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2018 Finalists

Celebrating ‘that’ moment for our finalists

The 2018 Telstra Business Awards finalists represent the highest achievers in Australian business. The Awards aim to celebrate the most innovative and entrepreneurial businesses across four categories, designed to recognise small to medium businesses in their respective fields.

Learn more about this year’s finalists below – find out who they are, where they’re from and how they came to be ‘that’ business achieving even more in 2018.

Key dates
Wednesday 4 July

South Australian ‘That’ Business Masterclass

At ‘That’ Business Masterclass, 2018 finalists will have exclusive access to industry leaders and the opportunity to partake in hands on skill development exercises.

Thursday 5 July

South Australia State Awards Dinner

Join us at the South Australian 2018 Telstra Business Awards dinner, to celebrate some of Australia’s most innovative and entrepreneurial businesses.

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2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
QLD

Active Truth

“We want to inspire women to live healthy and active lives by producing high quality activewear for all women, regardless of their shape, size or stage of life.” Stevie Angel, Co-Founder

Co-founders Stevie Angel and Nadia Tucker discovered that buying new active wear post pregnancy was a challenge and from there stemmed Active Truth, an online active wear company that caters to, and celebrates, all women regardless of their shape, size or stage of life.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
SA

Adelaide's Haunted Horizons Ghost Tours

“We want to provide the ultimate dark tourism experience to our guests – something that they will remember for their lifetime – and carry out this function in a factual, fun way.” Alison Oborn, Owner

Founder Alison Oborn has always been fascinated with the paranormal and has been active in heritage and tourism for over 25 years. In 2010, she found a way to bring her two passions together and Haunted Horizons was born. She now runs ghost tours, dark history excursions and paranormal investigations across South Australia’s most iconic haunted venues.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
SA

Altitude Advisory

“Our focus is on helping clients to build better businesses which, in turn, helps them to live better lives.” Andrew Mattner, Director

Altitude Advisory is on a mission to help people build and run better businesses. From a suburban accounting practice over twenty-five years ago, the business has transformed to become a technology-led advisory company dedicated to giving business owners the focus, advice and tools they need to get their lives back.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
SA

Animal Therapeutics Online

“As a provider of performance equipment that enables sport horses to perform at their peak, we exist to help our riders and trainers to achieve their goals.” Jo Schneider, Director

Horse trainers, Animal Therapeutics Online, use the latest therapy equipment to ensure horses are prepared for competition enabling them to perform to the best of their ability and recover quickly.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
QLD

Audience Group Agency

“We know that by harnessing media and creativity with data, there is a better way to focus on the things that are important, and to reach audiences that have a high propensity to buy a product.” Tom Evans, Managing Director

Steering away from the traditional model of a media/advertising agency Audience Group Agency is a media agency that uses data points from target audiences to understand what messages are going to appeal to what audiences, often before the creative process even starts.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
SA

Australian Medical Placements

“It’s well known that there are not enough doctors in Australia. If we don’t fill the vacant shifts, the public could be at risk. Our business fills every possible shift requested because it is simply non-negotiable.” Jodi Duyster, Director

With an extensive network and knowledge of the medical industry, Australian Medical Placements (AMP) delivers the ideal medical recruitment solutions that meet clients’ staffing requirements by matching highly qualified doctors to short, long or permanent placements.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
QLD

AV Technology

"We strive to lead the audio-visual industry by creating memorable experiences for our clients and partners using the latest technology." Graham Evans, CEO

Founded in 1987, AVT helps organisations make the best technology decisions in order for them to teach, reach, collaborate and share ideas.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
TAS

Biteable

“If people and businesses can communicate clearly, they have a greater chance of achieving their goals. We make this possible by giving everyone the opportunity to create engaging video content.” Tommy Fotak, Co-Founder

Biteable, was founded in 2014 with the mission to make studio-quality video – an increasingly standard form of communication – accessible to all. Thanks to intuitive design and high-end content, the company empowers people to make professional video content in minutes.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
QLD

CartonCloud

“We're enabling small and medium sized logistics companies to be competitive with the industry giants by developing easy-to-use cloud-based technology.” Vincent Fletcher, Co-Founder

CartonCloud was originally developed to save a refrigerated transport and warehousing company from bankruptcy. The business is now used by over 90 carriers and warehouses across Australia and New Zealand after new owners Nic Comrie and Vincent Fletcher solved the company’s key challenge, poorly managed administration and operation costs, with a new software solution.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
TAS

Coder College

“Coder College operates to give every child the confidence and skills essential for their future, by providing fun and exciting courses in coding.” Chris Deeley, Founder/CEO

After being approached by a number of parents who had been hearing about the importance of coding, computing teacher, Chris Deeley, came to the realisation that demand was far outweighing supply when it came to coding programs. Chris established Coder College to bridge this gap.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
QLD

Conversion Kings

“Online conversion rate optimisation is both an art and a science. We help clients identify what is stopping their visitors from taking a desired action, develop solutions to solve, then scientifically test to provide validated recommendations.” Matthew Pezzimenti, Founder and Director

Founder Matthew Pezzimenti set out with a big vision: he wanted to build an agency which set the global standard for conversion rate optimisation (CRO). Since 2014, Conversion Kings has been helping clients improve their user experience for website visitors, generate more conversions online and ultimately improve profitability.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
ACT

CopperTree Analytics Australia

“We spotted an opportunity to completely change the way commercial buildings are maintained. Using big data, we are addressing the growing demand for building energy management services.” Chris Stamatis, Director

CopperTree Analytics Australia provides the commercial building market a software platform that helps lower carbon emissions and streamline building maintenance processes. By using Big Data, it wants to disrupt the traditional building industry.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
ACT

Corporate Catering by Mr Cappuccino

“To survive in the saturated world of catering and make a profit, you have to stand out from the crowd by being the best of the best.” Nicholas Pinter, Sales and Marketing Manager

Established in 1994, Corporate Catering by Mr Cappuccino began as a mobile espresso bar and has grown into a multifaceted business. Mr Cappuccino now consists of multiple espresso bars located in government and commercial buildings, and wholesale food production kitchen preparing goods for its cafes and corporate catering service.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
SA

Cowell Electric Supply

“I believe the essence of a successful business is having a vision, a dream for the future, sharing it with others and then having the confidence in your own ability and that of those around you to make it happen." Sue Chase, Managing Director

Cowell Electric Supply specialises in providing design, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance services in mining, oil and gas industries, renewable energy, defence and land subdivisions in remote and regional Australia.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
TAS

Crusader Homes

“We are passionate about helping people with challenges enjoy a beautiful well-designed home, made just to suit their circumstances.” Justin Derksen, Director

When co-founder Justin Derksen read an article on the lack of quality housing in Tasmania, he believed that by building just a small portion of those houses, they would be able to reduce the housing need in the region. Crusader Homes is dedicated to helping the development of the Derwent Valley Region by creating low cost, quality housing with a dash of community mindedness.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
ACT

Datapod

“Creating the world’s best data centre solution is the inspiration behind Datapod. We want to become the name synonymous with high-quality manufactured data centres worldwide.” Scott Carr, Managing Director

Canberra-based engineering firm Datapod is driving cost-efficiencies and reducing the environmental impact of data centre facilities with a modular design that can adapt to client’s specific needs. This unique approach helps clients reduce their capital risk and improve operational efficiency.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
TAS

Digital Noir

“Pursuing our goal, to be the most sought-after boutique digital agency in Adelaide is a journey. Throughout that journey, we focus on delivering quality work. We never settle for ‘just OK’.” Sam Davies, Owner

Digital Noir is an Adelaide-based digital agency with a strong sense of purpose: They Give A Damn. Whether it be web design, app development or digital marketing, founder Sam Davies and his team focus on listening to their clients and providing a simple, stress-free service.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
ACT

Disability Leadership Institute

“The Institute was established by leaders with disabilities, for leaders with disabilities to change the way leadership is understood.” Christina Ryan, CEO/Founder

People with disabilities have little presence in politics, high levels of business or government, or on ASX boards. And if they are, they are more often than not expected to only be experts in disability-related areas. Christina Ryan established the Disability Leadership Institute in 2016 to address this imbalance by offering coaching, training and connection to opportunities.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
TAS

Evans IGA Supermarket

“As a 120-year-old retail store, our business makes a difference to the day-to-day lives of Queenstown locals as they can get most of what they need at their doorstep, at really competitive prices.” Adam Mansson, Managing Director

Evans IGA Supermarket is the longest serving family-owned retail business in Tasmania. Originally established by the Evans family in 1898, it strives to give the most enjoyable, unique grocery shopping experience to valued customers, while supporting and engaging the local Queenstown community.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
TAS

Find Your Feet Australia

“We believe we have succeeded in our mission when we observe people playing wilder and enjoying an outdoor lifestyle. Sharing in their successes and excitement reiterates what we ourselves love and how we ‘find our feet’.” Hanny Allston, Founding Director

Find Your Feet Australia is a multi-faceted independent company that is devoted to providing an exceptional retail experience and quality education to inspire the community to enjoy an outdoors lifestyle and ‘find their feet’.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
QLD

Fuel Your Life

“Our dietetics programs achieve greater results than traditional services. We help the older population improve their physical and mental health. Helping them achieve their goals in the short and long term” Tyson Tripcony, Managing Director

Each week, thousands of clients are helped by Fuel Your Life’s experienced dietitians to achieve their health and lifestyle goals. The team have a specific focus on providing convenient dietetic services to older members of the Australian community, including war veterans and those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
QLD

Future Fitouts QLD

“It's more than just building new walls and putting in new doors. We transform a space and create new and inspiring environments for our clients to thrive and succeed.” Aaron Lowe, Co-Founder / Managing Director

Founded in 2010, Future Fitouts is a commercial fitout company that empowers businesses to transform work spaces into inspiring environments.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
SA

GD Pharma

“Our aspiration is to provide life-changing pharmaceuticals and solutions for patients, by addressing unmet medical needs in hospitals and ambulance services.” Antony Condina, CEO

GD Pharma is a progressive speciality pharmaceutical company that develops and commercialises innovative drugs and drug delivery systems that improves a patient’s quality of life.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
ACT

GoBoat Canberra

“Our biggest achievement is watching our customers return to the dock with huge smiles on their faces, having experienced Canberra in a totally new way, and having shared it with the people they love.” Nick Tyrrell, Owner

Founded on the idea of creating a sustainable outdoor experience, GoBoat Canberra offers people the chance to enjoy boating on Lake Burley Griffin where they can chart their own adventure, hot drinks and grazing platters included.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
SA

Happy Way

“We want our protein powders to make women all over the world feel positive about their body and empowered to make an impact on their life.” Hien Nguyen, Co-Founder

Working as a personal trainer for over 15 years, Hien Nguyen would have many of his female clients asking for suggestions of protein powders as most formulas were designed for male bodies. After months of researching and gathering data, Hien and his co-founder Ben Germein, had a break through and created Happy Way protein powder.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
QLD

HeliMods

“As a progressive technology organisation, we’re dedicated to advancing the capability of helicopter rotary-wing operations worldwide.” Will Shrapnel, Founder

Founded in 2002 by Will Shrapnel, Helimods was built on an appreciation of, and a thirst to understand, the technical complexity and mission versatility of helicopters. As a technology company, it delivers innovative products and services for rotary-wing operations in Australia and around the world.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
TAS

Hobart Brewing Company

“We believe in good people. We also believe in good beer. Our vision is to continue bringing the two together. Good beer with good people.” Brendan Parnell, General Manager

Hobart Brewing Company is on a mission to bring good beer back to the local community, and new life to an unloved corner of Hobart. As well as innovating with barrel-aged beers, the business collaborates with the local distilling, cider and food industries to create exciting beers with seasonal ingredients, such as apples, bacon and even maple syrup.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
ACT

HorizonOne Recruitment

“We spotted a gap in the employment market for a truly consultative recruitment experience. Canberrans don’t want to be sold something. They want a partnership with a recruiter they can trust.” Simon Cox, Director

Believing the days of recruiters trading resumes found on SEEK for fees were numbered, the founders recognised that clients and candidates were crying out for a value-add, consultative approach. Candidates and clients want to know they have someone ‘in their corner’ when navigating the challenges of recruitment. HorizonOne seeks to bridge the gap between talent and opportunity through insight.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
TAS

House of Dance Tasmania

“My philosophy is to encourage dancers of all skills and levels and abilities to dance. I want to excite the hearts and minds of all the dancers who walk through my doors each week.” Michelle Williams, Owner

As an ambitious young dancer, Michelle Williams had to leave Tasmania to find professional training. Some years later, after a successful performing arts career, she returned with the mission to unlock opportunities for aspiring dancers in her home state. And so, House of Dance Tasmania was born.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
ACT

iSimulate Pty Ltd

“Our aim is to provide tools to improve access to quality, affordable health simulation. This in turn will help increase the quality of patient care.” Dr Anthony Lewis, Co-Founder

Intensive care paramedic Peter Mckie and anaesthetist Dr Anthony Lewis sought to solve the challenge of expensive simulation technology for medical education by converting ordinary iPads into world-class medical training devices.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
TAS

Kid Sense Child Development

“Our concept is based on a model seen in the US but never in Australia before: a paediatric occupational therapy clinic that specialised in the private treatment of children with attention and behavioural issues.” Joanna Buttfield, Founder and Executive Director – Clinical Operations

Kid Sense Child Development is one of South Australia's leading private providers of paediatric occupational therapy and speech pathology services to children with disabilities and developmental challenges.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
SA

Kid Sense Child Development

“Our concept is based on a model seen in the US but never in Australia before: a paediatric occupational therapy clinic that specialised in the private treatment of children with attention and behavioural issues.” Joanna Buttfield, Founder and Executive Director – Clinical Operations

Kid Sense Child Development is one of South Australia's leading private providers of paediatric occupational therapy and speech pathology services to children with disabilities and developmental challenges.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
TAS

Kingthing Marketing

“We are a team of marketers who love to help businesses reach their full potential. Our philosophy is to prioritise fun and create an enjoyable workplace for everyone, while still being successful. In fact, ‘having fun’ is part of our job descriptions.” Rob King, CEO

Founders Rebecca and Rob King strongly believe that if people spend so much time at work, they should enjoy it. Based in Launceston, Kingthing Marketing is helping small businesses navigate the ever-changing world of digital marketing, while creating a great place to work.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
QLD

Life Portraits

“In the creation of the Life Portraits partnership, we took a risk by stepping away from our own personal businesses to collaborate and create something new and greater than its constituent parts.” Emily Clarke, Co-Owner/Partner

Stemming from very different demographic and generational backgrounds, photographers Andrew Jarvie & Emily Clarke merged their skills, knowledge and personalities three years ago to form Life Portraits. A photography business that specialises in commercial, family, weddings, fitness and beauty photoshoots as well as workshops to rural and metro parts of Australia.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
SA

Link4 Australia

“A major pain point for small businesses is invoice processing. We developed the technology that not only fixes the problem, but also keeps delivering benefits for them.” Robin Sands, CEO

Founded by Robin Sands and Sam Hassan, Link4 addresses a painful and daily issue for most SMBs: invoice processing. Link4’s vision is to be the number one invoice delivery choice for small and medium businesses, to help them save time and increase control over their cashflow.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
TAS

Meru Foods

“We are focused on using the best available local ingredients and growing the local demand for an Australian-made Miso and other Japanese food products.” Meagan de Bono, Co-Founder

Chris & Meagan de Bono founded Meru Miso in Melbourne in 2015, with the intention of creating an authentic fresh miso the whole world could enjoy. Today, they are based in Tasmania and are continuing to pioneer the commercial production of miso in Australia.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
SA

Mykra

“We strive to become the most trusted service provider for construction, maintenance, refurbishment and remediation across Australia. We build long-term relationships with our clients by servicing all stages of the building lifecycle.” Callan Cox, Managing Director

Managed by third-generation builder, Callan Cox, Mykra is a family-owned business delivering high-quality construction and maintenance services, drawing on six decades of building expertise.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
ACT

Old Bus Depot Markets

“Our market continues to change and evolve as we bring like-minded businesses together to trade with us. The variety of old and new stallholders every month, keeps our market alive and diverse.” Anthony Niravong, Director

The Old Bus Depot Markets hosts a variety of small business stallholders and has been a launching pad for local retailers, producers and artists, to allow them to gain enough traction to launch their own ventures, whether that be a storefront or an album.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
QLD

Orbitz Elevators

“At the heart of our identity and culture is an absolute commitment to exceed our customers’ needs and expectations.” Jonathan Dwayre, Owner/Managing Director

Orbitz Elevators is an elevator and escalator service provider that has grown to be a multimillion dollar company in three years. It aims to change the perception of elevator service providers by truly understanding customer expectations and addressing them with solutions that directly caters to their needs and requirements.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
QLD

Outstanding Displays

“We create value for our customers by using products that can be used repeatedly like building blocks. Our system is completely modular, meaning clients can adapt the size and shape of their event booths as needed.” Tom Meredith, Director

Fuelled by their passion for the exhibition industry, Tom Meredith and David Coulthard took a leap of faith and started Outstanding Displays, after discovering a gap in the market for large scale, visually appealing and affordable custom exhibition displays.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
QLD

Paronella Park

“Visitor numbers to the park are constantly growing, meaning that we have to grow and evolve with them to ensure our customers have an unforgettable experience.” Mark Evans, Director/Custodian of Paronella Park

The heritage-listed Paronella Park was built in the 1930s by Jose Paronella, a Spanish immigrant whose dream was to create a pleasure garden for visitors to enjoy. With over 7,500 tropical plants and trees, the lush rainforest boasts a 1930s castle, picnic areas by the waterfalls, tennis courts, bridges, and guest accommodation.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
QLD

PD Training

“We offer hundreds of courses as well as bespoke programs to ensure that we are able to provide our clients with the hands-on training they need to thrive in their business.” Curtis Chappell, Director of Marketing

PD Training is a global training and professional services company based in Australia. It empowers thousands of small, medium & large enterprises around the globe to achieve their business goals through professional development and training.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
ACT

Penten

“We focus on delivering disruptive cybersecurity capability to solve tomorrow's digital challenges. Our team can identify and solve the hard problems that others haven’t been able to unlock.” Matthew Wilson, CEO

Canberra-based cybersecurity firm Penten focuses on two core areas: enabling government users to access classified information on mobile devices and tricking and trapping attackers with realistic decoys using machine learning.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
SA

Physio Fit Adelaide

“We firmly believe that holistic healthcare must encompass a range of professionals with differing skill sets, yet a shared end goal: amazing client health outcomes and experiences.” Peter Flynn, Co-Director

Physio Fit Adelaide is on a mission to change the healthcare experience for the better. Starting as a physiotherapy clinic in 2014, the business now offers a multi-discipline experience of physiotherapy, podiatry, remedial massage therapy, strength and conditioning, body composition and sports bio-mechanical analysis – all under one roof.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
SA

PowerHealth

“Our commitment to take on what no other organisation seeks to do – streamlining public hospital costing and billing functions – and our constant focus on customer retention and R&D, has enabled our business to thrive for two decades.” Patrick Power, Managing Director

Established in 1995, PowerHealth is a global healthcare software partner, offering products to optimise efficiency and productivity in hospitals and other healthcare organisations.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
ACT

Projects Assured

“That we have achieved 100 consulting staff in just three years signals that our hard work, understanding of our clients, track record of delivering excellent value on every engagement and relentless focus on being Canberra’s best place to work has paid off.” Greg Sly, Executive General Manager

Since starting out in 2015, Projects Assured has relentlessly pursued one vision: to be Canberra's premier management consultancy and best place to work. The fast-growing consultancy works tirelessly to solve its clients’ most challenging business problems and deliver high quality outcomes in the public sector.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
QLD

Property Management Virtual Assistant

“We set out to change the way the property management industry traditionally performs its daily work, by providing solutions to common pain points: staff turnover, admin inconsistencies and scalability.” Tiffany Bowtell, Director

Property Management Virtual Assistant helps property management and real estate agencies save thousands per year on their fixed operating costs by reducing their back-office admin. It frees up the agencies’ time to focus on delivering quality service to their landlords and tenants.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
ACT

Rapid Context

“What motivates us and fuels our passion for work and life is contributing in a very real way towards building a better society through better thinking.” Dr Samantha Crompvoets, Director

Rapid Context was founded in 2015 to give people a sophisticated way to think about issues facing their organisations. By providing rapid delivery of in-depth research and analysis, the business helps organisations to develop and implement change, policies and programs.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
QLD

Red Cat Adventures

“Around 86% of our customers are international and travel up to 10,000km to experience the beauty of the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef. We take their once-in-a-lifetime experience very seriously.” Julie Telford, Co-Owner

Red Cat Adventures is a new, rapidly growing, family operated marine tourism business, owned by Julie and Asher Telford, offering visitors from around the globe ‘the adventure of a lifetime’ as they explore the spectacular Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
SA

Resolve Divorce Lawyers

“We’re disrupting the legal industry to inspire a change to the traditional way family law matters are negotiated to reduce the impact it is having on couples and families.” Rose Cocchiaro, Director and Solicitor

Resolve Divorce was created out of the need to improve the way couples and families experience divorce in Australia and to help lessen the impact.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
TAS

Rhuby Innovations

“Launching Rhuby Innovations was the culmination of more than two years of research and development, following an instinct that the combination of rhubarb and chocolate would be a success that had the potential to grow.” Malcolm Ryan, Owner/Manager

Founder of Rhuby Innovations, Malcolm Ryan, began growing an extraordinary variety of rhubarb over three years ago on his family farm. Typically perceived as an old-fashioned product, the business strives to make rhubarb ‘retro’ and new again, with its range of freeze dried, chocolate coated products.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
SA

Run Wild Productions

“Breaking the mould of traditional video production is the reason for doing what we do. We want to create a positive culture that opens the doors of possibilities. One where we empower our clients, our people and our stories.” Jared Nicholson, Co-Founder

Run Wild Productions is the brainchild of independent filmmakers Scott Baskett and Jared Nicholson, who have brought together their experiences and creativity to create meaningful video content.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
TAS

Scoot Boots

“We want to inspire, educate and advocate for a barefoot natural approach for horses around the globe, changing 1500 years of tradition. Our Scoot Boots allow horses to virtually go barefoot, an option that is much suitable to their overall health.” David MacDonald, Creator

Scoot Boots is the only Australian manufacturer of protective equine hoof boots. Creator and Co-Founder Dave MacDonald has been working with horses as a trainer and farrier for 30 years, so he knows the benefits of hoof boots, which are designed to allow horses to forgo the steel shoe.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
ACT

Skipper Care Australia

“We established Skipper Care to help people with a disability develop stronger living skills to increase their independence, and make sure that they can live a fulfilled, meaningful life”. Rebecca Skipper, CEO

Skipper Care is a family-focused disability support provider, specialising in arranging carers for those who need it. Founders Rebecca Skipper and Kagan Skipper, have built the business with an understanding around the challenges and rewards involved when caring for someone with a disability.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
ACT

Solace Creations

“It’s time we change the way consumers, builders, architects, the community and government think about windows and doors.” Karen Porter, Owner

Solace Creations was established in 2006 when owner, Karen Porter, saw a gap in the market after looking to buy good quality double-glazed windows and doors for her home. Since then, the company has helped Canberra builders, renovators and home owners save money on energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint with double-glazed windows and doors.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
QLD

Spencer Constructions

“Quality isn't just a word we use to describe the standard of our work or the materials we use. It is a word that runs through every aspect of our business: from the first contact a customer has with us through to the level of respect we show to our construction and collaborative partners.” Stuart Spencer, Business Operation Manager

Spencer Constructions was established in July 2012 by Benjamin Spencer as a carpentry business. It completes a range of projects including innovative residential and commercial building, from small renovations to architecturally designed new homes and new developments across south-east Queensland.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
ACT

SponServe

“We deliver the results needed today, and are on track to deliver the demands created by the rapidly growing and evolving sponsorship industry of tomorrow.” Mark Thompson, Managing Director

SponServe is a cloud-based rights-management platform for sponsorship professionals which started in Canberra but since spans Australasia, Europe and the USA. It provides a way of tracking and measuring sponsorship relationships for brands and rights owners including the English Premier League, the English FA, Williams F1 and AS Roma in Italy.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
ACT

Tatts On Tatts Off

“Body art can help clients express themselves or make them feel whole again after life-changing medical procedures like a mastectomy. It’s important to make tattoos more accessible to clients from all backgrounds, which is why we provide a clean-cut service.” Peter Bone, Founder, Owner and Operator

Tatts On Tatts Off (TOTO) is an independent, full service tattoo studio which provides creative and detailed tattoos and body piercing, but also tattoo removal, for those moments you’d rather forget. Founder, Peter Bone, also provides a free service for breast cancer survivors for realistic nipple tattooing.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
QLD

Virtual Legal

“We want to see a world where every person, no matter what they earn or where they live, can feel protected and have the basic legal knowledge they need to live happy, meaningful lives.” Katie Richards, CEO

Lawyer Katie Richards started Virtual Legal in 2013 to address the massive social issue of up to 85% of the population being unable to access legal help.

2018 Telstra Emerging & Energised
ACT

Vivid Accounting

“Accountants tend to follow a certain process because it’s always been done that way. We encourage our team to always examine the way we do things and strive to find a better solution.” Thomas Boyd, Partner

Canberra-based business Vivid Accounting was established in 2015 by Chartered Accountants James Watt and Thomas Boyd. The firm heroes the principles of transparency and innovation and is a departure from the ‘charge for every minute’ mantra of other firms.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
ACT

Wholistic Financial Solutions

“Our clients are the fundamental focus of our firm. We aim to always put our client's financial needs and goals first.” Catherine Smith, Director

From the very start of her career Catherine Smith had a vision of using her knowledge to help people build better lives for themselves. With this objective in mind, she set up the multi-disciplinary firm, Wholistic Financial Solutions in 2010.

2018 Telstra Medium & Making Waves
SA

Wines by Geoff Hardy

“Wines by Geoff Hardy are known for their tradition of quality, innovation, and premium production, which encompasses a unique 165-year-old family history of winemaking in South Australia.” Richard Dolan, CEO

Wines by Geoff Hardy is a 6th generation family-owned and operated wine company made up of three South Australian wineries. It’s products are rated five red stars by Australia’s most prominent wine critic, James Halliday, and their business was named Australian Wine Company of the Year in 2012 and 2014 by Australia’s leading wine publication, Winestate Magazine.

2018 Telstra Small & Succeeding
SA

You Legal

“Our mission is to transform the way legal services are delivered to clients, by removing or at least minimising costs and overheads while maximising productivity and value received by clients.” Sarah Bartholomeusz, Principal

Founded by Principal, Sarah Bartholomeusz, You Legal is virtual law firm providing corporate and commercial legal services to clients online. This business model allows You Legal to provide practical solutions to clients where they work, when they need it, and without the overheads of traditional firms.

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