Norm Marlborough

Norm Marlborough

Former Minister for Small Business; Peel and the South West; Minister Assisting the Minister for Education and Training

    Congratulations South West Small Business Award winners!

    27/05/2006 10:12 AM
     
    27/05/06

    South-West and Small Business Minister Norm Marlborough last night named WA Skills Training of Bunbury the 2006 South West Small Business of the Year at a gala awards presentation in Bunbury.

    Mr Marlborough said the extremely high calibre of the 150 entrants made it a very difficult decision for the judges.

    “To win from such a strong field makes the achievement all the more impressive,” he said.

    The awards recognise those businesses which aim to increase their overall performance through improved management skills and practices.

    “The South-West region is home to some of our most innovative and successful small businesses, and the awards highlight just how professional they are,” the Minister said.

    The awards are managed by the Small Business Centre in Bunbury, in conjunction with the South West Development Commission and the Bunbury Chamber of Commerce, with sponsorship by the Small Business Development Corporation and others.

    Many of the past winners have progressed to successfully contest other State-wide business awards.

    “In the past four years, the South-West region has produced six State winners out of a total of sixteen, including a clean sweep last year by Agmaster from Collie,” Mr Marlborough said.

    “This is a significant achievement, given that the South-West region accounts for less than eight per cent of the State’s small businesses.

    “This year’s winners may also go on to become State champions and be recognised for their contribution to the wealth of Western Australia.“

    According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there are currently about 300,000 small businesses in WA, making up 97 per cent of all businesses in the State.

    It is further estimated that the small business sector in WA accounts for more than half of all private sector, non-agricultural employment.

    Mr Marlborough said the Carpenter Government recognised the contribution made by the small business sector and had increased funding to the Small Business Centres throughout the State.

    The overall 2006 category winners are:
    • WA Skills Training of Bunbury awarded The 2006 South West Business of the Year, which was sponsored by The South Western Times. This company was judged as the most outstanding business to enter the competition in this region.
    • Giaco's Hair Design of Manjimup won the category Business with five employees or fewer, which was sponsored by the Small Business Development Corporation.
    • WA Skills Training of Bunbury won the category Business with more than five employees but equal or less than 20, which was sponsored by the National Australia Bank.
    • Bell Fire Equipment Company Pty Ltd of Bunbury won the category Business with more than 20 employees but equal or less than 50, which was sponsored by Telstra Country Wide.
    • Meadow Brooke Estate of Boyanup won the category Business with fewer than 100 employees, which was sponsored by GWN Television.

    The 2006 Regional Prize winners were:
    • Bell Fire Equipment Company Pty Ltd of Bunbury won the Integrated Management Award sponsored by ECU South West Campus (Bunbury). Capel Hardware was the runner-up for this award.
    • South West Audiology and Hearing Services of Bunbury, Busselton and Australind won the Business Leadership Award sponsored by A and L Printers.
    • Nara Training of Eaton was awarded the Business Planning Award sponsored by Transfield BRW Services. Workwise Advisory Services of Bunbury were the runners-up for this award.
    • Queensberry IT of Margaret River is the winner of the E-Commerce Award sponsored by ABN Amro Morgans.
    • Ausmic Environmental Industries of Bunbury has won the Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by the McNaughton Gardiner Insurance Brokers. Karamfiles Builders of Manjimup were the runners-up for this award.
    • Moon Haven of Cowaramup is the winner of the Innovation Award sponsored by King Gibson Lewis. Heritage Country Cheese of Balingup were the runners-up for this award.
    • Progress Physiotherapy of Bunbury is the winner of the Customer Culture Award, sponsored by Geographe. The Singing Chef of Bunbury was the runner-up for this award.
    • South City Pharmacy of Bunbury is the winner of the Staff Development Award, sponsored by the Bunbury Chamber of Commerce and Industries. Down South Camping of Margaret River was the runner-up for this award.
    • Combined Team Services of Bunbury is the winner of the IT Award, sponsored by the South West Development Commission. Firey Productions of Bunbury were the runners-up for this award.
    • Florist Gump of Bunbury is the winner of the Marketing Award, which was sponsored by Young and Young, Barristers and Solicitors. Manjimup Monograms were the runners-up for this award.
    • Robert Fenwick - Quality Systems of Busselton is the winner of the Home Based Business Award sponsored by West Country Office Machines. Rachman Designs of Bunbury were the runners-up for this award.
    • Bunbury Airconditioning and Electrical Service of Bunbury has been named the Employer of the Year, sponsored by The Department of Consumer and Employment Protection, Labour Relations Division. Meadow Brooke Estate of Boyanup were the runners-up for this award.
    • Sassy Divas of Bunbury is the winner of the Young Business Achiever Award sponsored by The South West College of TAFE. Alias Costume Hire of Bunbury was the runner-up for this award.
    • Tents West of Busselton is the winner of the Family Business Award sponsored by The Laminex Group.
    • Giaco's Hair Design of Manjimup is the winner of the Business Development Award sponsored by Entrepreneurship and Business Development Unit, Curtin University. Hot Weld Fabrication of Bunbury was the runner-up for this award.
    • WA Skills Training of Bunbury is the winner of the Financial Management Award sponsored by The Bunbury Mail. Pennywise Investments of Bunbury was the runner-up for this award.
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