The winners of the 2011 ActionCOACH My Business awards have been revealed, and digital businesses all-but scooped the pool.
“All but two of this year’s winners are technology businesses and that surely says a lot about where innovators are focusing their efforts,” said My Business Editor Simon Sharwood. “Collectively, all the entrants elated the My Business team. We know everyone has heard plenty of gloomy economic news this year, but the efforts detailed in the 200-plus entries we received this year speak eloquently about the talent and drive of the Australian business community. If the entries we received this year represent even a tiny fraction of the energy in Australian business, the future looks bright.”
The winners of this year’s awards are:
The PricewaterhouseCoopers Award for Best Medium Business and the ActionCOACH Award for Outstanding Excellence – Appliances Online
Making the transition from traditional to digital business is tough for any organisation, but Appliances Online has not only made the switch but is thriving.
“Extraordinary customer service and marketing,” was one judge’s comment.
The GIO Award for Best Small Business – Segenhoe Inn
Hunter Valley Bed and Breakfast Segenhoe Inn took out the GIO Best Small Business Award with an entry the judges felt ticked almost every imaginable box for a small business.
“The property is impeccably presented and markets itself in almost every way you can imagine a business of this type could and should do,” was one judge’s comment.
The 2UE Radio Award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility
Last year’s winner of the ActionCOACH award for outstanding excellence, Longwarry Food Park, backed up to with the Corporate Social responsibility category in 2011. Judges argued hard over this one, with Longwarry edging it because of the scale of its operations and commitment to energy reduction and careful resource utilisation.
The Travelscene Corporate Award for Best Business Leader
Kiandra IT’s Cameron Brookes claimed this award, for several years of outstanding leadership that has seen his company grow, attain impressive capabilities and win work from some of the largest entities in Australia.
The British Airways Award for Best Employee
Peter of Jeff Hort Engineering is a boss’ dream – this mature age worker has never lost his hunger for knowledge and self improvement. During his ten years at Jeff Hort Engineering he has continually put up his hand for more work and more complex roles, making him a standout in the judges’ eyes.
The Inscriptions Media Award for Best Growth Strategy and the My Business Award for best startup
Machines4u.com.au is a new site that allows businesses to buy and sell industrial machinery. The company’s founders had worked in the industry and worried that there was no online outlet for this kind of product, and also that many machines ended up in landfill because the industry lacked an efficient marketplace. For innovation, daring and articulating a plan to expand rapidly, Machines4u took out the two awards.
The SME Association of Australia Award for Best use of Technology
EPayroll’s move to a software-as-a-service model convinced judges that its suite of outsourced payroll and other human resources service represented a jump into a technological lead.
The Industry Jobs Board Award for Best Employer
E-Web marketing is a young online marketing company that has in a very short time grown considerable size and put in place a range of human resources initiatives that many far older businesses would struggle to match. The culture that has resulted from those initiatives impressed judges, who felt the company’s employment practices represent an ideal platform for long-term success.