ideas. In 1968, personal assistant Jill Lloyd and electrical engineer Peter Lloyd left their jobs to start their own business. Operating from their garage, the technically-minded couple started Setec - a supplier of leading edge power products.

Shift Property Styling
2015 Telstra Micro Business Award
TAS

Shift Property Styling

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

Adam and Donielle Luttrell created a business aimed at styling a home to create an emotional response from prospective buyers. The pair believed this crucial element was lacking in Tasmania's property market so they launched consultancy Shift Property Styling in 2006 to help homeowners achieve premium selling prices.

Skin Smart Australia
2015 Telstra Regional Business Award
VIC

Skin Smart Australia

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

Jane Homberger and Hillary McGregor-Potter's roving assessment and education service, Skin Smart Australia, is helping Australians spot skin cancers early. Formed in 2012, Melbourne's Skin Smart takes skin cancer checks and education into the workplace.

Southern Cotton Pty Ltd
2015 Telstra Regional Business Award
NSW

Southern Cotton Pty Ltd

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

Tired of carting their cotton 400 kilometres to get ginned, and spending a fortune to do so, six Murrumbidgee farmers pooled resources to build their own gin. Southern Cotton Pty Ltd was born in 2011 with a vision to give southern NSW farmers fast, quality ginning and to promote cotton as a profitable alternative crop.

Stepping Stones In Life Therapy Service
2015 Telstra Micro Business Award
NT

Stepping Stones In Life Therapy Service

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

Barbara Kapser launched Stepping Stones In Life Therapy Service in 2011. As a private multi-disciplinary practice located in Millner, it provides allied health therapeutic services for children, adolescents and adults across the Northern Territory.

Styling You with Nikki Parkinson
2015 Telstra Micro Business Award
QLD

Styling You with Nikki Parkinson

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

Starting as a personal stylist in 2008, Nikki Parkinson launched the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog Styling You to help market the fledging business. Popularity of the blog exploded and in 2012 Nikki ceased personal styling appointments to concentrate on growing her thriving online audience.

Synergy Group
2015 Telstra Medium Business Award
ACT

Synergy Group

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

Synergy Group Australia was established in 1999 and specialises in accounting and consulting services for government agencies. It covers every aspect of the government financial framework and requirements from legislation, business processes, information systems, audit, governance, risk and compliance.

Tú Projects
2015 Telstra Medium Business Award
QLD

Tú Projects

"I push for quality results and support my staff encouraging them to be the best they can be. I seek to fill people with purpose and give them a reason why." Rob Rowe, Founder

Tú Projects plans, designs, builds and maintains shop fit-outs offering a range of services from estimation, project coordination and management to construction, maintenance and warranty for a range of sectors including hospitality and food service, to retail, commercial and medical.

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