Cham­ber hon­ours best in busi­ness

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Court­ney Fowler

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.

Pic­ture: Mar­garet Bertling

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.

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