The Unios Lighting team after winning the award. Photo: Unios

Unios wins Telstra business award

Wangara-based manufacturer of lights and fixtures, Unios Lighting, has been picked as the Telstra Western Australian business of the year, after growing from one person to 50 staff in six years.

The business was founded by Paley Ho, who won a Business News 40under40 award this year.

Unios has fitted lights in airport terminals, residential buildings and commercial developments both in Australia and export markets in New Zealand and Indonesia.

It offers an online platform allowing customers to pick and specify the lighting fixtures they want, aiming to make a complex process digitally streamlined.

"Our business stems from the desire to disrupt an industry by making every step of the journey simpler while also making the most of technology advances,” Mr Ho said.

Telstra group executive consumer and small business Michael Ackland said each of the award winners were doing new things.

“With its finger always on the pulse, Unios challenges a market traditionally dominated by only a handful of global players,” Mr Ackland said. 

“They’re breaking through the status quo by bringing together design, performance and value.

“In this very complex industry, Unios competes on an international scale and has demonstrated strong financial results, an inspiring vision and long-term expansion plans.”

Three other businesses picked up awards at the event on Thursday night.

That included pet friendly Cafe Mojo Mundaring, which won the emerging and energised award, and Work Metrics, which won the small and succeeding award. 

CBD-based Work Metrics is a technology business which says it uses artificial intelligence to provide insights on employees such as training status and incident history.

The Western Australian social change maker award went to Warmun Art Centre.