War­ragul busi­ness takes out top award

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LOCAL LIVING -

West Gipp­s­land busi­nesses won seven of the 12 awards on of­fer at the Gipp­s­land Busi­ness Awards re­cently.

War­ragul busi­ness War­ragul Den­tal Care was named Gipp­s­land Busi­ness of the Year.

About 400 peo­ple at­tended the an­nual Fed­er­a­tion Busi­ness School gala awards night, held on Fri­day, Au­gust 31.

Awards chair­man Graeme Sen­nett said the qual­ity of en­tries this year was out­stand­ing, cre­at­ing a “good prob­lem” for judges and demon­strat­ing the qual­ity and depth of busi­ness in the re­gion.

“The qual­ity of en­tries, the fi­nal­ists and the even­tual win­ners show that our re­gional busi­ness sec­tor is not only healthy but in­no­va­tive and suc­cess­ful,” Mr Sen­nett said.

War­ragul Den­tal Care took out the new “Health and Well­be­ing” cat­e­gory be­fore win­ning the Busi­ness of the Year Award.

Once again ex­cel­lence man­u­fac­tur­ing in Gipp­s­land was recog­nised with War­ragul’s Eli In­no­va­tion and Elite Pack from Drouin be­ing named joint win­ners of the Man­u­fac­tur­ing/Ex­port cat­e­gory.

“We had an ex­tremely strong field this year, with our en­tries up on pre­vi­ous years so each of the cat­e­gory win­ners re­ally earned their spot,” Mr Sen­nett said.

“Our gala on Fri­day was a great cel­e­bra­tion of the ca­pac­ity and abil­ity of Gipp­s­land busi­nesses.”

Each fi­nal­ist is as­sessed and in­de­pen­dently rated by five dif­fer­ent judges across 10 judg­ing cri­te­ria, and as ap­pro­pri­ate, re­ceiv­ing site vis­its or judges un­der­tak­ing mys­tery shop­per vis­its.

Judges com­ments on each of the cat­e­gory win­ners were:

Health and Well­be­ing and Busi­ness of the Year Award War­ragul Den­tal Care, War­ragul

“Demon­strates lead­er­ship by be­ing at the fore­front of tech­nol­ogy in­clud­ing 3D scan­ning and print­ing and also coach­ing oth­ers in the in­dus­try. A sig­nif­i­cant in­no­va­tion has been the in­tro­duc­tion of Dogter Bruce (DOG) to help anx­ious clients which has cre­ated a great deal of in­ter­est. The busi­ness is ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one with free den­tal screenings and ses­sions for kids as well as ac­cept­ing free com­mu­nity health ser­vice pa­tients.”

Busi­ness and Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices - Satin Edge Pho­tog­ra­phy, War­ragul

“A solid ap­pli­ca­tion high­light­ing the ben­e­fits of man­ag­ing the var­i­ous as­pects of a busi­ness to re­duce ex­pen­di­ture and meet the needs of the mar­ket. Re­brand­ing and re­fo­cus­ing have paid div­i­dends for this busi­ness. Tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of drone pho­tog­ra­phy, has seen the busi­ness di­ver­sify.”

Man­u­fac­tur­ing/Ex­port - Eli In­no­va­tion, War­ragul and Elite Pack, Drouin.

Eli In­no­va­tion – “A re­gion­ally based busi­ness meet­ing the needs of farm­ers in an en­vi­ron­ment with great fluc­tu­a­tions in liq­uid­ity. The prod­uct is well po­si­tioned price wise and fu­ture ex­pan­sion plans pro­vide fur­ther op­por­tu­nity for growth. Strate­gic part­ner­ships have in­creased the com­pa­nies reach and un­der­pin on­go­ing growth and de­vel­op­ment. “

Elite Pack – “An in­no­va­tive small man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­ness with a clear record of sus­tained growth, ex­cel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice and a just in time de­liv­ery process. Sup­ply­ing both na­tional and in­ter­na­tional clients, meet­ing the chang­ing needs of a chal­leng­ing mar­ket has de­liv­ered re­sults, with flex­i­bil­ity and in­ter­nal ef­fi­ciency recog­nised as key driv­ers for busi­ness suc­cess.”

Me­chan­i­cal Trades and Con­struc­tion - Cut­ting Edge Elec­tri­cal, War­ragul

“This busi­ness taps into op­por­tu­ni­ties wher­ever pos­si­ble. Big on re­search and de­vel­op­ment and ex­pan­sion, the busi­ness is ex­port­ing prod­ucts to China, has clear suc­ces­sion plan­ning in place, a strong fo­cus on staff cul­ture, well­be­ing and train­ing and com­mu­nity sup­port.”

New Busi­ness – Gipp­sTech, War­ragul

“Gipp­sTech has shown that a world-class dig­i­tal de­vel­op­ment agency can be built out of a small coun­try town. This ex­cel­lent busi­ness has de­liv­ered proven re­sults, pro­vid­ing sig­nif­i­cant di­rect and in­di­rect sup­port to the lo­cal com­mu­nity. With a clear vi­sion and em­pa­thy for the re­gional com­mu­nity the busi­ness is making an im­pact by im­prov­ing ca­pac­ity, gen­er­at­ing in­come and pro­vid­ing real sup­port.”

Tourism Ac­tiv­i­ties and At­trac­tions - Wal­halla Gold­fields Rail­way, Wal­halla

“A suc­cess­ful tourism ini­tia­tive, grown through care­ful plan­ning and fi­nan­cial man­age­ment. A strate­gic ap­proach to growth and an ex­cel­lent com­pli­ance regime sup­port a sound tourism at­trac­tion heav­ily de­pen­dent upon hav­ing en­gaged and ac­tive vol­un­teers.”

Above: New Busi­ness award winner was Gipp­stech.Maria Sereno ac­cepted the award from Daryl White and Elena Kalareva

Right: Fed­er­a­tion Busi­ness School’s Bob O’Shea presents the Busi­ness of the Year award to Belinda Brau­man and Anand Mak­wana of War­ragul Den­tal Care.

Tourism Ac­tiv­i­ties and At­trac­tions spon­sor rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cr Meg Ed­wards with Lynda Ge­orge, Don Beavis and Vic­to­ria Whe­lan from Wal­halla Gold­fields Rail­way.

Joint win­ners of the Man­u­fac­tur­ing/Ex­port award - Greg Cole and Nits Net­zer of Eli In­no­va­tion ac­cept the award from Leigh Kennedy.

Leigh Kennedy presents the Man­u­fac­tur­ing/Ex­port Award to joint win­ners Pi­eta Reidy and Wayne Portelli of Elite Pack

Busi­ness and Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices Award winner was Satin Edge Pho­tog­ra­phy. Hayley Chaf­fer and Leonie Gr­bic ac­cept the award from Cr Ian Bye.

Me­chan­i­cal Trades and Con­struc­tion spon­sor rep­re­sen­ta­tive Colin Young presents the award to Greg Cole from Cut­ting Edge Elec­tri­cal.

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