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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

Spell and The Gypsy Collective

2016 Telstra Australian Business of the Year

"We're demonstrating to the fashion industry how a female-centric small business can grow and flourish in regional Australia." Elizabeth Abegg, Owner and Founder

Spell and The Gypsy Collective is an Australian fashion and lifestyle brand with a continually expanding international presence. With a celebrity following that includes the likes of Alessandra Ambrosio and Katy Perry, the label is fast becoming recognised in global fashion circles for its grassroots approach to business and fashion.
NSW

National category winners

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2016 Telstra Australian Micro Business Award
ACT

iSimulate

"We believe that we are at the forefront of the ideas boom, as advances in technology increasingly influence our culture. We realised five years ago that an iPad was more than just a touch screen computer, it was a device that could be used to lead the way in medical simulation." Peter Mckie, Co-Founder & CEO

Whilst defibrillators are literally life savers, they are expensive and cost prohibitive for training purposes. iSimulate sought to alleviate this problem by developing emergency, obstetric and stethoscope iPad simulator systems.

2016 Telstra Australian Medium Business Award
NSW

Jewel Fine Foods

"We are driven by the core belief that taste and quality should never be compromised for convenience meals." Kishore Matta, Co-Owner & Managing Director

Jewel Fine Foods products supply just that: fresh, authentic, premium quality products, available through major supermarkets. Since its inception in 1997, Jewel Fine Foods has established itself as the leading manufacturer in the rapidly growing chilled ready-to-eat meals, soups and breads sector.

2016 Telstra Australian Charity Award
VIC

Snowdome Foundation

"Snowdome is fast-tracking clinical trials by providing multi-year infrastructure funding to get trials activated. No other organisation is solely focused on this research opportunity for Australian blood cancer patients." Professor Miles Prince AM - Co-founder

Formed in 2010, the Snowdome Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to help those fighting against blood cancers and bone marrow failure syndromes (BMFS) live longer, better lives.

2016 Telstra Australian Small Business Award
NSW

Spell and The Gypsy Collective

"We're demonstrating to the fashion industry how a female-centric small business can grow and flourish in regional Australia." Elizabeth Abegg, Owner and Founder

Spell and The Gypsy Collective is an Australian fashion and lifestyle brand with a continually expanding international presence. With a celebrity following that includes the likes of Alessandra Ambrosio and Katy Perry, the label is fast becoming recognised in global fashion circles for its grassroots approach to business and fashion.

2016 Telstra Australian New Business Award
QLD

Tow.com.au

"Our customers are frequently broken down and stranded in remote areas with no distinguishable landmarks, which makes position identification very difficult. We strive to use technology and innovation to provide efficiencies and eliminate challenges and obstacles." Dominic Holland, CEO and Managing Director

Through its first-of-a-kind automated towing dispatch platform, Tow.com.au provides rapid deployment of assets nationally, backed by its dedication to customer service.

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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2016 Telstra New Business Award
State Winner SA

Adelaide Green Clean

"Sustainability is central to our business model. One of our core values is 'environment first' and we are passionate about providing our clients with a cost-effective cleaning and recycling solution incorporating unique processes that we have developed." Jordan Walsh, Managing Director

Adelaide Green Clean is a customer focused provider of environmentally sustainable cleaning and waste management solutions set on revolutionising the traditional cleaning industry.

2016 Telstra New Business Award
VIC

Artlivemedia

"Many marketing managers are held accountable for unrealistic targets, or having to prove the benefits of their digital marketing spend, without a clear view of what channels to prioritise. We help forecast marketing results using 'Predictor', which combines data and customer insight."Michelle Bourke, Founder and CEO

Artlivemedia is a digital growth agency focused on driving demand and conversion for brands through specialist services in search marketing, digital advertising, conversion optimisation and digital analytics, web application and website development, and call centre operations and technology.

2016 Telstra Small Business Award
VIC

b.box for kids

"Our mission from the outset was to be commercially successful and build a global brand, recognised for its cool ideas and practical product execution." Dannielle Michaels, Co-founder and Director

Dannielle and Monique saw a gap in the market for an all-in-one portable baby change solution and so, b.box was born. b.box for kids designs, manufactures and distributes products for the 0-3 years market, focussing primarily on feeding and nappy changing both at home and on the go.

2016 Telstra Charity Award
SA

Barkuma

"Barkuma focuses on ability rather than disability. We empower people so they can achieve rewarding jobs, learn new skills and explore their talents." Geoff Blackwood, CEO

Nearly fifty years ago, ten parents of children with an intellectual disability in Adelaide's Northern suburbs, successfully lobbied for the establishment of Barkuma, a school, kindergarten and workshop, which provides vital services to promote inclusion in the community. Barkuma is the Aboriginal word meaning 'to aid', and that is just what this not-for-profit organisation does.

2016 Telstra Medium Business Award
SA

Barossa Fine Foods

"We are early adopters of trends and changes. We invest great energy in research & development to adapt our offering to our customer lifestyle." Franz Knoll, Managing Director

Barossa Fine Foods is a successful meat and smallgoods business, begun 25 years ago on a kitchen counter. As a diverse business, Barossa Fine Foods is constantly looking to innovate and develop its offerings, and always involving its customers in the process.

2016 Telstra Small Business Award
State Winner TAS

Bridestowe Estate

"Bridestowe Estate presents a comprehensive agri-tourism experience in that it encourages visitors to experience the "end-to-end" components of large scale agriculture, harvestings, fine oil distillation and value-added manufacturing and then purchase these items on site." Robert Ravens, Managing Director

Bridestowe Estate is an agri-tourism business and world-class producer of lavender oil and associated products, which are available in all major Australian capital cities, airports and are exported throughout Asia.

2016 Telstra Charity Award
NSW

Butterfly Foundation

"Butterfly Foundation was founded to raise awareness, reduce stigma, change the culture of treatment and support, and raise funds from government and philanthropy to invest in support services for people suffering from eating disorders." Christine Morgan, CEO and Director

National charity, Butterfly Foundation, seeks to raise awareness of the neuro-psychiatric disorders known as eating disorders at all levels of government and community, with a particular focus on the experiences of individuals and their carers.

2016 Telstra Medium Business Award
State Winner ACT

Capital Airport Group

"As the aviation gateway to Australia's capital city, Canberra Airport makes a major contribution to the local and national economy." Stephen Byron, Managing Director

With a vision of building the world's best small airport, Capital Airport Group has invested $2 billion in the modernisation of Canberra Airport. Making the most of his property expertise, Snow developed 200,000m2 of office, retail and accommodation space adjacent to the airport, and used the revenue generated from the project to fund the redevelopments.

2016 Telstra New Business Award
TAS

Cataract on Paterson

"We offer a unique Launceston dining experience that focuses on supporting seasonal products and local Tasmanian producers. I am also committed to employing and supporting local apprentices and trainees. Our staff are our secret recipe." Karen Burbury, Managing Director

Providing contemporary cuisine, polished service and quirky charm makes Cataract on Paterson a Launceston dining experience like no other. With a love of the farming lifestyle, Karen Burbury oversees the restaurant with dedication to sustainable development, focusing on the use of seasonal products and supporting Tasmanian producers.

2016 Telstra Micro Business Award
NT

Champagne Dance Fitness Studio

"We provide women with a fun fitness alternative in a positive, supportive and motivating environment. It is an opportunity for women of all ages to boost their confidence and become empowered in their bodies." Kerryn Luby, Owner

Champagne Dance Fitness Studio; an alternative fitness option for women. The studio offers women a range of classes including pole dancing, dance aerobics, flexible fitness and ladies boot camp, which are designed for women of any age and any fitness level.

2016 Telstra Charity Award
TAS

Hobart City Mission

"We are leading the way in changing how the not-for-profit sector addresses unmet needs of the community, by actively identifying service gaps and developing solutions." John Stubley, CEO

Hobart City Mission is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation that provides help and support to people in need in Southern Tasmania. The Mission offers emergency assistance and a range of other support services and programs, to enable people to participate in community life to the best of their ability.

2016 Telstra Charity Award
State Winner NT

HPA "Helping People Achieve"

"We are inspiring and empowering people with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives. Our employees and clients are developing confidence, independence and life skills enabling them to live an everyday life in a world where there are no barriers." Tony Burns, CEO

Formed by Darwin locals Harold and Peg Garner, HPA "Helping People Achieve" has offered supported employment and accommodation options to Territorians living with disabilities since 1963. Their passion and commitment to provide a better lifestyle for people with disabilities has led to the ongoing development of HPA Services for over 50 years.

2016 Telstra Small Business Award
QLD

In Safe Hands Educators In Safety

"In establishing cost-effective, industry specific training, using multiple delivery types, we challenge the traditional in-house training methods of the sector to meet professional development." Michael Pecic, CEO

In Safe Hands Educators in Safety is a professional development training organisation in the early years sector specialising in providing industry training in child protection and safety. In Safe Hands has formed partnerships with other specialised trainers, forming a business model which provides licensees with a cost effective solution for quality training.

2016 Telstra Micro Business Award
ACT

iSimulate

"We believe that we are at the forefront of the ideas boom, as advances in technology increasingly influence our culture. We realised five years ago that an iPad was more than just a touch screen computer, it was a device that could be used to lead the way in medical simulation." Peter Mckie, Co-Founder & CEO

Whilst defibrillators are literally life savers, they are expensive and cost prohibitive for training purposes. iSimulate sought to alleviate this problem by developing emergency, obstetric and stethoscope iPad simulator systems.

2016 Telstra Medium Business Award
NSW

Jewel Fine Foods

"We are driven by the core belief that taste and quality should never be compromised for convenience meals." Kishore Matta, Co-Owner & Managing Director

Jewel Fine Foods products supply just that: fresh, authentic, premium quality products, available through major supermarkets. Since its inception in 1997, Jewel Fine Foods has established itself as the leading manufacturer in the rapidly growing chilled ready-to-eat meals, soups and breads sector.

2016 Telstra Micro Business Award
QLD

Lingua Franca

"By using our learning systems, students can have a clear and logical path to learning French. We implement frequent milestones to maintain enthusiasm and ensure success." Katrina Waugh, Owner

Lingua Franca offers private, group or specialist lessons and caters mainly to adult learners. Katrina and her team are aware that most students are taking these classes in their leisure time so seek to make the lessons enjoyable and stress-free.

2016 Telstra Micro Business Award
VIC

Little Innoscents

"My aspiration is for every consumer to be able to have the choice to experience pure and natural products which are better for themselves, their children and the environment." Antonette Golikidis, Founder

Drawing from her experience and qualifications in health sciences and natural therapies Antonette embarked on her journey to develop Little Innoscents, Australian-made organic solutions for both mother and baby. The multi-purpose range therapeutically treats eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, dryness and sensitivity.

2016 Telstra Micro Business Award
TAS

Mode Electrical

"We do not compromise on quality and we do not take short cuts. We travel the journey with our clients through the entire process, from initial consultation to installation and final handover." Martin Dingemanse, Owner

Mode Electrical designs, supplies and installs solar power systems for home, business and commercial applications. Business owner, Martin Dingemanse, and his team custom build systems that are designed to power homes in remote locations.

2016 Telstra Micro Business Award
SA

Nature's Quest

"We are passionate about creating a natural and affordable skincare product our customers can use without fear of exposure to harsh chemicals." Edwina Pearce, Owner

Nature's Quest manufactures and supplies environmentally-friendly skin and hair care products which are free from harsh chemicals, parabens, artificial colours and fragrances. Nature's Quest has overcome their share of setbacks - jostling for competitive shelf space at chemists, health food stores, and supermarkets.

2016 Telstra Small Business Award
SA

Positive Lending Solutions

"We're challenging the finance industry with a scalable business model driven by emerging technology." Tom Caesar, Managing Director

Founded in mid-2009 in the thick of the Global Financial Crisis, leading online finance broker, Positive Lending Solutions, provides car and asset finance, insurance and home loans to time-poor customers across Australia, and aims to empower Australians with knowledge in order to make wise financial decisions.

2016 Telstra Medium Business Award
State Winner QLD

QUIK CORP

"As an Australian manufacturer, we are very aware that to remain viable, we must innovate and manufacture quality Australian-made products." David Wardle, Managing Director

QUIK CORP is defying the odds of the Australian manufacturing industry by focussing its efforts on innovation and providing premium services to its diverse range of clients. The company supplies premium equipment and vehicles to the agricultural, emergency services and mining industries.

2016 Telstra New Business Award
ACT

Relken Engineering Pty Ltd

"People often struggle to predict or manage uncertain events, resulting in decisions that do not accurately consider the potential impacts on their business objectives." Benjamin Mailler, Director

Relken Engineering Pty Ltd helps its clients measure, understand and then improve the performance of their physical assets in order to increase productivity and reduce total cost of ownership.

2016 Telstra Charity Award
ACT

Ronald McDonald House Canberra

"Over our 30+ years we have learned that it is the small things we are able to do to support a family that will more often mean the most to them." Michelle McCormack, Executive Officer

Ronald McDonald House Canberra is part of a global charity founded 40 years ago in Philadelphia by four people who saw a need for accommodation for families going through childhood illness. The Canberra house features 11 guestrooms for the families of sick kids.

2016 Telstra Micro Business Award
NSW

Rufus & Coco Pty Ltd

"We offer a unique solution to retailers in the pet category. We have created a carefully collated cross-category range of well-branded products that offer improved solutions to pets' everyday health and care needs." Anneke van den Broek, CEO

With a marketing and business background, Anneke set out on a mission to create an Australian pet brand that offers inspired, trusted and original products that make a genuine difference in pets' lives. The Rufus & Coco range currently includes vitamins, grooming, cleaning products, litter and accessories.

2016 Telstra New Business Award
NSW

Sendle

"We are committed to creating a remarkable user experience, and have placed customer-centricity and word-of-mouth at the heart of our growth strategy. Our vision is to enable anyone in the world to send a parcel to anyone in the world, with a minimum order quantity of one." Craig Davis, Co-Founder and CMO

Sendle is an online service that unlocks the power of big business delivery networks for two million small businesses in Australia. Sendle picks up and delivers parcels with low, national flat-rates across Australia, making parcel delivery simple, reliable and affordable for small business.

2016 Telstra Charity Award
VIC

Snowdome Foundation

"Snowdome is fast-tracking clinical trials by providing multi-year infrastructure funding to get trials activated. No other organisation is solely focused on this research opportunity for Australian blood cancer patients." Professor Miles Prince AM - Co-founder

Formed in 2010, the Snowdome Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to help those fighting against blood cancers and bone marrow failure syndromes (BMFS) live longer, better lives.

2016 Telstra Small Business Award
State Winner NSW

Spell and The Gypsy Collective

"We're demonstrating to the fashion industry how a female-centric small business can grow and flourish in regional Australia." Elizabeth Abegg, Owner and Founder

Spell and The Gypsy Collective is an Australian fashion and lifestyle brand with a continually expanding international presence. With a celebrity following that includes the likes of Alessandra Ambrosio and Katy Perry, the label is fast becoming recognised in global fashion circles for its grassroots approach to business and fashion.

2016 Telstra New Business Award
NT

Territory Logistic Solutions Pty Ltd

"By assessing the needs of our customers, we are able to address their individual requirements and offer multiple options based on cost, time frames and regulations." Taryn Batenburg, Director

Territory Logistic Solutions Pty Ltd provides specialised transport and logistic solutions for customers who demand a professional, cost-effective and dynamic solution for both general and project cargo. Providing end-to-end project management, the business incorporates personalised services with experienced operational compliance to health, safety and the environment.

2016 Telstra Small Business Award
ACT

The Rehabilitation Specialists

"Our achievements and growth can be attributed to the quality of our work, our committed team and our relationships with our clients. We've built what we aimed to build by staying true to our values and remaining adaptable to market needs." Fiona Fonti, Managing Director

The Rehabilitation Specialists launched in June 2012 when co-founder Fiona Fonti identified a business opportunity to create her own venture in rehabilitation services. The core of the business is about helping people return to health and return to work.

2016 Telstra Small Business Award
NT

Top End Medical Centre

"We aim to give our patients the highest possible quality of care, by ensuring excellence in all aspects of our practise." Jacqueline Brandner, Practice Manager

Top End Medical Centre has been providing residents of Darwin and its surrounds with access to quality medical care. The clinic offers a holistic approach to medicine, and is able to provide access to dermatology, travel medicine, ophthalmology, paediatrics, psychology and women's health experts to those patients that require extra care.

2016 Telstra New Business Award
QLD

Tow.com.au

"Our customers are frequently broken down and stranded in remote areas with no distinguishable landmarks, which makes position identification very difficult. We strive to use technology and innovation to provide efficiencies and eliminate challenges and obstacles." Dominic Holland, CEO and Managing Director

Through its first-of-a-kind automated towing dispatch platform, Tow.com.au provides rapid deployment of assets nationally, backed by its dedication to customer service.

2016 Telstra Medium Business Award
State Winner VIC

Vinomofo

"Our mofo tribe of more than 400,000 customers is helping us with our business mission: Saving the wine world!" André Eikmeier, Co-founder and Joint-CEO

Vinomofo is an online wine store which promises to change your wine purchasing experience. Started in 2007 by two brothers-in-law, André Eikmeier and Justin Dry, the business wanted to disrupt the wine industry which, according to them, had grown conservative and intimidating for consumers.

2016 Telstra Charity Award
QLD

World Wellness Group

"Our vision of building health equity was founded in response to addressing a key gap in access to health care for marginalised population groups, such as disadvantaged migrants, refugees and asylum seekers." Rita Prasad-Ildes, Founding Director

World Wellness Group is a social enterprise multicultural health and wellbeing organisation which runs a clinic for socially disadvantaged people including refugees, asylum seekers, and marginalised migrants.

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