2011 Belmont Small Business Awards
Let Your Business Shine Brightly
Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the 2011 Belmont Small Business Awards.
This is the 18th year that the business awards have run, and they provide a fantastic opportunity for small and growing enterprises in Western Australia to be recognised for their achievements.
All the categories are listed in the Belmont Small Business Awards 2011 flyer.
Businesses who entered the awards got access to complimentary weekly information Sessions on ‘How to Prepare Award Submissions’; Free Award Entry Kits and submission guidance.
Winners & Finalists were showcased at the ‘Night of Stars Event’ at Burswood Entertainment Complex on the 10th of November, 2011.
2011 Belmont Small Business Awards
MOST INNOVATIVE BUSINESS
Sponsored by Australian Network Management
ANM provides IT Consultancy and communication services to the SME market. Operating from Perth, ANM has over 10 years of IT expertise; consider no job to big or small. Our group specializes in the following areas: Consulting Services, Software and Network Systems, VoIP, Mobile and Office Communication, Network Design and Managed IT Services. The Team at ANM understands that time = money, and guarantee’s a quick turnaround time for any issue which may arise, night or day, weekday or weekend. Australian Network Management, Not just your IT Guy, Your Technology Partner.
WINNER: Watrwing Pty Ltd
Kewdale based Heather Pritchard has always loved the water, and despite being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, this has never changed. She turned her passion into a business, when she created a device to help her snorkel. Her first prototype was made out of poly pipe and a real estate sign. Called the ‘WatrWing’, Heathers device is now sold to swimming schools around the country and overseas, and the Australian Olympic Swim Team train with it. Heather donates $1 from every ‘WatrWing’ sold to the MS Society.
KARL FARRELL INSPIRATION AWARD
Sponsored by Designedge Fashion Incubator
Karl Farrell was an inspirational Chairman of TCFWA and this special award honours his memory. The Designedge Fashion Incubator is the only virtual Fashion Incubator in Australia and has provided both retail and virtual showroom programs and assisted hundreds of designers through the co-ordination of trade exhibition space. Designers and creative small businesses are able to access business information, mentoring and specialist industry workshops to assist with the growth of their businesses both nationally and globally. Recently Designedge founder Carol Hanlon was convenor of the 3rd International Fashion Incubator Conference in Perth during September with over 24 countries and 100+ delegates attending.
WINNER: Kerry Gail Allan-Zinner, Another Angle Consulting and Training
Kerry is an outstanding West Australian, with a commitment to improving the lives of people with disabilities by building a better understanding with members of the WA community.
Kerry has been a long term advocate for people with disabilities in WA, and is a popular guest speaker for a range of organisations as she constantly inspires her audiences with her humility and sense of humour. Kerry has not had an easy life, but with conviction and passion has developed a powerful and productive social justice and advocacy role for herself, via her own business called Another Angle Consulting and Training.
ECOMMERCE WEBSITE AWARD
Sponsored by TCF Australia
TCF Australia was launched in 2006 to assist the fashion and TCFL industries across Australia, including regional and remote creative industries. Industry specific small business training and mentoring is provided through the delivery of projects include workshops, online mentoring, events and exhibitions. Buying missions are also co-ordinated to numerous global trade fashion events.
WINNER: Cosmic Cocktails
Cosmic Cocktails provide a variety of products and services. These include the hire of Slushy Machines of which they are one of the largest and most established in the industry, a finger food catering division, and a mobile bar service. Cosmic Cocktails have completely revamped their website to include ordering online for both hire products and those for sale, and in addition now proactively market their business on Facebook. The feedback received about the new website has been fantastic and customers love being able to order online.
BEST MARKETING AWARD
Sponsored by Westways Colorgrafix
Westways Colorgrafix is a diverse graphic design, photography, internet development studio and major print supplier. As our motto goes – “From business cards to magazines and everything in between”. Westways has been based in the City of Belmont for over 20 years, so next time you’re thinking of producing any marketing or promotional material, think Westways Colorgrafix, your “LOCAL” Total Production Specialist.
WINNER: Urban Retreat Day Spa
Urban Retreat Day Spa endeavour to make the time you spend with them a revitalising and rejuvenating experience with a combination of specialised treatments that will assist you to keep your life in balance. Their spa menu is designed to suit everyone and every occasion from traditional spa services to total opulence. The business offers high-end cosmetics, creams, body care and other beauty products to customers, and has also developed a range of products under their own label. The business runs a regular cinema advertising campaign, video promotions, and is focussed on website and Facebook marketing also.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by Friends of Belmont BEC
Friends of Belmont BEC, was launched in July 2009 to assist with the ongoing provision of small business services delivered by the Belmont Business Enterprise Centre. Belmont BEC has always been a great advocate of volunteering and has over the past 17 years had in excess of 1,450 volunteers assist with its many projects and client support programs. Volunteers play a vital part in the operations of all non profit community organisations and contribute greatly to the richness of the fabric of society by sharing their skills and talents to assist others.
WINNER: Carina Oanh Hoang
At age 16 Carina demonstrated amazing courage by escaping war-torn Vietnam on a small wooden boat with her 2 younger siblings and 370 other people. Carina survived harrowing conditions in a refugee camp in Indonesia, before being given the opportunity to go to the USA where she earned a Bachelor of Chemistry and MBA. Five years ago, Carina settled with her husband and daughter in Perth, and made a pledge to raise awareness of ‘boat people’ and their stories. This year she released her first book ‘Boat People: Personal Stories from the Vietnamese Exodus 1975 – 1996′. Carina now volunteers her time to assist families from different parts of the world to search for graves of their loved ones in former refugee camps in Indonesia.
COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD
Sponsored by Southern Gazette
The Southern Gazette is part of the Community Newspaper Group publications and we are proud to be a sponsor of the Belmont Small Business Awards for 2011. With over 49’000 readers weekly , the Southern Gazette is the first choice for local news, real estate, motoring, sporting, employment, travel and entertainment information. The Southern Gazette provides businesses with the opportunity to reach the target audience that matter most to them – their local customers – by offering cost effective, creative and flexible advertising solutions
WINNER: Climbing Vine Theatre Company
Climbing Vine is one of Perth’s most unique performance companies, producing high quality shows and training young people in both theatre and film. Climbing Vine is the ONLY theatre company in WA that produces only original works, meaning all of their productions are world premieres and unique to local culture. Climbing Vine has recently introduced a new City of Belmont Theatre Scholarship, enabling one young local person to take up their Horizon Theatre Program free of charge. The company promote a strict drug, smoke and alcohol free environment for young people, and the performance programs offer participants a sense of belonging, achievement and self-esteem.
BEST STAFF TRAINING
Sponsored by HR Virtual Assistant
HR Virtual Assistant was founded by Sarah Lynch in July 2010, and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Sarah didn’t feel that her business was established enough last year to enter the Awards, and this year she is a major sponsor! HR Virtual Assistant provides human resource management support to small and medium sized businesses nationally. If your business needs help with recruitment, employment contracts, job descriptions, training and development or exit interviews – Sarah at HR Virtual Assistant can help!
WINNER: Hero Engineering
Belmont based Hero Engineering is a division of Controls & Interface Engineering Australia. Hero Engineering is a leader in the provision of Cost Effective Electrical Engineering, Control and Safety Systems Engineering and Instrumentation for the Oil and Gas and minerals industries.
Hero invests significantly into various staff training programs, including encouraging some staff to attend training opportunities overseas, and a successful graduate scheme. Hero Engineering also runs training programs for their clients such as Rio Tinto.
BEST RETAIL BUSINESS
Sponsored by Belmont Forum
Belmont Forum Shopping Centre represents the hub of the City of Belmont – the ‘City of Opportunity’. West Australian Owned, the Centre focuses on supporting local businesses and community group organisations. Belmont Forum is anchored by three supermarkets (Coles, Woolworth’s and Progressive Supa IGA), two Discount Department Stores (Big W, Kmart), two mini majors (Harvey Norman and Red Dot) and over 130 Specialty Stores including a state of the art Food Court. As a frequent meeting place for many in the community, Belmont Forum enjoys the opportunity to become involved with youth, seniors, welfare and fundraising through sponsorship, charitable work and the utilisation of the centre’s facilities.
WINNER: The Coffee Club Belmont
The Coffee Club Belmont provides a welcoming relaxed meeting place with good food, great service and excellent coffee. Each quarter all the Coffee Club stores are mystery shopped. At last count the Belmont Store rated highest in the State. The Coffee Club at Belmont Forum has only been open for one year, but is already tracking very well and Director Evelynn Chatfield is excited about what she can achieve there. In addition to Belmont Forum Coffee Club, Evelynn also runs Rockingham Coffee Club and has four children! She credits the support she receives from her family, head office, staff and customers as the reason for her success so far.
QUALITY CUSTOMER SERVICE
Sponsored by NAB
NAB Small Business is supporting Small Business locally by having the most Small Business Relationship Managers in Branches. It is one thing to have them in Branches but if they can’t make a decision when you need it that is no good, that is why our Team has the ability to give you an answer. We appreciate though sometimes you can’t get into our Branches so we back this by having dedicated Small Business Specialists available to you 7 days a week via our call team.
We recognise that the Belmont Area is a key business hub in the WA Metropolitan Area which is why we have one of our most experienced Bankers Reg Airey located at our Belmont Branch. Reg has many years of Banking and Business experience so he is there to give you advice and guidance in not only your Banking but on your business overall if you desire. Nab Small Business appreciates the opportunity to support these awards and the local community.
WINNER: Beaver Tree Services
From the largest removal down to the most careful and meticulous pruning, Beaver Tree Services are true specialists. Beaver Tree Services have been servicing state and local government and the broader community for the past 32 years providing all aspects of general tree maintenance and removal with a high focus on difficult to access and dangerous trees. They now employ a staff of 38 with extensive experience in horticultural practices. Beaver Tree Services have created a Customer Service Charter and regularly seek customer feedback as they believe that satisfied and happy customers are their best marketing message.
INDIGENOUS BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by Perth Airport
Perth Airport is pleased to continue its support of the Indigenous Business of the Year Award. As custodians of the land on which the airport is located, Perth Airport recognises the importance of the area to the Noongar people and values its ongoing partnership with the local Indigenous community. Perth Airport would like to congratulate the winning Indigenous Business of the Year and all entrants in this category.
WINNER: Jilalga Designs
Jilalga Designs provides visual art and graphic design services with a unique, authentic and professional Aboriginal feel. Cloverdale based business owner Jilalga Murray-Ranui has spent the majority of her life living in Port Headland, and her contemporary Indigenous artworks have won her numerous prizes. Jilalga conveys a feeling of warmth and vibrancy to whatever she creates and is very passionate about her work and hopes that people can feel the spirit and energy in her pieces.
SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA AWARD
Sponsored by Hanssen Project Management
Hanssen Project Management specialise in the construction of luxury high-rise apartments in Perth. They are also currently building a new high-rise development in town centre of Karratha in the North West. Managing Director Gerry Hanssen believes in making a difference in the community and providing opportunities for every person to reach their full potential. Hanssen is proud to sponsor the Spirit of Australia Award.
Catergirls is a subsidiary of the Esther Foundation. Now Manager of Catergirls Candice Fernando entered the program in 2004, and overcame her battle with drug addiction. During the process Candice had to complete 200 hours of community service and chose to host curry nights to raise money for the Foundation, and the business grew from there. Candice now mentors other girls, and the Catergirls is a popular catering company used by many organisations in Perth.
Candice is an advocate of the hope that there is when one chooses to make the difficult choice to face their destructive addictions and embrace life and opportunity
BEST NEW BUSINESS
Sponsored by City of Belmont
The City of Belmont is a vibrant, modern City located just six kilometres from the Central Business District in Perth, boasting eleven kilometres of pristine Swan River frontage. There is an abundance of development opportunities available both, residential and commercial, coupled with a strong retail, commercial and industrial base. The City is in close proximity to air, rail and road networks and home to both the international and domestic airports. The City of Belmont is committed to providing support and services so that businesses from home businesses to large multi-nationals can thrive in the local area. With a focus on establishing and maintaining a progressive business community, the Council is proud to sponsor the award for the Best New Business. By continuing to recognise quality and excellence in the community, the City of Belmont is a great place to live, world, play and invest. A City of Opportunity!
WINNER: Taste Bud Tours
Taste Bud Tours are specifically designed to take your tastebuds on tour and with so much on offer, the tour is not laid back and slow paced… The focus is on food, food, food with generous samplings of the region’s renowned wine and beer. Kewdale based Loris Gundry has been developing and operating award winning businesses in the Swan Valley for the past 14 years, and in June 2010 set up her latest venture Taste Bud Tours. Taste Bud Tours concentrate on ‘attention to detail’ in every aspect of the business – including tour content, regional history, inclusion of indigenous culture and building relationships with guests and venues alike.
HOME BASED BUSINESS AWARD
Sponsored by Small Business Development Corporation
The Small Business Development Corporation is the premier State Government Agency dedicated to supporting and developing the small business sector in WA. They offer a range of practical services including: Free and Confidential business advice; Information on business licenses; ; Customised assistance for Aboriginal business owners; Tailored small business workshops and Advocacy between business and government. They also partner with the 25 strong Small Business Centre network across the state, providing a similar range of services. For more information visit: smallbusiness.wa.gov.au. SBDC – proud to be The Small Business Specialists!
WINNER: The Natural Newborn
The Natural Newborn is a hip, online store that sells eco-chic and eco-friendly, natural and organic products for mother, baby and child. The website is an easy to navigate online shop for all parents who are concerned about what chemicals their new babies and small children are being exposed to and who want to reduce their impact on the environment.
Home business owner Joanne Ipock believes she goes above and beyond typical online shops as she helps parents with all sorts of issues and helps them make their lives a little easier on the planet and a little safer for their families.
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Sponsored by WA SMALL ENTERPRISE NETWORK
The WA Small Enterprise Network (SEN) provides networking, advocacy and business support to small business. Delivering information and training, networking events, and representation on behalf of the small business sector, membership of SEN is a must for all small business owners and operators.
WINNER: Johann Kim, Pigeonhole
Pigeonhole is a young and rapidly growing design company based in the Perth CBD that was started by Johann on his 25th birthday in 2007. Pigeonhole started as a tiny one stop clothes and a gift shop, but now consists of 5 retail stores a café and 3 offices servicing over 9000 customers online and offline around the world. The team now consists of more than 30 staff, and most of the team including Johann, are under 30 years of age.
Sponsored by The Sunday Times
The Sunday Times has been a part of Perth’s Sunday routine for over 100 years with its great mix of news and much-loved features like STM, Body & Soul, Taste & Escape. The Sunday Times team is delighted to be supporting the Belmont Small Business Awards for the first time in 2011.
WINNER: Eco Pallets
Kewdale based Eco Pallets was established in early 2009 and sell new and used 100% recyclable plastic pallets of various sizes and applications as an alternative to wooden pallets. They also supply bundled pallets for the safe storage and transport of chemicals drums and collapsible plastic containers for use in storage, transport and display. The company offer a buy back scheme on their new pallets. Once the pallets have been used, Eco Pallets will buy them back for a reduced price, and then sell them as second hand pallets.
FASHION INDUSTRY AWARD
Sponsored by Textile Clothing Footwear Resource Centre of WA (TCFWA)
The Textile, Clothing and Footwear Resource Centre of Western Australia Inc. (TCFWA) provide a valuable resource for the fashion & TCFL industries. Since being established in 1998, the centre has been so successful, that it now receives requests from across Australia and overseas, from organisations and designers wishing to be involved in its opportunities and projects. Providing specialised business skills and industry mentoring through the development of industry projects and programs to better equip those operating in the industry is one of the main areas that TCFWA has been recognised as a leader and role model organisation across Australia an overseas. TCFWA has been instrumental in establishing TCF Global village community sewing centres in developing countries and recently hosted the 3rd International Fashion Incubator Conference.
Breathless is a locally designed, manufactured, wholesaler and retailer of high quality fashion garments for women. The Breathless client is a strong woman with an eye for something different, and can range from a 17 year old looking for her school formal to an 85 year old looking for an outfit for an art gallery exhibition. The label has been in existence for over 11 years, and dynamic duo Helen Rimpas and Robin Alexander are putting Breathless on the international fashion map!
WA RACING INDUSTRY AWARD
Sponsored by Racebreed Australia
RACEBREED AUSTRALIA was for ten years the ONLY commercially independent publication based in Western Australia promoting the thoroughbred breeding and racing industry through newsagents and subscribers across Australia and into New Zealand. Other WA publications were “house magazines” produced by local industry associations for the local market. Racebreed was previously a three-time winner of the Small Business Awards in the Categories of Tourism, Marketing and the initial Racing Industry Award before becoming a sponsor of the latter category. Marjorie Charleson has been the sole proprietor, publisher and editor of the magazine since 1998 when it appeared as Racing West prior to the name change in 2000.
WINNER: Harvey Racing
Todd Harvey is the Manager of Harvey Racing in Ascot, and is the fourth generation trainer in his family. The business trains thoroughbred racehorses for competitive racing, and currently has 17 horses in work. At 19 years of age Todd became the youngest licensed trainer in WA and he has previously worked in Melbourne for top trainer, Mark Kavanagh. Todd is passionate about making a difference in the industry, and is especially keen to introduce new people into the ‘racing family’. Harvey Racing has had an excellent 18 months, with 21 winners in the Metropolitan Area .Todd’s aim is to continue to increase his marketing efforts, and create successful syndicates for future expansion.
BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by Business & Professional Women of Western Australia
BPW develops the professional, leadership and business potential of women on all levels through advocacy, mentoring, networking, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects around the world. In WA BPW is active in 8 clubs in metro and regional areas giving WA women access to the United Nations, where it holds Special Category Status, on current and emerging issues of importance to women.
WINNER: Joan DellaValle, Ebony & Ivory Hair & Beauty
Joan DellaValle is co-owner of Ebony & Ivory Hair & Beauty salon with her husband Geoff. Ebony & Ivory specialises in Caucasian, afro, Asian, Caribbean and other multicultural hair types. As well as this business Joan has just launched her first ready to wear collection called Giovanna DellaValle. She has always been fascinated in clothing, since she was a young girl growing up in Zambia, and hopes to open a boutique in the city to showcase her collection soon. Joan’s mantra is to believe in yourself. Dreams most certainly do come true with hard work and perseverance!
BUSINESS MIGRANT OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by Australian Asian Association of WA
The Australian Asian Association of Western Australia has now been in operation for 55 years since 1955 and now serves as a conglomerate body for communities from every global continent. Our main offices are in East Perth, where we provide office space to 17 of our 120 member organisations. Our branch offices are located in Joondalup in the North and Gosnells in the South.
We provide services to a vast number of skilled. family and business migrants in all matters on which they need assistance, in areas pertaining to Federal, State and Local Government policies, directives and implementation. Our services also now include Training, Legal Advice, Welfare, Emergency Relief, Aged Care under the Community and Health Care packages. We also provide services from a very busy ethnic secretariat. Our membership base and services continue to grow in geometrical proportions.
WINNER: Maria Rosa Galisteo, Spanish Flavours
Maria Rosa Galisteo came to Australia from Madrid in Spain in 1981 to help create a better life for her family. Neither Maria nor her husband could speak English when they arrived. At 50 years of age, Maria quit her job and started her first Spanish food produce outlet at the Wembley Food Hall. The business has now moved to Mt Hawthorn and is called Spanish Flavours. Maria’s dream is to continue to service the people of Perth authentic food from Spain and Latin America, and to give her countrymen a taste of home.
Sponsored by Perth Airport
Perth Airport is the gateway to Western Australia and one of the State’s most important elements of public infrastructure. The airport is entering an exciting phase of redevelopment with more than $750 million being invested over the next three years to expand and upgrade facilities to improve the customer experience. These extensive works represent the first stage towards having all commercial air services operating from one, consolidated location at the site of the current International Terminal. Perth Airport would like to congratulate the winner of the Export Award and all entrants in this category.
WINNER: True North International Pty Ltd
True North is a software company that provides cloud based solution selling automation. Effective meetings depend on clear fact-based analysis so your best people can get on the same page fast! That’s where high impact visual analysis plays a critical role. True North’s ground-breaking 3D visual analysis tools help everyone to agree on the right issues; ask the right probing questions; and define the right opportunity (or problem). Having been successful in Australia, in June 2010 True North established an office in London to target larger international companies. This strategy is paying off with current clients including Oracle, Royal Mail and Vodafone Global Enterprise.
BEST TOURISM AWARD
Sponsored by Burswood Entertainment
Gracing the banks of the stunning Swan River, Burswood Entertainment Complex is one of WA’s best known tourist destinations, attracting over seven million visitors per year. Burswood is Perth’s only fully integrated entertainment complex offering a choice of two international hotels, 21 restaurants and bars, world class headline acts and concerts, a 24-hour casino, and an 18-hole golf course. Luxurious InterContinental Perth Burswood and Holiday Inn Perth Burswood together provide a combined total of 691 guest rooms. As InterContinental Perth Burswood’s multi-million dollar refurbishment approaches completion, the redesign of 400 guest rooms, floor foyers and a stunning new reception area reflect the epitome of elegance and style and set a new benchmark for true five-star international luxury in Perth. Holiday Inn Perth Burswood provides an excellent alternative with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly service, featuring stylishly designed hotel rooms with premium facilities to suit all needs.
Offering guests a vast array of culinary dining experiences, Burswood boasts some of the best dining rooms in Perth. The most recent addition is the famous Nobu Perth which opened recently, offers Japanese fusion signature dishes in lavish fine dining surroundings. Neil Perry’s acclaimed restaurant Rockpool launched in January, presents a superb menu of world class steaks and the finest and freshest in Australian produce. Modo Mio Cucina Italiana embraces the true essence of Italy, whilst Yu Restaurant offers an abundance of Cantonese delights, and (A)LURE Dining Room and Bar was a Gold Plate Hall of Fame winner three years running.
WINNER: Urban Indigenous Tours
Urban Indigenous Tours offers an intimate experience with Aboriginal Australia. The day tours connect people with the Perth Aboriginal Community, and provide a fun and interesting day that includes art, music, foods, history, connecting with the people and their stories. The innovative nature of Urban Indigenous Tours and its timely fusion of Reconciliation and tourism give it a competitive edge in the tourism industry. Urban Indigenous Tours truly celebrates contemporary Aboriginal Australia.
ENTERPRISE OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Watering Concepts
Watering Concepts is a Western Australian owned company with a 30 year record of service within the community. Watering Concepts designs, supplies and services systems for water-based solutions including process water for mining, chemical applications, industrial waste applications and for use within the water utilities system. They can design new projects or provide on-site or workshop repairs/refits for existing equipment dealing with control of flow, pressure, quality and distribution of solutions; provide access to spare parts and repairs to most brands of filters, control valves and flow meters, to maintain their reputation as Problem Solvers for Water Distribution Operations.
WINNER: Jade Projects Australia Pty Ltd
Jade Projects opened their doors in 2004 with the single-minded vision of providing high quality and sustainable living alternatives to Australian homebuyers, and creating a company that was an industry leader in sustainability and project developments. Based in Cloverdale and utilising their years of experience and passion for project development, Jade Projects Directors, Jason Janssen and Daniel Smee have been inspired to develop and build award winning projects which are sustainable, aesthetically pleasing and provide maximum investor return.
BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Belmont Business Enterprise Centre (BEC)
Belmont BEC is a non profit community based organisation established in 1994, to assist in the growth and development of new and existing small business. Over the years the Belmont centre has originated a large range of well known projects and programs for the benefit of its 20,000 small business clients that have included the Belmont Small Business Awards, Designedge Innovation Festival, Multicultural Business Support Services, WA Racing Industry Project and also provides assistance nationally to small business that have suffered through natural disasters. Belmont BEC is also a recognised industry specialist on creative industry, fashion and TCFL industries and a global leader in virtual business incubation.
WINNER: Paul Harrison, Beaver Tree Services
Paul has held the position of Managing Director of Beaver Tree Services Aust. Pty Ltd since 1999 and had 11 years prior experience in Supervision & Management within local Government.
Paul attributes the success of the company as always being reliable, empathetic to customer concerns, looking professional, ensuring staff hold required competencies and their responsiveness to job. Beaver Tree Services has enjoyed significant growth over the last 5 years, and they are now the largest tree services company serving the metropolitan area.
Sponsored by Belmont Business Enterprise Centre (BEC)
Belmont BEC established the Belmont Small Business Awards in 1994 and this is now the 18th annual awards program which has recognised business excellence with many hundreds of small businesses over these years. Sometimes the judges may come across an entrant that does not quite fit the categories and has the ability to recognise the achievement of a local
WINNER: Perth Wood School
Perth Wood School is Australia’s largest recreational workshop, giving anyone the opportunity to create their own pieces of furniture. After recognising a gap in the market for adults to learn the art of woodwork, found David Howlett and a fellow design and technology teacher founded Perth Wood School. Perth Wood School now provides a comprehensive state-of-the-art workshop for anyone who is frustrated by a lack of space at home, or would like to tackle larger projects that require specialist or heavy duty machines. In the past year the business has updated their website, and initiated a Facebook page, which is proving popular.
HALL OF FAME
Sponsored by Belmont Business Enterprise Centre Inc
Belmont Business Enterprise Centre inducts a local small business into the Awards Hall of Fame who over a period of years has been awarded three or more past small business awards. This award serves to highlight local business leaders who have achieved and strived for business excellence in their industry sectors.
WINNER: Marjorie Charleson, Racebreed Australia
This year Marjorie Charleson from RaceBreed Australia is being inducted into the 2011 Belmont Small Business Awards Hall of Fame, as past winner of the Marketing Award, Tourism Award and the inaugural winner of the WA Racing Industry Award that Racebreed Australia now sponsors. Marjorie is one of the most highly respected racing journalists in Australia who is often drawn upon for comments nationally and is now in the planning stages for her book which will certainly attract the dedicated racing professional when it hits the shelves.