Western Australian businesses celebrated their significant contribution to the State’s economic and social fabric at the Family Business Australia Awards on Monday night.
Small Business Minister Margaret Quirk has applauded all involved in the ceremonies and congratulated family-owned businesses for their achievements.
“WA was built on the hard work and dedication of family businesses and many of these are still in business today,” Ms Quirk said.
“With more than three quarters of all businesses in Australia being family-owned, projecting in 2003 an estimated wealth of around $3.6trillion,* this sector of the business community is punching well above its weight.”
The Minister said family-run businesses, like Kalamunda’s Sebastian Butchers (winner of the Jason Lea award), were a vibrant and integral part of the communities they serviced.
“Family businesses showcase some truly inspirational stories and are an asset to Western Australia,” she said.
“Such businesses are a part of their local communities, they are in for the long-haul and subsequently they provide good levels of service which are appreciated by their customers.”
The Family Business Awards were grouped in accordance to the length of time the businesses had been running, with categories for first, second and third generation businesses.
In addition, the Jason Lea award went to the individual who demonstrated great entrepreneurship in running their family business and the inaugural BDO Kendalls Growth award recognising the fastest growth within a family business.
Category winners will now go on to compete in the National Family Business of the Year Awards, to be held in Cairns in August.
The winners of the Western Australian Family Business Australia Awards 2008 included:
· First Generation: Globetrotter Corporate Travel, Nedlands;
· Second Generation: Sebastian Butchers, Kalamunda;
· Third Generation: Kuyan Apiaries, Gingin;
· BDO Kendalls Growth Award: Australian Timber Products, Lansdale; and
· The Jason Lea Award for Entrepreneurship: Sebastian Caltanisetta, Sebastian Butchers, Kalamunda.
*Statistic provided by RMIT University, 2003
Minister's office - 9213 7000