The Australian manufacturing industry was a clear winner at the Telstra Queensland Business Awards held recently in Brisbane.
Burleigh Brewing Company, a leading player in the Australian independent craft beer scene was named the 2013 Telstra Queensland Business of the Year. The Hon. Ian Walker MP, Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts presented the award.
Founded in 2007 by former corporate lawyer Peta Fielding and her brewer husband Brenna Fielding, the Gold Coast-based business operates in a market dominated by two giant brewers, staying loyal to ancient brewing traditions while applying a modern flair.
Employing 19 people and boasting a healthy double digit annual growth rate, the business is also loyal to the Gold Coast by sourcing mostly local ingredients and investing their entire marketing budget in the local community.
This year’s Awards were dominated by regional businesses with all the winners based outside of Brisbane, including three from the Sunshine Coast.
The honours went to ENIQUEST, a manufacturer of power generation technology that won the Micro Business Award; Bli Bli House, an exclusive mini event centre, luxury boutique five-star motel and exclusive wedding venue, which took out the Start-Up Business Award; and Becker Helicopter Services, an internationally recognised training facility, which received the Medium Business Award.
ENIQUEST Managing Director Don Pulver, winner of the 2013 Telstra Queensland Micro-Business Award, manufactures power generation products locally. Beginning with the Australian Defence Force as his first customer, he now lists major companies such as BHP, Petronas and Toll Australia among his clients.
In his acceptance speech, Don spoke about his passion for retaining manufacturing and skills in Australia.
The Regional Business Award went to Thargominda’s General Trade Industries (GTI), a contracting business that installs utility equipment and provides establishing and operating services, primarily for the oil and gas industries in remote and inaccessible parts of Queensland.
The Telstra Australian Business Awards were launched in 1992 to recognise the achievements of small and medium businesses and to share their growth ideas and strategies in a way that benefits the wider business community.