2013 Belmont Small Business Awards | 28th November | Perth Convention Center

2013 Belmont Small Business Awards | 28th November | Perth Convention Center

Let Your Business Shine BrightlyBelmont Small Business Awards 2013 logo

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the 2013 Belmont Small Business Awards.  
This is the 20th year that the business awards have run, and they provide a fantastic opportunity for small and growing enterprises in Western Australia to be recognised for their achievements.

All the categories are listed in the Belmont Small Business Awards 2013 flyer.

Businesses who entered the awards got access to complimentary weekly  information Sessions on ‘How to Prepare Award Submissions’; Free Award Entry Kits and submission guidance.

Winners & Finalists were showcased at the ‘Night of Stars Event’ at the Perth Convention Center on the 28th of November, 2013.

WA Designer Showcase – Atelier Zuhal, Green Embassy, Morgan Marks and Joanne Dellavalle. Thanks to Alpha Models and Ebony & Ivory.
Entertainment – Music by Miss Poppy

2013 Belmont Small Business Awards : Winners


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Droyt Robb, Director – ANM & Wendy Flack – Couple It

Sponsored by Australian Network Management (ANM)

ANM provides communication services to the SME and home user market. Operating since 2005, ANM has years of experience in delivering technological solutions for home and business users. Specialising in: Mobile phones using both the Telstra and Optus Mobile Networks, Home and business phone services, Home and corporate internet solutions, and VoIP. The Team at ANM understands that time = money, and guarantee a quick turnaround time for any issue which may arise, night or day, weekday or weekend. Australian Network Management, Your Technology Partner.

WINNER: Couple It

Couple It is an underwear release clip for people with limited reach or flexibility. Wendy Flack invented the product after her son had double knee surgery. Her mission is to reach all people who struggle in daily living and make their lives a little easier. Wendy’s main clients are pregnant women, patients who have had surgery, people with disabilities and the elderly. Couple It’s key strength is that there are no other products similar to theirs on the market.


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Neil Cranny, Managing Director – Westways Visual Communication & Julie Jeffery & Joel Anthony – Pierrot’s Hair Studio

Sponsored by Westways Visual Communication

Westways Visual Communication is a diverse graphic design, photography, video production, web development studio and major print supplier. Their motto is – “From business cards to magazines and everything in between”. Westways has been based in the City of Belmont for over 25 years, so next time you’re thinking of producing any marketing or promotional material to communicate your business, think Westways Visual Communication, your “LOCAL” Total Creative and Production Specialists.

WINNER: Pierrot’s Hair Studio

Pierrot’s Hair Studio are a team of hair stylists that are passionate, respectful and positively driven to appreciate individual needs to help people look and feel their absolute best. Their mission is to: inspire and encourage one’s individuality and originality; embrace mastery through perpetual knowledge; constantly surpass expectations; and nurture self and others. Pierrot’s is an Aveda concept salon and has salons in both Mt Lawley and Kalamunda.


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Carol Hanlon, CEO – Belmont BEC & Linda Ross – eHomeBuilder

Sponsored by Friends of BelmontBEC

Friends of Belmont BEC, was launched to assist with the ongoing provision of small business services delivered by the Belmont Business Enterprise Centre to the local region & beyond. Belmont BEC has assisted over 22,000 small businesses since established in 1994. Belmont BEC prides itself on delivering business support virtually ONLINE to meet the needs of its growing client base and hosted its first ‘Internet Business’ Seminar series in Belmont in 1996.

WINNER: eHomeBuilder

eHomeBuilder has been created to assist everyone find a product or home builder suited to their requirements. It is a free online resource for Western Australian customers who are building or renovating a home and provides easily understandable advice on selecting and specifying products. eHomeBuilder provide the missing information between the product manufacturer and you the client. They can help highlight what you should look for or look out for when specifying products for your home or renovation.


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Margaret Rushe Farrell – TCFWA & Pippa Spibley – Renew U Support

Sponsored by Designedge Fashion Incubator

Karl Farrell was an inspirational Chairman of TCFWA and this special award honours his memory. The Designedge Fashion Incubator established by TCFWA has provided retail and virtual showrooms and assisted over 1,000 designers through co-ordination of trade exhibitions and promotional opportunities since 2003. TCF Global is secretariat of the International Fashion Incubator Network and recently conducted the 4th International Fashion Incubator Conference ONLINE with speakers from USA, Canada & Bangladesh.

WINNER: Renew U Support

Renew U Support excels at being an empathetic and supportive provider of counselling, vocational rehabilitation, pain management support and education. In addition, they also provide personal and career growth assistance and development for people looking to make life changes by providing supportive holistic interventions. Founder Pippa Spibley has boundless energy and motivation, and hopes to continue to grow her services in the coming years.


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Jules Lewin, Chair – TCFWA & Jana Vodesil-Baruffi – Artist

Sponsored by Textile Clothing Footwear Resource Centre of WA (TCFWA)

The Textile, Clothing and Footwear Resource Centre of Western Australia Inc. (TCFWA) provides a valuable resource for the fashion & TCFL industries. Since being established in Belmont in 1998, the centre has been so successful, that it now receives requests from across Australia and overseas. Some of these have been from major global trade organisations throughout Asia and designers wishing to be involved in its opportunities and projects. Providing specialised fashion business skills, mentoring and supply chain sourcing on and off shore are just some of the areas TCFWA has been recognised for as a leader and role model organisation.

WINNER: Artist, Jana Vodesil-Baruffi

Jana Vodesil-Baruffi teaches art on a one to one basis, or in groups at art workshops, retreats and art talks. She also paints for commercial customers as well as providing a venue via her art gallery to help established and upcoming artists showcase their art. Jana’s current project ‘Permanent Impressions’ has used art as a medium to recognise and celebrate the contribution of women in our society. The inspiring portrait collection is now available as a book which includes the life stories of 50 significant women in Western Australia.


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Anna Dickie, Communications Officer – Perth Airport & Esther Roadnight

Sponsored by Perth Airport

As the gateway to Western Australia, and with an exciting phase of redevelopment well underway, Perth Airport’s own Gold Coat Volunteer Program is vital to ensure that passengers and visitors to the airport are provided with information and assistance within the international and domestic terminals. The airport recognises the invaluable contribution that volunteers like the Gold Coats make to the community, and would like to congratulate the winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award and all entrants in this category.

WINNER: Esther Roadnight

Esther Roadnight began volunteering more than 39 years ago in the Kalgoorlie/Boulder districts of W.A. Esther has received multiple awards, including being awarded the Order of Australia in January 2008 for her contribution to the community. She sits on various committees and working groups and is actively involved in the Rotary Club of Kalgoorlie, Kalgoorlie Boulder Business Development Centre, Kalgoorlie Courthouse Community Reference Group and Youth Justice Services Group, Goldfields Institute of Technology, and Kalgoorlie PCYC to name but a few!


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Dianne May, WA State Manager – AusIndustry & Andrew Ballantyne- Dream Proposals

Sponsored by My Business Incubator

Belmont Business Enterprise Centre Inc. (Belmont BEC) and My Business Incubator Project delivers specialist business improvement services ONLINE to small businesses across Western Australia. In the last few months the My Business Incubator Project has provided hundreds of small businesses and potential new businesses more than 500 free training and mentoring services. Pleasingly over 70 business support services have been delivered to those wishing to start a business.

WINNER: Dream Proposals

Dream Proposals’ mission is to help anyone plan the beginning of their lives together from the engagement ring all the way to the engagement or wedding proposal. Dream Proposals recognise that every proposal is as unique as the couple they prepare it for, and it’s their passion to make sure it is exactly what they want on the day. Dream Proposals have received many positive testimonials from their clients that are thankful for their services and have endorsed their creative flare.


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Nathan Wayne, Sales Manager – Community Newspaper Group & Erin Erceg – Seasons Funerals

Sponsored by Southern Gazette

The Southern Gazette offers advertisers quantifiable coverage reaching over 46,000 readers throughout the City of Belmont , City of South Perth and Town of Victoria Park each and every week. Their readers look to the Southern Gazette for the latest local news, opinions and advertisements, and choose to purchase from local businesses close to home.

WINNER: Seasons Funerals

Belmont based Seasons Funerals is seen as a community service by their clients. However, beyond that they have cemented their commitment to the community by developing their own award to recognise unsung community members that perform altruistic community services. This year, Seasons partnered with the Community Newspaper Group to set up the Community Champions Awards.


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Luisa Bilas – Price Attack Belmont & Sarah Moore, Marketing Manager – Belmont Forum

Sponsored by Belmont Forum

Belmont Forum Shopping Centre is the largest retail facility in the City of Belmont. The Centre houses over 130 retailers which includes over 30 fashion stores and 26 dining options in addition to Coles, Woolworths, Progressive Supa IGA, Big W, Kmart, Harvey Norman and more. Belmont Forum is a proud supporter of the local community and is thrilled to be sponsoring the Best Retail category again this year. Love Retail? Love my Belmont Forum.

WINNER: Price Attack Belmont

Price Attack Belmont Forum is part of the national Price Attack group. Price Attack are the largest and most successful hair and beauty retailer in Australia. The Belmont e-store stocks everything from shampoo and conditioner to hair appliances and false eyelashes. The team at Price Attack Belmont are focused on customer service and staff engagement, and believe that’s what makes them successful.


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Irving Lane, Vice Chair – TCFWA / TCF Australia & Eamonn Darcy- Ecocentric Energy Pty Ltd

Sponsored by TCF Australia ONLINE Energy Efficiency Training & Mentoring Project

TCF Australia ONLINE ENERGY EFFICIENCY Training & Mentoring Project assists small businesses & retailers to be more energy efficient. The project offers an extensive range of free specialist energy efficiency services to small businesses in the fashion, textile, clothing, footwear, leather (TCF) creative, and associated industries across Australia. Improving energy efficiency can help businesses save money on their operating costs whilst also lowering Australia's greenhouse gas emissions.

WINNER: Ecocentric Energy Pty Ltd

Ecocentric Energy focusses on helping their clients determine voltage optimisation and energy assessments, and also helping them implement smart products to help their power needs. In addition they have developed and internationally patented a portable energy assessment device called NRG-i.


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Terry Cockerham – Event Assist Inc & Gerry Hanssen, Managing Director – Hanssen Project Management

Sponsored by Hanssen Project Management

Hanssen Project Management specialise in the construction of high-rise residential and commercial apartments in Perth and the North West. Managing Director Gerry Hanssen believes in making a difference in the community and providing opportunities for every person to reach their full potential. Hanssen is proud to sponsor the Spirit of Australia Award.

WINNER: Event Assist Inc

Event Assist Inc. is an all-volunteer non-profit group that assists communities with grant applications and community events management. The main aim of the group is to boost the regional economy and build social capital in hinterland areas of the Peel Region through “Events Tourism”. The future of the Peel Region owes a great deal to this simple but innovative and creative initiative, which helps create jobs in hospitality, tourism and support services.


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Anna Dickie, Communications Officer – Perth Airport & Darren Patten – Murlpirrmarra Connection

Sponsored by Perth Airport

Perth Airport is proud to continue its support of the Indigenous Business of the Year Award. As custodians of the land on which the airport is located, Perth Airport recognises the importance of the area to the Noongar people and values its ongoing partnership with the local Indigenous community. Perth Airport would like to congratulate the winning Indigenous Business of the Year and all entrants in this category.

WINNER: Murlpirrmarra Connection

Murlpirrmarra Connection assists to improve the education, educational options, social skills, self-esteem, and employment prospects of young indigenous Wiluna men and women. This is achieved by a variety of activities performed between the students, parents, educational facilities, partnered organisations and government departments. This interaction creates a smooth and comfortable transition for the students into educational facilities, development programs and helps maintain a high level of engagement with those involved in the program.


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Cr. Robert Rossi, Deputy Mayor – City of Belmont & Dr Sita Mahadevan and Dr Nagappan Srigandan – Belmont City Medical Centre

Sponsored by City of Belmont

The City of Belmont is a vibrant, modern City located just six kilometres from the Perth CBD and is in close proximity to key air, rail and road networks. There is an abundance of development residential and commercial opportunities available, coupled with a strong retail, commercial and industrial base. With a focus on establishing and maintaining a progressive business community, the Council is proud to sponsor the award for the Best New Business. By recognising quality and excellence in the community, the City of Belmont – the City of Opportunity continues to be a great place to live, work and invest.

WINNER: Belmont City Medical Centre

Belmont City Medical Centre was set up in September 2012 after Health Point Medical Centre unfortunately closed its doors. The closure created a vacuum in medical services for the Belmont area, especially for the elderly and disabled who could not travel far to see other doctors. The centre now has 4 doctors who have over 80 years of combined clinical experience between them, and the medical centre is well loved and respected by the residents of Belmont.


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Jacky Finlayson, Executive Director – SBDC & Justin Poor – MTA Mobile Travel Agents

Sponsored by Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC)

Since 1984, the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) has provided independent information, guidance and advice to small business operators around the State. The SBDC works directly with small business operators and with industry and business associations to exchange information and provide support and assistance to their members. Through a range of services and programs, the SBDC is dedicated to the development and growth of the small business sector. SBDC are proud to sponsor the 2013 Belmont Business Awards which recognise and acknowledge the very significant contribution made by small businesses to our economy and our community.

WINNER: MTA Mobile Travel Agents

MTA Mobile Travel Agents bring the world of travel to their clients – literally. They have revolutionised the traditional Australian Travel Agency model by offering mobile travel consultants to their clients’ nationally. They pride themselves on the depth of knowledge and industry experience of each and every one of their MTA Travel Experts. This, coupled with their big agency buying power, ensures that their customers receive the best value deals tailored to their specific travel needs.


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Charlie Gunningham, GM Digital – Business News & Daniel Joveski – SwitchMyLoan Pty Ltd

Sponsored by Business News

Business News aims to be the best news and information service, providing the insights, connection and opportunities of doing business in the nation's most successful economy. They achieve this through an editorial team that is committed to delivering quality and trusted news and information and engaging with the full range of business sectors in the WA economy via print and digital platforms.

WINNER: SwitchMyLoan Pty Ltd

Daniel founded SwitchMyLoan as he had a vision to save Australian homebuyers millions of dollars on their home loans. SwitchMyLoan has already resulted in the referral of over $106million worth of home loans to Australia’s major banks in their first year of business. Daniel holds qualifications from Curtin University, The University of Western Australia & Harvard University in the USA.


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Jasmyn Mumme, State President – BPW WA & Evelynn Chatfield – The Coffee Club Belmont Forum

Sponsored by Business & Professional Women of Western Australia (BPW WA)

Business & Professional Women Australia is a network of women who want to end gender inequality. Their focus is on issues that affect women and work. BPW develops the professional, leadership and business potential of women on all levels through networking, skill building, advocacy, mentoring and economic empowerment projects around the world. Members give their time and passion to run the projects and generally make an impact that’s good for women and therefore the world. And along the way, women network, have fun and learn a lot.

WINNER: Evelynn Chatfield

Evelynn Chatfield runs three successful The Coffee Club stores, including The Coffee Club Belmont Forum. Evelyn operates these professionally in line with The Coffee Club policies and procedures and has often been commended on her exceptional customer service by her clients and colleagues. Evelyn is also dedicated to looking after her staff and ensures that they are well trained to meet industry and franchise standards.


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Carol Hanlon, CEO – TCFWA & Ingrid Hocking – Ingrid Hocking Couture

Sponsored by Sheila Magazine

Sheila Magazine is a fashion and lifestyle magazine produced monthly and supports everything West Australian. Every month they produce a 32 page publication which consists of a free copy, a digital edition and a subscriber’s edition. Their focus is on WA business, fashion, food and lifestyle.

WINNER: Ingrid Hocking Couture

From design concept to finished product, Ingrid Hocking Couture delivers the highest quality of service and workmanship in every individual gown. Ingrid has more than 19 years’ experience in the fashion industry and has built up her reputation as a highly sort after and respected bespoke couturier. Ingrid works with her clients’ distinct personalities to create the most perfectly fitted and suited gowns for them.


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Marjorie Charleson – Racebreed Australia & Kim Broad – Broad Nominees Pty Ltd

Sponsored by Racebreed Australia

RACEBREED AUSTRALIA was for ten years the ONLY commercially independent publication based in Western Australia promoting the thoroughbred breeding and racing industry through newsagents and subscribers across Australia and into New Zealand. Other WA publications were “house magazines” produced by local industry associations for the local market. Racebreed was previously a three-time winner of the Belmont Small Business Awards in the Categories of Tourism, Marketing and the initial Racing Industry Award before becoming a sponsor of the latter category. Marjorie Charleson has been the sole proprietor, publisher and editor of the magazine since 1998 when it appeared as Racing West prior to the name change in 2000. RACEBREED was inducted into the Belmont Small Business Awards HALL OF FAME in 2011 .

WINNER: Broad Nominees Pty Ltd

Kim Broad and his wife Tania operate Broad Nominees. Kim is a skilled farrier and their clientele are studs, race horse trainers and vet clinics. He also lectures at the Equine Training Centre in Armadale. Kim is an active member of the Western Australian Farriers Association and believes that you can never stop learning, having recently completed a 5 day international exam to become the only Advanced Skills Farrier in WA.


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Andrew Willoughby – Telstra Business Centre Belmont & Durmus Yildiz – Solarmatrix Pty Ltd

Sponsored by Telstra Business Centre Belmont

The Telstra Business Centre Belmont is here to help local business with the complete range of Telstra telecommunications solutions. Locate at 138 Abernethy Road, Belmont they have working technology on display and an experienced team available to offer professional advice – or they can meet with you face to face at your business. Telstra Business Centre Belmont is looking forward to helping improve your business efficiencies, improve your customer interactions and increase your bottom line. After all, that is why we are all in business!

WINNER: Solarmatrix Pty Ltd

Environmental protection is at the core of Solarmatrix’s business operations. The founder of Solarmatrix was driven by the need to reduce carbon emissions and build the business on the foundation of ‘wanting to provide a clean energy future by making quality solar power affordable and accessible for everyone, everywhere’. In the future Solarmatrix hopes to diversify from solar PV and move into other areas of renewable energy and energy saving technologies.


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Mel Fialho, Vice President – Australia Asia Association & Zeeshan Pasha, Director – Nifex

Sponsored by Australian Asian Association of WA

The Australian Asian Association is one of Western Australia’s premier ethnic conglomerate bodies, providing rent free accommodation to 17 of their ethnic conglomerate associations from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe in their current building on Stirling Street. The building is used for services by the Chilean, Thai and Filipino Consul Generals. This building has a major and a minor function centre which are in constant use. The Australian Asian Association provides a range of services to their clients including Training, Legal Advice, Immigration Advice and Case Management, Welfare, Emergency Relief, Aged Care under the Community Aged Care Packages and Health and Community Care and an Ethnic Secretariat that provides amongst its many services, help to new and emerging groups in preparing their constitutions and registration. The membership and services continue to grow in geometrical proportions as evident from tonight’s function.

WINNER: Zeeshan Pasha – The Nifnex Review

The Nifnex Review is Perth’s SME Business publication with informative and educational business articles, interviews and resources read by over 43,000 est. business people in Perth most of whom are owners of small to medium sized businesses. In addition, Nifnex runs regular networking events to help business owners interact whilst learning from a guest speaker in an open forum style setting. Originally from India, Zeeshan arrived in Australia in 1996 as a student wanting to pursue his dreams of being a successful businessman whilst staying true to his culture, roots, and embracing the aussie spirit to make a name for himself.


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Raj Selvendra, Committee Member – Belmont BEC & Martine Keenan – Epichem Pty Ltd

Sponsored by Belmont Business Enterprise Centre Inc (BEC)

Belmont BEC established the Belmont Small Business Awards in 1994 and this is now the 20th annual awards program which has recognised business excellence of many hundreds of small businesses over these years. Exporting goods or services around the world is a challenge for small business owners to continue searching for new markets and clients in this fast changing global economy. Although it is now easier for a small business to quickly tap into online buyers, but to stay ahead and cope with the multiple demands of export, various time zones, hemispheres and cultures requires a dedicated and skilled small business owner.

WINNER: Epichem Pty Ltd

Epichem was formed in 2003 to provide services in synthetic and medicinal chemistry to the drug discovery and pharmaceutical industries. With two state-of-the-art laboratories in Perth and Melbourne, Epichem now serves an international clientele ranging from small operations to large multinational pharmaceutical companies. Epichem has achieved this by combining a world class team of highly innovative chemists and a management team committed to customer service.


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Bev Poor, Managing Director – Watering Concepts & Jamie Clark and Caitlin Harrison – Leap Consulting Pty Ltd

Sponsored by Watering Concepts

Watering Concepts is a Western Australian owned company with a 33 year record of service within the community. Watering Concepts designs, supplies and services systems for water-based solutions including process water for mining, chemical applications, industrial waste applications and for use within the water utilities system. They can assist with designing new projects or building and supplying customised control valves for existing systems; provide on-site or workshop repairs/refits for existing equipment dealing with control of flow, pressure, quality and distribution of solutions; provide access to spare parts and repairs to most brands of filters, control valves and flow meters, to maintain their reputation as Problem Solvers for Water Distribution Operations.

WINNER: Leap Consulting Pty Ltd

Leap Consulting was established in 2004 by an experienced team of IT consultants to empower small and medium business owners with the necessary knowledge to enable them to more effectively use IT to achieve their business goals. Since its inception, Leap has grown from a small team of two, to over twenty staff members. Leap is also exceptionally community focused and proudly support many not for profit organisations.


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Zeeshan Pasha, Director – Nifex & Andrew Bloom, ASB Marketing Pty Ltd

Sponsored by Nifnex

Small Businesses need inspiration, positivity and right knowledge to grow their business. This is what NIFNEX has been providing to small businesses in Perth for the past 2 years through their business newspaper which is in your goodie bag and their networking events. Nifnex was also the Best marketing award winner here last year and this year have chosen to show their support by sponsoring the ‘Business Person of the Year’ category.

WINNER: ASB Marketing Pty Ltd

ASB Marketing in Belmont has been supplying small, medium and large businesses alike with a vast range of quality branded promotional merchandise for the past 21 years. ASB Marketing was recently awarded an Australian Promotional Product Association award for promotional excellence for their new website.


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Craig Benporath – Greenhouse International & Dan Petkov, Bank Manager – Westpac Belmont

Sponsored by Westpac Belmont

Westpac Belmont has been established in the local area since 1952 and over the past 61 years has undergone many changes. The most recent is its renewed investment to the Belmont community by establishing a new Bank Now branch, preparing for the future and transforming the way we interact with our customers. The new branch has been heavily influenced by customers' and their changing requirements. Westpac Belmont also offer customers a 24 hour, seven-day-a-week self-service banking facility and is the only bank to offer comprehensive after hours services.

WINNER: Greenhouse International

Craig Benporath, owner of Greenhouse International is a qualified mechanical engineer, with an MBA in strategic management. Craig’s company Greenhouse International specialises in energy saving solutions, and provides cost effective LED lighting options to help save his clients’ money and improve their lives. The Greenhouse International free online energy calculator is an example of how Craig helps businesses and consumers make educated decisions to maximise their savings and returns with their lighting decisions.


The Judging Panel consists of business people selected for their specialist small business knowledge. Judges have the right to place entrants in an alternative category, if they deem necessary. Finalists will be notified and asked to provide additional information if required by the Judging Panel.
The Judges’decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Confidentiality – The information contained in the Award entry remains confidential and will only be accessible to the Judging Panel.


The Belmont Small Business Awards in previous years