Busi­ness awards recog­nise suc­cess

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Co­ral Coast He­li­copter crew is sit­ting on “chop” of the world af­ter tak­ing home a swag of awards from the 2017 Gas­coyne Re­gional Busi­ness Awards.

Co­ral Coast He­li­copters will have to find a big­ger hangar to store its awards af­ter win­ning the tourism, cus­tomer ser­vice and best busi­ness with zero to four em­ploy­ees, as well as tak­ing out the over­all win­ner of the night.

Co-owner op­er­a­tion and ac­counts Jodie An­der­son said the com­pany had seen strong de­mand in the tourism and mus­ter­ing mar­kets since start­ing up.

“The mus­ter­ing in­dus­try has just blown up, it has been our bread and but­ter re­ally, but tourism is fan­tas­tic as well,” she said.

“We were ac­tu­ally ex­pect­ing to do more busi­ness out of Co­ral Bay, but Carnar­von has been re­ally good.

“There is def­i­nitely an in­ter­na­tional clien­tele that we are try­ing to tap into and hope­fully next year we can re­ally get a hold of that.”

Ms An­der­son said the com­pany was look­ing at pur­chas­ing its third he­li­copter next year to keep up with de­mand.

Other mul­ti­ple award win­ners of the night in­cluded the Liz New­ton Dance Academy and Co­ral Coast Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal.

On The Deck Shark Bay owner Phil Thom­son, who won the ac­com­mo­da­tion cat­e­gory, said op­er­at­ing busi­ness in the bush was a chal­leng­ing but re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We have won many awards from over­seas . . . but this is the first time our busi­ness has been recog­nised in Aus­tralia,” he said. “It has got its dif­fi­cul­ties, but you have to re­mem­ber Shark Bay is one of the most spec­tac­u­lar places in the world and the guests we have come to see our beau­ti­ful ecol­ogy.”

Awards event co-or­di­na­tor Mar­i­lyn Rulyan­cich said busi­ness in the Gas­coyne was an un­tapped re­source.

She said she ex­pected big things from State fi­nal­ists this year, af­ter two Gas­coyne busi­nesses won awards last year.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

The 2017 Gas­coyne Re­gional Busi­ness Awards win­ners.

Todd John from Ex­mouth Com­put­ers and Tech­nol­ogy with North West Cen­tral MLA Vince Cata­nia.

Froth Craft co-owner Pete Firth and SBDC’s Noel Ib­bot­son.

Dave Ross from Dive Nin­ga­loo and Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion con­tracts and re­la­tion­ships man­ager Noel Ib­bot­son.

Seven West Me­dia Mid West re­gional man­ager Ja­son McCarthy and Liz New­ton Dance Academy owner Liz New­ton.

Ex­mouth Well­ness Cen­tre’s Clay Far­ley and Gas­coyne Re­gional Busi­ness Awards event co-or­di­na­tor Mar­i­lyn Rulyan­cich.

North West Cen­tral MLA Vince Cata­nia and Cabs On Call owner Anne McCar­rol.

Co­ral Coast He­li­copters co-owner Jodie An­der­son and Hori­zon Power's Ie­sha Pugh.

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