Belmont small business awards

The Belmont Business Enterprise (BEC) is proud to again present the Belmont Small Business Awards, recognising the professionalism of businesses in the Belmont area. While the awards are recognition for hard work and a job well done, all entrants involved in the awards process gain a better understanding of their clients, product, marketing and development. The BEC congratulates them all.

Best New Business and Enterprise of the year

Awnings WA – Proprietor David Pankhurst.

Based in Belmont, Awnings WA is involved in the manufacture, supply and installation of an extensive range of high quality external window coverings including fixed and retractable awnings, sunscreens, shade sails and roller shutters. The business was founded in 1999 and owner David Pankhurst believes that the company’s attention to detail and genuine desire to help its customers are the main factors contributing to the company’s ongoing success.

Most Innovative Enterprise

PDA Products – Directors Peter Dresen and Paul Pietsch.

PDA Products are specialists in supplying the building industry with high quality and highly effective products. Major Hardware Retailers recognise the quality of PDA products and readily distribute them to the public through stores Mitre 10 and Bunnings. The test of time has seen PDA’s major product Mortafil widely accepted by professional builders all over Australia.

Quality Customer Service

All year Gas and Air Conditioning – Partners Steve Barnes and Michael Garwood.

All Year Gas and Air Conditioning is a partnership that began in 1993 specifying, supplying and installing quality superior technologically advanced reverse cycle, total air management, evaporative airconditioning, gas heating and solar based products to maintain an ideal environment in the office or home.

Best Retail Business News

Forum House Of Cards – Owners/Directors Margo and David Combe.

Forum House of Cards continually strives for operational excellence and provides the best range of cards and gifts based on consumer needs and wants and does so at competitive/value for money prices. Despite their being a national downturn in cards and gifts retail over the past year the business has stood its ground with a substantial increase in trading figures. Attention to customers needs and wants remains a major focus.

Community Spirit and Best Staff Training

Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre – Manager Debra Graham.

Located in the heart of Belmont the Belmont Oasis leisure centre is owned by Belmont City Council and managed by Debra Graham. It is one of the largest leisure centres in Perth, consisting of 3 pools, a spa and sauna, three sports halls, a creche, function and meeting rooms and a health club. The centre participates in the very important LeisureCo ‘Three Tier Training Plan’ which provides training in occupational Health and Safety, Risk Management, Emergency Response, In-service training for swim school and health club, Senior First Aid, Computer Training, Customer Service and Sales Training.

Best Marketing

Cooling Brothers Glass Company

Cooling Brothers Glass Co are celebrating 9 years in business in 2001. Based in Belmont, Cooling Brothers are glass merchants providing glass processing and installation to a predominantly commercial market, in particular shop fittings. The major service of the company is to provide a cost effective, yet flexible service able to meet and understand the needs of today’s shop fitting industry.

Youth Enterprise

Edealism – Owner Bernard O’Rourkes.

The name is to put an internet spin on ideas and idealism. Bernard O’Rourkes started Edealism four years ago and has achieved considerable success since that time, culminating in the opening of a London branch in 2000. The London office is taking advantage of the exchange rate in providing first-rate services for approximately half the cost of similar services in the UK. Edealism provides Internet and Intranet design, e-business solutions, interactive marketing services and a variety of digital media applications.

Quality Management

Deering Autronics – Business Development Manager Peter Blunden.

Deering Autronics is a recognised leader in the Auto Electrical and Auto airconditioning service industries in WA. Its services include drive in and mobile service, spare parts, exchange units, new equipment, cruise control supply and installation and a wide range of accessories.

Export and Hall of Fame

Hot Bods Creatures – Owner Susy Griffiths.

Based in Belmont, HotBods manufactures, wholesales and exports a range of cuddly, wheat filled and scented creatures for use as comforters, aromatherapy friends and therapeutic heat or chill packs. Owner Susy Griffiths launched her first HotBods Bear in April 1996. The response was overwhelming and as word of the new product spread 30 000 HotBods had been sold in one year in Australia alone. The company now has a flourishing exportation business and employs 12 staff and 35 sewing sub contractors.

Best Tourism

Regency Limousines – Director Dean Kow

Located in Redcliffe, Regency Limousines have been operating for two and a half years and employ five staff. The business was established in 1999 by Dean Kow, who in doing so fulfilled a lifelong ambition to become a premier leader in luxury ground transportation in WA. The company targets the corporate market, providing stretch limousines to overseas delegates and company directors. They also provide corporate sedans, mini buses and coaches.

Judges Awards

Graeme J Webster Racing Stables – Trainer and PR manager Graeme and Claudia Webster.

Graeme and Claudia Webster started their racing/entertainment business in Belmont about 18 months ago with the specific aim of training winning racehorses and providing horse owners with an entertaining and profitable day at the races. Webster stables has up to 15 horses in work being trained by Graeme who has more than 25 years’ experience in the racing industry.

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