Hon Sean L'Estrange MEdL GradDipResMan GradDipMan MLA

Hon Sean L'Estrange MEdL GradDipResMan GradDipMan MLA

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Finance; Small Business

    Derby firm wins WA Regional Small Business Award

    12/11/2016 6:00 AM
    • Wattnow Electrical named overall winner of 2016 WA Regional Small Business Award
    • Winners from seven regions take category prizes 

    After six years of hard work and careful business management, Aboriginal electrician Jonathan Smith and his wife Prue Plowright, of Wattnow Electrical in Derby, have won the 2016 Western Australian Regional Small Business of the Year Award.


    Small Business Minister Sean L'Estrange presented the award in Perth on Friday night.


    Mr L'Estrange said Mr Smith and Ms Plowright were outstanding winners, with Mr Smith having started the business from home, soon after he finished his apprenticeship.


    "With finalists from nine regions across the State, the competition was fierce for this year's awards, but Mr Smith and Ms Plowright are deserving winners," he said.


    "This is an example of a young man and his wife who have grown their business to serve the local community through great drive, passion and skill.  In the past four years, they have grown their workforce from two employees to eight."


    The Kimberley-based company, which also won the category for Aboriginal Business, receives $1,000, $25,000 in advertising from GWN7 and the production of a 30-second commercial courtesy of Lomax Media.  Other prizes included a $15,000 scholarship to the Curtin Business School Centre for Entrepreneurship Business Growth program.


    The category winners came from seven regions across Western Australia, including two winners each from the South-West and Gascoyne regions and one each from the Mid-West, Kimberley, Great Southern, Goldfields-Esperance and Peel regions.


    Fact File

    • There are more than 214,000 small businesses in WA, with more than 53,000 in regional areas
    • Small business contributes an estimated $44 billion a year to the Gross State Product 

    Minister's office - 6552 6900


    Category Winners




    Category Winner
    South-West Business with 5-10 Employees

    Physio Group South West, Collie

    Jasmine Hulls 

      Home-based Business

    KalyaaNa Spa & Wellness Retreat, Bridgetown

    Karen and Vince Civello 

    Mid-West Franchise Business

    Bank of Queensland, Geraldton

    Jenny Addison

    Kimberley Aboriginal Business

    Wattnow Electrical, Derby

    Jonathan Smith and Prue Plowright 

    Gascoyne Business Local Achiever

    Bullara Station Stay, Carnarvon

    Edwina and Tim Shallcross  

      Community Engagement

    Pharmacy 777, Carnarvon

    Benjamin Teo 

    Great Southern Start-up Business

    The Temple Boutique Spa, Albany

    Carlyssa and Jared Birkbeck


    Business with 0-4 Employees

    Esperance Psychology

    Helen Devenish 

    Peel Business with 11-20 Employees

    4 Life Physiotherapy, Mandurah

    Grant Pattison 



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