Chamber honours best in business
Local family-run business KBSS Engineering took out top honours at the Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Excellence Awards on Saturday.
The win gives the specialist engineering services provider another reason to celebrate, topping off a stellar year which has included being named WA Telstra Business Awards Best New Start-Up.
KBSS Engineering operations manager Mark Slocombe said to go from best new business at the 2014 Business Excellence Awards to being the best overall business this year was a testament to the family’s hard work over the past year.
“Since last year’s awards we have come such a long way, it makes all the hard work and long hours worth it,” he said.
“Since then we have secured a two-year maintenance contract with Yarra and a contract down at Wheatstone — the future is looking very bright for us.”
KDCCI president Grant Reilly congratulated KBSS Engineering for getting ahead of the game and looking to long-term maintenance contracts when construction work was drying up. “Three years ago KBSS Engineering was a two-man operation, today it provides employment and training opportunities for more than 100 local people,” he said.
KBSS Engineering was also named best business (20+ employees), while KBSS project engineering manager Justin Angove was awarded employee of the year.
Last year’s big winner, Wrapped Creations, picked up another gong at this year’s awards, bringing home best micro business (0-4 employees) for the second year in a row.
Karratha’s burgeoning food and beverage sector stepped up to the plate with four eateries awarded.
They included: Yo-Get It — best franchise; Blanche Bar — hospitality and tourism award; Onyx Events — best business (11-20 employees); Empire6714 — best new business; and Bart Parsons from Blanche Bar was the young business achiever.
Pilbara Site Pics reclaimed its title as best home-based business after a win at the 2015 Australian Small Business Champion Awards earlier in the year.
Mr Reilly said it was fantastic to see a diverse range of local small businesses recognised at this year’s a wards.
“These new businesses are making a valuable contribution to the local economy providing more jobs, more choices and more opportunities,” he said.
Blanche Bar’s Greg Winfield, Bart Parsons and Lara Ducie celebrate winning the hospitality and tourism award and Mr Parson’s young business achiever award.