En­trepreneurs eye State gongs

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Jakeb Wad­dell

A grand line-up of award-win­ning busi­nesses are de­ter­mined to put an end to Broome’s win­less streak at an up­com­ing an­nual State event.

Nom­i­nees for next month’s WA Re­gional Small Busi­ness Awards were an­nounced a fort­night ago, with the Kim­ber­ley town boast­ing five fi­nal­ists across separate cat­e­gories, all of which were big win­ners at the lo­cal vari­ant in June.

No Broome en­try has ever won a State award, but these or­gan­i­sa­tions are ready to see that change.

Life and Soul, Foot­print Clean­ing, Hy­drokleen, Op­ti­mise HR Con­sult­ing and Kullarri Build­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives will fly down to Perth for the gala evening on Novem­ber 10, each want­ing to get their hands on a gong.

Al­though they’re aim­ing high, all five busi­nesses said at­tend­ing the cer­e­mony would have ben­e­fits for their or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Life and Soul re­gional man­ager Thomas Cobern said recog­ni­tion was an hon­our in it­self.

“To be ac­knowl­edged in the com­mu­nity and now Statewide feels like a great re­ward for our staff and the ef­fort they put in,” he said.

Kullarri Build­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Jeffrey White said he looked for­ward to de­vel­op­ing re­la­tion­ships with sim­i­lar or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Op­ti­mise HR Con­sult­ing boss Catherine Trib­ble said she was also ea­ger to net­work and see how sim­i­lar busi­nesses tack­led re­gional challenges.

Foot­print Clean­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Aaron Ryan de­scribed the nom­i­na­tion as ex­cit­ing and hum­bling.

The re­gional event is noth­ing new for Hy­drokleen owner Peter Jenk­in­son, who has won the Broome fran­chise busi­ness award four years in a row, but never made it onto the big stage.

Mr Jenk­in­son said he was hope­ful 2017 could be his year.

“This would be my first win and who knows what could hap­pen?” he said. “But if I don’t, it’s ter­rific for brand recog­ni­tion and help­ing the com­pany to grow.

“I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced the dif­fer­ence these awards can cre­ate for a busi­ness.”

Broome Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try chief ex­ec­u­tive Jael Nap­per said the re­gional awards of­fered a mag­nif­i­cent op­por­tu­nity for nom­i­nees.

“Be­ing nom­i­nated gives these com­pa­nies great ex­po­sure and the con­fi­dence to look at ex­pand­ing their en­ter­prises,” she said.

“They have shown hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion and I con­grat­u­late them on their ef­forts for get­ting to this point.”

Pic­tures: Jakeb Wad­dell

ABOVE: Life and Soul owner Peter Athani­tis and re­gional man­ager Thomas Cobern, Foot­print Clean­ing co-direc­tors Aaron and Taryn Ryan, Broome CCI chief ex­ec­u­tive Jael Nap­per, Hy­drokleen owner Peter Jenk­in­son, Op­ti­mise HR Con­sult­ing boss Catherine Trib­ble and Kullarri Build­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Jeffrey White.

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