Manufacturers go head-to-head for Business of the Year title

Paper specialists and pioneering foodmakers will compete with industrial equipment suppliers for the 2014 Melbourne Business Awards Business of the Year title.

Gift wrap products designer and manufacturer WrapCo andpaper merchant and converting company Direct Paper Supplies will go head-to-head with gluten-free food products pioneer Orgran for the annual award, to be handed out on Friday, December 5th.

They will be up against promotional products expert Chocolate Works, skincare specialist Advanced Natural and gourmet biscuit maker Charlie’s Cookies.

Bestech, which manufactures sensory equipment, and CNC machined components maker Jodek complete the eight businesses nominated for the Melbourne Business Awards, now in their 22nd year.

The MBAs were established as a forum to recognise the achievements of small to medium businesses, principally in the Kingston municipality but encompassing the wider Melbourne south eastern region.

The City of Kingston alone is one of Victoria’s major employment centres and its industrial sector is one of the largest and most concentrated in the state, accommodating over 4,000 businesses with a 70,000-strong workforce.

“Our nominees this year encompass everything that defines innovation and industry across Kingston and wider region southeast of Melbourne,” Melbourne Business Awards chairperson Denise Langford says.

“Whether it is foodstuffs - and the good stuff - like chocolate or gluten free products or machined components made for heavy industries such as mining and construction, we truly have a diverse set of businesses across the southeast region.

“I have been involved with the Melbourne Business Awards for well over 10 years and I am continually amazed at what our local industry is capable of.”

The Business of the Year will be named at our gala breakfast at Hemisphere Conference Centre, 488 South Road, Moorabbin, on Friday, December 5th.

Ticket bookings can be made on the Melbourne Business Awards website at:

The full list of nominees for 2014: 

  • Jodek (, a Braeside-based manufacturer of CNC machined components for heavy industry including construction and mining.
  • WrapCo (, Australia’s leading designer and manufacturer of gift wrapping products and accessories.
  • Advanced Natural (, Highett-headquartered B2B skincare products maker supplying salons with a wide range of consumer goods.
  • Chocolate Works (, established in 1999 in Dingley, Chocolate Works supplies customised products to the promotional product, marketing, events and special occasion industries.
  • Orgran ( is a pioneer of gluten-free foodstuffs with a primary focus on health and nutrition;
  • Bestech (, distributor and manufacturer of a wide range of products with industrial applications, including sensors, transducers and signal conditioners;
  • Charlie’s Cookies (, Bentleigh-based producer of gourmet biscuits and treats for the food service industry and consumers;
  • Direct Paper Supplies (, a family-owned and operated paper merchant and converter supplying the print and paper trade;



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