Margaret Quirk

Margaret Quirk

Minister for Corrective Services; Small Business

    Regional small business winners announced

    23/11/2007 11:00 PM

    The winners of the Australia Post, Western Australian Regional Small Business Awards (WARSBA) and the Inductee to the Small Business Hall of Fame for 2007 were announced at a gala presentation in Perth tonight.

    Small Business Minister Margaret Quirk said the calibre of entrants had been outstanding and to win from such a field was a great achievement.

    “Small business is important to every community, but in regional WA it is absolutely vital,” Ms Quirk said.

    “I continue to be inspired by the talent and entrepreneurial spirit of our small business operators in this great State.

    “The quality of these finalists shows why the WA economy is leading the nation.”

    The Minister congratulated the 38 finalists who travelled to Perth for the award presentation.

    A new category added this year for ‘Best Franchise Business’ attracted finalists from Geraldton, Albany and Kalgoorlie.

    The small business sector contributes billions of dollars to the WA economy and accounts for over half of all private sector, non-agricultural employment in the State.

    “The WARSBAs are a fitting tribute to the success of this sector,” Ms Quirk said.

    Over 250 guests from throughout the State attended the presentation, hosted by the Small Business Development Corporation at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre.

    The winners of the 2007 Australia Post, Western Australian Regional Small Business Awards are:

    Australia Post, Western Australian Regional Small Business Awards 2007
    Overall Winner: ‘Business of the Year’
    Winner: Bunbury Airconditioning and Electrical Services
    South-West Region
    Telstra Countrywide
    Best Business with 10 to 20 Employees
    Winner: Bunbury Airconditioning and Electrical Services
    South-West Region
    WA Business News
    Best Business with Five to 10 Employees
    Winner: Hotweld Fabrication
    South-West Region
    Lawrence Business Management
    Best Franchise Business
    Winner: Jetset Albany
    Great Southern
    Golden West Network
    Best Home-based Business
    Winner: Natures Creation - Natural Skin Care Products
    Peel Region
    Steel Blue
    Best Micro Business
    Winner: Batavia Coast Air Charter
    Mid-West Region
    Small Business Centre Network
    Business Achiever
    Winner: Stitched Up Embroidery
    Kimberley Region

    Also announced at the awards ceremony was the 2007 Inductee to the Regional Small Business Hall of Fame.

    Mr Richard Notley has been involved in the support of small business since 1994. He is president of the Small Business Centre Network, as well as chair and founding member of the Central Coast Small Business Centre.

    Richard has volunteered thousands of hours in the pursuit of better services and opportunities for small business and for the network of centres assisting small business operators throughout the State.

    Richard has also been active in assisting and advising local Aboriginal corporations on matters of corporate governance and is leading the way for environmental sustainability in farm forestry in the Dandaragan-Moora districts.

    Minister's office: 9213 7000