Small busi­nesses praised

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Jakeb Wad­dell

Run­ning a lo­cal small busi­ness may come with its chal­lenges, but hard work never goes un­no­ticed in Broome.

The com­mu­nity donned their finest out­fits for the Broome Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try’s Small Busi­ness Awards on May 4, a for­mal evening to recog­nise the achieve­ments and ded­i­ca­tion of the best-of-the-best around town.

Winners and highly commended run­ners up across 13 cat­e­gories graced the stage, with a com­mon theme of de­voted staff and a de­sire to suc­ceed in each ac­cep­tance speech.

But it was Foot­print Clean­ing own­ers Aaron and Taryn Ryan who stole the show, tak­ing out both the busi­ness of the year and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment awards, as well as the highly commended prize in the busi­ness with five to 10 em­ploy­ees cat­e­gory.

Ms Ryan said the award con­firmed the busi­ness was on the right track.

“We are very grate­ful to be recog­nised and to have the op­por­tu­nity to celebrate with the busi­ness com­mu­nity,” she said.

Har­vey Nor­man Broome won the Fran­chise Busi­ness award, with judges im­pressed by owner Laura De Vere-Hunt’s com­mit­ment to qual­ity cus­tomer ser­vice.

Ms De Vere-Hunt said she was pleased to be able to put her staff in the spot­light.

“They have done such a good job since we opened, it has cer­tainly been a team ef­fort,” she said.

“The ef­fort they put in is such a high stan­dard, so the award is not just about me.”

Bart Pi­gram ac­cepted the Abo­rig­i­nal Busi­ness award for his Nar­li­jia Cul­tural Tours and said it was very en­cour­ag­ing.

“The op­er­a­tions of my busi­ness have been the most chal­leng­ing part, so win­ning this award gives me more con­fi­dence in my busi­ness and aspirations to grow it,” he said.

Em­ploy­ment and ed­u­ca­tion hous­ing fa­cil­ity Nyir­rwa Mur­rgurlayi was the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion award win­ner be­cause of its “com­mit­ment to goals which are tied to their mis­sion state­ment”.

NM man­ager Joska Nayna said the award demon­strated the com­pany was on the right path. “Our team are very proud of this achieve­ment and a chance to be role mod­els to mo­ti­vate, em­power, en­cour­age and men­tor the pro­gram par­tic­i­pants and oth­ers too,” she said.

“Per­son­ally, it gives me added con­fi­dence to con­tinue on with my cre­ativ­ity and for­ward growth.”

Other winners were Range Busi­ness Ser­vices, Kim­ber­ley Med­i­cal Group, BroomeTown B&B, Life and Soul Health and Fit­ness Club, Lift n Rig, Co­cos Beach Bun­ga­lows and Unique Kim­ber­ley Tourism Mar­ket­ing.

BCCI chief ex­ec­u­tive Elaine Jol­liffe said the awards of­fered busi­nesses a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess and im­prove on their op­er­a­tions, strate­gic di­rec­tion, strengths and weak­nesses.

“Small busi­ness is the back­bone to our eco­nomic sus­tain­abil­ity here in Broome and we were delighted to join them and their staff in cel­e­brat­ing their achieve­ments this year,” she said.

“Based on the busi­ness op­ti­mism al­ready shown, I am confident that Broome’s eco­nomic fu­ture will thrive.”

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Win­ning and highly rec­om­mended busi­nesses gather at Broome Small Busi­ness Awards.

Bart Pi­gram, cen­tre, pre­sented with his award from Nyamba Buru Yawuru chair­woman Deb­bie Pi­gram and direc­tor David Puer­tol­lano.

Har­vey Nor­man Broome fran­chise owner Laura De Vere-Hunt with Hertz Kim­ber­ley man­ag­ing direc­tor Lyn Sin­clair.

Foot­print Clean­ing own­ers Taryn and Aaron Ryan.

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