Gordon Hill

Gordon Hill

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    WA company commended for development of exports

    1/02/1993 12:00 AM
     
     
    A personal alarm with a small, key-ring trigger and a revolutionary laser for medical use, are two good ideas that Western Australian based small business - BES Biaggi - has developed into potential overseas exports.
     
    From the glimmer of a good idea, and with help from the State Government, has grown a successful local company which has generated employment and attracted worldwide orders for its products.
     
    Today, Small Business Minister Gordon Hill said nine months ago managing director, Roberto Di Biaggio started only with a couple of good ideas for consumer and specialist electronics products.
     
    After receiving help from the Government's Department of State Development, the company was now on the road to success.
     
    "Through Mr Di Biaggio's hard work and some valuable business guidance, the personal alarm system - the 'Portalert' - is now commercially available, and the 'Aculite', a computerised laser system, has great potential for use in dentistry, physiotherapy, veterinary science and cosmetic therapy," Mr Hill said.
     
    "The WA-based company uses local engineers and a technician to produce their hi-tech products, and in nine months has achieved a turnover in excess of $300,000 with enormous potential for a major expansion project."
     
    The 'Portalert' personal alarm has wide application, including use by the elderly or those living alone.
     
    The 'Aculite' laser was originally intended for use in laser acupuncture but could also be used as an alternative to the dentist's drill and the ultrasound in physiotherapy.  It has applications for veterinarians, and can be used in cosmetic therapy.
     
    Mr Di Biaggio said he had started with some good ideas but needed financial and management help.
     
    "I approached the Department of State Development which set out a business plan, including placing a value on the company, and introducing me to people who might be interested in my ideas and products," Mr Di Biaggio said.
     
    "From that day on, the company has not looked back and we are now in the happy position that the shares which were issued in the company have increased three to four times in value."
     
    Mr Di Biaggio said the Aculite would be taken to America soon for demonstration before one of the world's biggest electronics producers who had taken a direct interest in its development following an introduction from the Department of State Development.
     
    He said companies in Japan had also shown a keen interest in the device, and he was convinced that his introduction from the WA Government had opened doors for him.
     
    The Aculite has also been assessed by the Department of Health which had given it a glowing report.
     
    Mr Hill said the company's achievements were not an isolated case.
     
    "Many small Western Australian businesses have been helped by various programs and initiatives offered by the State Government," he said.
     
    "The Opposition has not only threatened to abolish the Department of State Development, but Deputy Liberal leader, Colin Barnett has hinted that many existing support programs would be axed under a Liberal Government.
     
    "This would be a tragedy for small businesses which need help to expand or develop new ideas.
     
    "Every businessman knows that it is tough going it alone, often it is not financial help they need, but expertise, advice and guidance.  I challenge Mr Barnett to admit which programs a Liberal Government would axe and explain why."