December 2018 - 2018 Young Achiever Nominee - Lisa Young

Her role involves managing the business operations, finance management, financial and business planning, franchise and legal compliance, HR management & customer service management and she currently has a team of thirty staff directly reporting to her on a daily basis. Lisa is also undertaking an Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management at Vic Uni Polytechnic as she aims towards expanding her career towards being a Business Operations Manager for the CEM Group, who currently own thirty Quest businesses across Australia.

December 2018 - 2018 Young Achiever Nominee - Bradley Owen

Bradley oversaw the project from concept, planning/design and implementation, and kept the project on track, and within budget. Bradley has also become the face of Kinder’s YouTube channel where he has delivered interesting, informative and professional video presentations which have proven highly beneficial in highlighting Kinder’s core competencies. In his short time at Kinder, Bradley has made significant contributions, particularly in the Sales and Engineering area, providing innovative win/win solution for their customers and the business.

December 2018 - 2018 Young Achiever Nominee - Ashley Rajaratne

Although only part-time while he completes his accountancy degree, he has also supported Ashfords as part of the IT team, and in particular provided assistance in the move to a new document management system by cleaning up the issues with the existing database. Ashley also undertook an accountancy-based trip to America, learning the workflow process from some of the biggest companies in the world such as Disney, Mastercard, and GE Money.

December 2018 - 2018 Young Achiever Nominee - Tim Dunphy

The company then set about provided him with an all-round experience of the business, starting as a Sales Cadet role before moving into his current role of Production Co-ordinator where he is exposed to Estimating, Production Planning, Client Service and PrePress, where Tim’s multi-tasking talents have come to the fore with precision accuracy in everything that he does. Tim aims to become familiar with all aspects of the organisation and would like to work in a senior management role as an Operations/Sales Manager, where he can have an influence and impact on the manufacturing side of the business as well as continue to work with clients.

December 2018 - 2018 Young Achiever Nominee - Claudette Auliso

This involves scheduling of over 2500 training sessions per annum. As trainers are often in class during the working days Claudette makes herself available to the trainer outside of normal working hours to ensure they are supported and have a clear line of communication. Claudette has significantly improved rostering and trainer engagement which has resulted in key staff being able to focus on driving company growth as well as improving retention of casual staff which has enabled the company to take on a greater range of clients.

December 2018 - 2018 Young Achiever - Sam Fox

In his early 20’s Sam developed and ran a company which offered a wide range of sporting programs to youth across the Frankston, Bayside & Mornington Peninsula. Whilst finishing his final year of a Bachelor of Sports Management at Victoria University he was accepted by St Kilda to complete his final work placement which in large was to assist with getting the club’s Next Generation Academy off the ground. Sam is now St Kilda’s Community Football and Next Generation Academy Coordinator - a role that includes management of school and community football programs, growing connections and player visitations with Auskick and junior clubs, , assisting junior community leagues in increasing the number of young girls participating in football, and coordinating all aspects of the annual ‘Collective Bargaining Agreement’ requirements for player appearances. Sam is also tasked with managing St Kilda’s Multicultural & Indigenous community platforms as well as developing innovative new concepts to engage athletes from diverse cultures and non-traditional football backgrounds.

December 2018 - 2018 Service Excellence Award - elle belle recruitment

Equipped with over 18 years of experience in the recruitment business, Linda set up the company to offer customised recruitment solutions to clients after seeing the need for a specialist agency that works to create strong and meaningful partnerships with their clients.

Situated within the Bayside suburb of Moorabbin, they are renowned for being experts in recruitment supporting all industry sectors with a focus on the manufacturing, industrial, and engineering businesses based within Melbourne’s South Eastern suburbs. elle belle recruitment are 'Big enough to deliver and small enough to care'. 

              

The team at elle belle recruitment do not believe in a ‘one shoe, fits all' approach to recruitment so they provide innovative solutions to each individual client by working with them to understand their requirements, business structure and corporate culture to ensure the highest caliber staff can be sourced and represented. This flexibility and adaptability has ensured their continued success.

To ensure they remain ahead of their competitors and are consistently meeting the needs and expectations of their clients and candidates, elle belle recruitment conducts regular online surveys with both candidates and clients to ascertain their thoughts and receive both positive and constructive feedback. These surveys serve as an invaluable tool to reflect upon our service level and refine our processes both internally and externally to our clients and candidates.

elle belle recruitment aim to be viewed as industry experts so in addition to providing end to end recruitment, they also assist their clients with Process Improvement (position descriptions, coordinating on-boarding processes, conducting on site interviews with management), OHS/Safety (Safety assessments, support and feedback to help implement structured OHS plans), Competency bases Assessments (administration of skills based online assessments for candidates). 

elle belle recruitment make a conscientious effort to thank their candidates and clients for their support. A temporary employee is selected by the staff at elle belle recruitment monthly to receive the "Temp of the Month" award in recognition of their efforts, hard work and commitment to the assignment and elle belle recruitment staff visit the candidate post placement once they have completed their initial three months and present them with a gift to recognise their efforts. 

elle belle recruitment also provide a supportive, focused and learning focused culture by providing staff with opportunities to develop and gain experience that they would not be able to achieve in larger recruitment firms, and whilst growth is always a focus, they plan for steady growth to ensure the high service levels are maintained. Growth is also planned via alliances with like-minded businesses to expand their client and candidate base and help them become the employment agency of choice for candidates and clients within the industrial and manufacturing sector.

December 2018 - 2018 Community Award - Grants of Australia

Amongst their products were fluoride free toothpaste but their children did not like the taste of them.  Michael tried to mix up his own toothpaste but wasn’t successful. He met a local toothpaste manufacturer who had a chemist who produced samples under Michael & Michelle’s direction. The samples were made from natural products, completely free from artificial ingredients and preservatives - no fluoride, no parabens, no artificial colours or flavours, no preservatives, no sugar and no sulphates. Shelf life and stability was achieved from the base product (calcium silicate) and herbs were used to replicate the flavours.

Using the name ‘Grants’ (from the street in which they lived at the time), the finished products were produced by the local manufacturer and small batches were stored at home and sold in their own shops.

                                            

They gave samples to health product representatives who came to their stores and these representatives led them to distributors who Michael visited in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane and started to wholesale the toothpaste for sale into health food stores. One local distributor sold Grants Toothpaste  into Safeway, and in  1992 Mike secured a position for Grants Herbal & Mineral Toothpaste in Coles health food section.

From modest beginnings with one variety of toothpaste in several health stores in Melbourne, Grants toothpaste spread to nearly every health store in Australia and by the early 1990’s it was stocked in major supermarkets right across the country.

But their quest for more natural products didn’t finish with toothpaste. In 1995 they developed Vitamin B Liquid and Crystal Deodorant, and in 2009 they developed an alcohol free Mouthwash.

After a career in banking, Tammy joined her parents in the business in 2011 and continued the quest to produce affordable, natural products for the next generation of health conscious families.

                                                     

The oral care range now includes 7 toothpaste flavours: Mild Mint, Fresh Mint, Cinnamon, Xylitol, Propolis, Kids Blueberry Burst and Kids Strawberry Surprise, and a Natural Mouthwash and a choice of 3 bamboo toothbrushes.

              


The desire to establish the brand in the US led them to obtain Vegan certification (for products that do not contain animal products or byproducts and that have not been tested on animals). The Oral Care range now includes five toothpastes and a mouthwash which are Certified Vegan by the Vegan Awareness Foundation.

Export demand has grown steadily in line with increasing desire for natural and Australian made products and markets now include USA, China, Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore.

As a small, family-run business in Melbourne, Grant’s believe it is important to give back to their community and support those in need. Each year they donate toothpaste to organisations that support people in the community who wouldn’t otherwise have access to a basic commodity, like toothpaste. In 2017, they donated almost 4,000 tubes of toothpaste.

Their health food community customers also led them to animal welfare, and the support of organisations that are dedicated to animal rights and protecting their natural environments. In 2013 they adopted a koala through the Australian Koala Foundation and they provide vegan toothpaste to the direct-action crew aboard the SSS Steve Irwin, which is part of the world’s leading direct action ocean conservation organisation.

 
                   .       www.grantsofaustralia.com.au

December 2018 - 2018 Business of the Year - Replas

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Both companies were developing the technology to take this waste material and recycle it, so it was a natural progression for them to join forces in 2001 as Repeat Plastics Australia (trading as Replas) and combine the unique expertise, products and manufacturing capabilities of both companies.

Replas has since developed world leading technologies that enable them to reprocess Australia’s waste into more than 200 robust recycled plastic products including outdoor furniture, bollards, signage, and decking. These products are resistant to termites, microorganisms and moisture, and will never split, rot, crack or need painting.

     

Replas boasts a range of state-of-the-art machinery ensuring they operate with a high degree of energy efficiency - using about 25% of the power that it takes to make virgin plastic. Also, as they do not wash the plastic there is no water used, and colour and UV stabilisers they add represent just 2% of the product.

They partner with many Australian companies, such as Dulux and Coles, who have taken responsibility for the plastic waste they create to assist them in reducing their environmental impact by ensuring their plastic waste is recycled and reused within Australia.

Recycling plastic not only reduces the amount of waste going to landfill, but it also eliminates the need to use precious natural resources. Human ingenuity has produced plastic. Replas believes the same ingenuity will produce solutions to using and reusing these products in a sustainable way and the purchase of these products by councils, schools, and industry will help to close the loop on recycling and create a Circular Economy.

August 2018 - Grants of Australia

An interest in a healthier lifestyle had led Michael (an electrician) and Michelle (a teacher) to open one, and then two health food stores for a living. Amongst their products were fluoride free toothpaste but their children did not like the taste of them.  Michael tried to mix up his own toothpaste but wasn’t successful. He met a local toothpaste manufacturer who had a chemist who produced samples under Michael & Michelle’s direction. The samples were made from natural products, completely free from artificial ingredients and preservatives - no fluoride, no parabens, no artificial colours or flavours, no preservatives, no sugar and no sulphates. Shelf life and stability was achieved from the base product (calcium silicate) and herbs were used to replicate the flavours.

Using the name ‘Grants’ (from the street in which they lived at the time), the finished products were produced by the local manufacturer and small batches were stored at home and sold in their own shops.

                                            

They gave samples to health product representatives who came to their stores and these representatives led them to distributors who Michael visited in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane and started to wholesale the toothpaste for sale into health food stores. One local distributor sold Grants Toothpaste  into Safeway, and in  1992 Mike secured a position for Grants Herbal & Mineral Toothpaste in Coles health food section.

From modest beginnings with one variety of toothpaste in several health stores in Melbourne, Grants toothpaste spread to nearly every health store in Australia and by the early 1990’s it was stocked in major supermarkets right across the country.

But their quest for more natural products didn’t finish with toothpaste. In 1995 they developed Vitamin B Liquid and Crystal Deodorant, and in 2009 they developed an alcohol free Mouthwash.

After a career in banking, Tammy joined her parents in the business in 2011 and continued the quest to produce affordable, natural products for the next generation of health conscious families.

                                                     

The oral care range now includes 7 toothpaste flavours: Mild Mint, Fresh Mint, Cinnamon, Xylitol, Propolis, Kids Blueberry Burst and Kids Strawberry Surprise, and a Natural Mouthwash and a choice of 3 bamboo toothbrushes.

              


The desire to establish the brand in the US led them to obtain Vegan certification (for products that do not contain animal products or byproducts and that have not been tested on animals). The Oral Care range now includes five toothpastes and a mouthwash which are Certified Vegan by the Vegan Awareness Foundation.

Export demand has grown steadily in line with increasing desire for natural and Australian made products and markets now include USA, China, Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore.

As a small, family-run business in Melbourne, Grant’s believe it is important to give back to their community and support those in need. Each year they donate toothpaste to organisations that support people in the community who wouldn’t otherwise have access to a basic commodity, like toothpaste. In 2017, they donated almost 4,000 tubes of toothpaste.

Their health food community customers also led them to animal welfare, and the support of organisations that are dedicated to animal rights and protecting their natural environments. In 2013 they adopted a koala through the Australian Koala Foundation and they provide vegan toothpaste to the direct-action crew aboard the SSS Steve Irwin, which is part of the world’s leading direct action ocean conservation organisation.

 
                   .       www.grantsofaustralia.com.au

July 2018 - Replas

Replas started from two companies that shared a passion for the environment. Repeat Plastics specialised in the collection of post-industrial waste while Australian Recycling Technologies concentrated on material collected from the kerbside - receiving the most prestigious award for environmental excellence in Australia, the Banksia Award in 1992.

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Both companies were developing the technology to take this waste material and recycle it, so it was a natural progression for them to join forces in 2001 as Repeat Plastics Australia (trading as Replas) and combine the unique expertise, products and manufacturing capabilities of both companies.

Replas has since developed world leading technologies that enable them to reprocess Australia’s waste into more than 200 robust recycled plastic products including outdoor furniture, bollards, signage, and decking. These products are resistant to termites, microorganisms and moisture, and will never split, rot, crack or need painting.

     

Replas boasts a range of state-of-the-art machinery ensuring they operate with a high degree of energy efficiency - using about 25% of the power that it takes to make virgin plastic. Also, as they do not wash the plastic there is no water used, and colour and UV stabilisers they add represent just 2% of the product.

They partner with many Australian companies, such as Dulux and Coles, who have taken responsibility for the plastic waste they create to assist them in reducing their environmental impact by ensuring their plastic waste is recycled and reused within Australia.

Recycling plastic not only reduces the amount of waste going to landfill, but it also eliminates the need to use precious natural resources. Human ingenuity has produced plastic. Replas believes the same ingenuity will produce solutions to using and reusing these products in a sustainable way and the purchase of these products by councils, schools, and industry will help to close the loop on recycling and create a Circular Economy.

July 2018 - Australian Ugg Boots

We started like so many businesses; with a passion and an idea. Initially retailers of this authentically Australian product, we sourced boots from a number of local manufacturers. And then things changed, as they always do. Suppliers began to cut corners, reduce their selection or move production overseas in the interests of cutting costs.

This meant the quality and variety wasnt consistent and sometimes just not good enough to meet our exacting standards. It was time for us to reclaim the quality and innovation in our industry, and so we set out on our own. We havent looked back.  We select only the highest end quality components, such as premium Natural Sheepskin, hard wearing soles and quality threads. All of this comes together to make the best quality boots you can buy.

Our boot makers are highly skilled in shaping and fitting the sheepskin down to the finest detail. Rather than an assembly line, each pair of boots is crafted from beginning to end by only a handful of people. This produces a remarkably comfortable, quality boot. Our wonderful staff are not just part of our team, they are now part of our family and our success story. We view our staff with respect and admiration. Its an honour to provide them with a safe, secure and enjoyable workplace. We believe in that great Australian philosophy of giving everyone A Fair Go.

For the benefit of our customers and employees, we are passionately committed to:

  • Keeping the great Aussie icon 100% Australian Made.
  • Quality before quantity in our materials and products we sell

www.australianuggboots.com.au 

April 2018 - 2018 Award Nominee - ODS Glass

    

From humble beginnings in 2008, working out of an old ute and a borrowed trailer, ODS Glass has steadily grown as a referral based business that offers a large range of architectural aluminium windows and doors to custom made sizes for the commercial and residential market, and in 2018 had 20 people working full time in the company including two directors. 

The early days consisted of Marty fabricating windows in his driveway at night and installing them during the day. It is fair to say that the neighbours were delighted when the business had grown enough to support the lease of a small factory in Mordialloc. Further growth led to the need for more hands on deck, and as Marty was keen to engage and develop young apprentices he made many visits to schools and junior cricket and football clubs to promote the opportunity. He hired an apprentice and then a labourer, and then a tradesman who is now his leading project manager. More recently ODS has utilised the services of an agency and that has enabled them to maintain a steady apprentice base. 

But with the growth in business came the degradation of a work-life balance, and the arrival of his first child led Marty to seek a business partner to share the load. His brother Tom had completed a carpentry apprentice and had also found work in the commercial window sector.  With 5 years management experience in a commercial window company, Tom was the ideal business partner and the support Marty needed to get his life back into balance.

Today, ODS Glass works closely with architects, builders and suppliers to find ways to best meet their clients needs and requirements, including energy and acoustic ratings, aesthetic qualities and various building applications, and the implementation of forecasting tools has enabled them to supply their clients with a better service at tender stage and has helped them forecast their future work load for 6 to 12 months in advance.

Whilst they often compete with overseas imported products they have found that most clients like the fact that ODS Glass only use locally sourced materials and this has been to their advantage in winning work.

With a passion for design and meticulous attention to detail, ODS Glass focus purely on boutique residential, multi-level living and commercial developments. Business expansion has always been driven by their clients needs, and because they are highly selective in the locations and project partners they choose to work with, ODS glass can stand firmly behind a promise that they only create beautiful customised open spaces that they themselves take pride in.

Independently owned and passionately owner-operated, they are committed to ensuring that the delivery and installation of their products exceed expectations at every level and their focus on service means they build long-term client relationships, resulting in a deeper understanding of their needs and an inherent commitment to their projects. 

March 2018 - 2018 Award Nominee - Gourmet Juniors

All Gourmet Junior products are manufactured in a HACCP accredited facility by a professional chef and their menu includes many traditional meals as well as finger foods that include proteins and carbohydrates to create a perfectly balanced and convenient meal that is independently dietician approved. Established in 2014 by Alecia Whitelaw after the new mum saw a gap in the market for premium, home-style convenient meals for children, Gourmet Juniors has enjoyed steady growth, with its first retail stockist coming on-board in February 2015. They now have 16 retail partners across Victoria and service an increasing number of weekly direct home delivery clients. They have received national recognition in The Age, Brisbane Times, Sydney Morning Herald and The Grace Papers along with numerous blogs and publications. Since inception, they have scaled the business by continually working with their Head Chef to improve manufacturing processes that guarantee the quality that customers have come to expect. They also work closely with a qualified dietician to ensure that their products deliver the maximum amount of nutrition that is required for the age groups their products are designed for, so that parents can be 100% confident that they are purchasing nutritious children’s food. They are strong believers in driving the passion for good food from a young age and therefore feature an educational colouring-in image on all of their products to not only teach children about the real food that is contained in their meal but also encourage mindful eating. With a new range of products due for release later in 2018 and a key goal to expand distribution to interstate markets, Gourmet Juniors plans to continue its strong growth. Despite being a small business, they are proud to support the communities in which they operate and in 2017 they donated prizes worth over $2000 to kindergartens, day care centres, community organisations and primary schools.

http://www.gourmetjuniors.com.au

February 2018 - 2018 Award Nominee - Co-Ex Films Pty Ltd

Co-Ex Films commenced in 1997 as a supplier of plastic bags and has since transformed into a supplier of plastic film for food packaging. Current owner Steve McNaughton took over the business some 15 years ago and whilst ensuring the business was fully certified to ISO900 and HACCP, and that their equipment was systematically upgraded to suit their customer’s requirements in a changing marketplace for food packaging, Steve has made the conscious decision to remain a small business, in contrast to his larger competitors. This has provided Co-Ex with a customer focus and agility that has provided a competitive edge. Co-Ex work with local raw material suppliers to develop import replacement products, ensuring the Australian industry can provide local jobs for local people. On many occasions Co-Ex and their partners have been able to replace import products to ensure a strong and robust local market for manufacturing. Co-Ex are also committed to environmental management and were one of the first companies to sign up for “Operation Clean Sweep Australia” to minimise spillages of their primary raw material - plastic pellets, and have become a role model and a case study for other plastics manufacturers, suppliers and distributors.

Contact Steve on 9587 5477