Norm Marlborough

Norm Marlborough

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

    Western Australia celebrates regional small business success

    6/11/2006 2:07 PM

    Small Business Minister Norm Marlborough congratulated the winners of the Western Australian Regional Small Business Awards (WARSBA) and the 2006 inductee to the Regional Small Business Hall of Fame at a gala event held on Friday night at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre.

    Mr Marlborough was overwhelmed by the high calibre of entrants and the cross-section of industries represented by the award finalists and winners.

    “We have an abundance of creative, innovative business people here in the West and the high quality of entrants in this year’s awards show that business is booming in the regions,” he said.

    The major winner of the night, Mandurah compost manufacturers Custom Composts, was named Best Business with 5-10 Employees and went on to take the overall award for Best Regional Small Business for 2006.

    “Small business is the lifeblood of regional WA, providing goods, services and employment opportunities and I am delighted that this is recognised and acknowledged through awards such as these,” the Minister said.

    The awards ceremony was organised by the Small Business Development Corporation for an audience of more than 250 guests from all over the State.

    Mr Marlborough said WA was a very successful, wealthy State, with a booming economy and a bright future and he noted that many of the finalists this year were directly involved in supporting the mining and resource industries in regional areas.

    “While big business may be credited for WA’s economic boom conditions, it could not happen without the support of small business, particularly in the regions,” he said.

    Also announced at the awards ceremony was the 2006 inductee to the Regional Small Business Hall of Fame.

    Bunbury small business identity Ms Alison Lannin won the award for her outstanding contribution and support for the development of small business in Bunbury and the South-West region.

    The Minister said Ms Lannin was a very deserving recipient of this honour.

    “I doubt that there is a small business person in the Bunbury area who does not know of Alison Lannin,” he said.

    “Alison is legendary for her tireless support and development of the small business sector throughout the South-West.”

    Media contact: Aleta Johnston 9213 6500

    Winners of the 2006 Western Australian Regional Small Business Awards

    2006 Australia Post Western Australian Regional Small Business of the YearCustom Composts, Nambeelup the (Peel region)
    Blue Steel Award for Best Micro Business Kelly’s Hot Water, Gas & Air, Mandurah
    Golden West Network Award for Best Home Based BusinessSection Enterprises,
    Small Business Centre Network Award for Best Business AchieverBunbury Air Conditioning & Electrical Services, Bunbury
    WA Business News Award for Best Business with 5-10 EmployeesCustom Composts,
    Telstra Country Wide Best Business with 10-20 EmployeesGoldfields Crane Hire,