Busi­nesses do­ing it for Derby at awards night

Broome Advertiser - - News -

Two Derby or­gan­i­sa­tions will carry the weight of the town on their shoul­ders at a State awards night to­mor­row, with one boom­ing busi­ness hop­ing to go back-to-back.

Lal­gardi En­ter­prises and Wat­tnow Elec­tri­cal have been nom­i­nated at the WA Re­gional Small Busi­ness Awards — an event the lat­ter is no stranger to.

The elec­tric com­pany has been short-listed for the com­mu­nity en­gage­ment award for its ef­forts pro­mot­ing Derby, af­ter last year be­ing named over­all small busi­ness of the year, as well as win­ning the Abo­rig­i­nal busi­ness gong.

In­stead of tak­ing out an ad­ver­tise­ment for their or­gan­i­sa­tion with the $25,000 GWN7 prize, hus­band and wife own­ers Jonathan and Prue Smith used the ex­po­sure to pro­mote the Kim­ber­ley town in­stead.

The cou­ple also cre­ated a four-minute video about Derby, which plays on re­peat at the lo­cal vis­i­tor cen­tre.

Mr Smith said he had seen first-hand what win­ning the pres­ti­gious award could do for a busi­ness.

“Win­ning the State prize was great ex­po­sure for our busi­ness and we’ve en­joyed a lot of suc­cess since,” he said.

“It re­ally put Derby on the map and I felt it gave our town a good rep­u­ta­tion.

“This year, we’re hop­ing to take out the com­mu­nity award and that’ll be an­other re­ally good win for Derby.”

While Mr and Mrs Smith are no strangers to suc­cess, Lul­gardi En­ter­prises is new to the spot­light. The Abo­rig­i­nal cor­po­ra­tion, a sub­sidiary of Emama Nguda, cre­ates job op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal indige­nous peo­ple, with their fo­cus be­ing com­mer­cial land­scap­ing, gar­den­ing and clean­ing.

Lul­gardi is nom­i­nated for Abo­rig­i­nal busi­ness of the year award, af­ter win­ning the Derby small busi­ness prize ear­lier this year.

Emama Nguda op­er­a­tional ser­vices man­ager Ben Bur­ton said he looked for­ward to the gala evening and was proud to be rep­re­sent­ing the town as a whole.

“The en­ter­prise works very hard to achieve real out­comes for our peo­ple,” he said.

“Be­ing nom­i­nated for a State award and win­ning the Derby prize has been great for us and we are very ap­pre­cia­tive.

“I be­lieve that all Abo­rig­i­nal busi­nesses in town should be work­ing to­gether and help­ing each other out where they can.

“It’s all about sus­tain­abil­ity and if we all look out for each other, we will all achieve more.”

Derby Chamber of Com­merce man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Paul Bick­er­ton said busi­nesses within the re­gion were con­sis­tently achiev­ing great suc­cess.

“The chamber con­grat­u­lates the two or­gan­i­sa­tions on their achieve­ments,” he said.

“The rest of the State is start­ing to recog­nise what we al­ready know— that small, re­gional busi­ness op­er­a­tions can suc­cess­fully com­pete to the high­est stan­dard within their cho­sen in­dus­try.”

Wat­tnow Elec­tri­cal owner Jonathan Smith is up for the com­mu­nity en­gage­ment prize at to­mor­row night's WA Re­gional Small Busi­ness Awards.

Emama Nguda op­er­a­tional ser­vices man­ager Ben Bur­ton and Lal­gardi En­ter­prises deputy chair­man Cyril Archer.

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