Broome celebrates small business at awards
Written on the 5 May 2018
Broome's small business community gathered last night to celebrate their achievements in a glittering award ceremony at the Mangrove Hotel.
Hosted by GWN7 news anchor Noel Brunning, the event was attended by 140 local business members.
HOME BASED BUSINESS
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Hats By Felicity
WINNER: Range Business Services
Established in 2013, Range Business Services offers flexible, convenient bookkeeping solutions and fixed price 'rescue' work. Judges were impressed with the momentum that Range had gained in this short period of time, attention to detail and workflow processes. Range Business Services uses a strong mix of business planning while embracing a good mix of traditional and technological systems. Their fixed pricing cost system showed that they are able to deliver on promises to meet customer needs.
HERTZ BROOME AWARD FOR FRANCHISE BUSINESS
WINNER: Harvey Norman Broome
Harvey Norman Broome opened in December 2016, offering the largest whitegoods and small appliance range in the Kimberley. Owner Laura De Vere-Hunt lives by the philosophy, opportunity can't knock if you don't build a door' which is evident through her initiatives to offer Broome locals a retail experience that would match that of any metropolitan outlet. Judges were impressed by Laura's commitment to maintaining high values and quality customer service.
NYAMBA BURU YAWURU AWARD FOR ABORIGINAL BUSINESS
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Kimberley Wild Gubinge
WINNER: Narlijia Cultural Tours
KIMBERLEY SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT AWARD FOR START-UP BUSINESS
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Lana Reed Productions
WINNER: Kimberley Medical Group
BURU ENERGY AWARD FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
WINNER: Footprint Cleaning
SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AWARD FOR BUSINESS WITH 0 TO 4 EMPLOYEES
WINNER: BroomeTown B&B
INPEX ICHTHYS AWARD FOR BUSINESS WITH 5 TO 10 EMPLOYEES
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Footprint Cleaning
Just missing out on a second win for the evening, Footprint Cleaning has demonstrated exceptional business development, with commitment to innovation, customer service, staff and local community.
WINNER: Life and Soul Health and Fitness Club
For the second year running, Life and Soul Health and Fitness Club has taken this award for their strong business performance and tactical planning to ensure they are always relevant to everyday people.
Life and Soul prides itself for being more than just a health and fitness club, rather a community for local people to meet and exercise together. Judges were impressed by their investment in people, customer strategies and technical innovations. They consistently display strong business ethics and community links.
CABLE BEACH CLUB RESORT & SPA AWARD FOR BUSINESS 11 TO 20 EMPLOYEES
WINNER: Lift n Rig
Established in 2012, Lift n Rig is the only certified crane company in the Kimberley, and prides itself on a perfect safety record. Following the post-boom construction downturn, Lift n Rig proved their resilience through strong business planning that ensured their overheads still allowed the business to operate at a profit while not compromising on their level of service. Their future planning to diversify the business impressed the judges, and commitment to support local sport organisations while retaining year-round trainees. Judges were also impressed with Rusty's quote, "we try to keep the business secret otherwise we can't go fishing."
KIMBERLEY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION AWARD FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
WINNER: Cocos Beach Bungalows
Comprised of eight stand alone pearling master style bungalows, Cocos Beach Bungalows prides itself on excellent customer service as evident in their guest reviews which have resulted in:
TripAdvisor number 1 of 13 hotels in Broome 2018
Judges were impressed by Coco's very strong case studies showing excellent understand of customers and their needs as well as great strategies to keep customers loyal.
MANGROVE HOTEL AWARD FOR NON PROFIT ORGANISATION
HIGHLY COMMENDED: It was an almost-tie for second place in this category so we're pleased to announce two organisations as Highly Commended
WINNER: NYIRRWA MURRGURLAYI
HORIZON POWER INNOVATION AWARD
WINNER: Unique Kimberley Tourism Marketing
As contributing judge to the award, Horizon Power says digital platforms can overcome the tyranny of distance, but when run locally they retain the essence of the product. The interconnectedness of the tourism 'network' is retained through Unique Kimberley's approach, which is why it impresses us. So congratulations to Robyn and Chris.
WORKING TOGETHER BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
WINNER: Footprint Cleaning
The Broome Chamber congratulates all businesses who were nominated for a Small Business Award this year, and thanks all sponsors whose valuable support make the event possible.
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