After eight years of hard work and careful management, a Mandurah-based cruise company has sailed away with the 2014 Western Australian Regional Small Business of the Year Award.
Small Business Minister Joe Francis said Mandurah Cruises and Gift Shop was a worthy winner, having grown from a single business with one boat to a multi-faceted operation that relocated to new premises and increased its fleet to five boats.
“As a small, family business, Mandurah Cruises and Gift Shop is an ideal example of sound financial management and sensible business growth,” Mr Francis said.
“Owners Rod and Cheryl Bishop have added to their primary enterprise with supporting businesses including a gift shop, catering service, charter and transport services and events co-ordination.”
The Mandurah company, which also won the 11 to 20 Employees Award, receives $25,000 in advertising from GWN7 and the production of a 30-second commercial courtesy of Lomax Media. The business is about to enter a busy period, hosting Christmas Lights cruises on the Mandurah canals.
Bunbury’s Ray Philp was inducted into the Regional Small Business Hall of Fame for his work with Telstra in the South-West, and as a member of the chambers of Commerce and Industry in Karratha and Bunbury. He was a founding father of the Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry (WA).
Other winners are:
Aboriginal Business - Koomal Dreaming, Yallingup
0-4 Employees - HideAway Haven, Albany
5-10 Employees - Southern Skydivers, Busselton
Home-based Business - Confident Cashflows PLUS, Baldivis
Franchise Business - Pink Lake IGA and Esperance Supa IGA
Small Business Achiever - Inspired Life Total Health Club, Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
The Minister said the awards recognised the significant role played by regional small businesses in generating local employment and contributing to the State’s overall economic success.
There are 209,000 small businesses in WA, with more than 53,000 in regional areas
Small business contributes about 20% of the State’s economic activity, and more than $44 billion a year to the Gross State Product
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