Rewarding excellence & inspiring achievements

Business Innovation, Activation and Growth

Celebrating Regional Business Excellence

In 2019 we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the South West Business Excellence Awards (previously the South West Small Business Awards) which is proudly coordinated by Business South West. The Awards were created in 1995 to celebrate and recognise the achievements and resilience of the South West business community, as well as to bring local businesses together. From this small and humble beginning, the Awards has grown to become one of the most prestigious events on the South West business calendar.

For our 25th anniversary we are re-introducing a category for medium sized enterprises with between 21 – 100 employees. We believe these businesses deserve recognition for the contribution they make to the growth the prosperity of our local economy.

The Benefits of Entering

• The application process is designed to focus on key aspects of your business, providing a valuable opportunity to review and benchmark your performance against other successful enterprises.

• All entrants receive a score card and feedback from the judges. This feedback will help you see your business in a new light and identify key areas of growth and strength.

• Winners, runners-up and finalists are provided with a custom 2019 South West Business Excellence Awards logo for use on your stationery, labels, packaging and marketing communications. All winners receive a trophy and are featured in a wrap up of the event in the South Western Times.

• Major Award Category winners appear on GWN7 in a congratulatory television commercial.

• By entering the awards you/your business will establish a valuable network with the other applicants, which is mutually rewarding and beneficial for your business.

Congratulations to the 2019 Winners!

South West Business of the Year

Winner: Jones Welding Solutions Pty Ltd
Runner-Up: Eyes@Australind

Business South West
Business Person of the Year

Winner: Belinda Musitano – Eyes@Australind
Runner-Up: Jo Alilovic – 3D HR Legal

Kroon Legal
Home Based Business Award

Winner: The Resume Creative
Runner-Up: Local Advantage

Triple M
Start-Up Business Award

Winner: Serenity Spa Capel
Runner-Up: 30 Foot Drop

Business with 0-4 Employees Award

Winner: Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages
Runner-Up: Holberry House

South Western Times
Business with 5-10 Employees Award

Winner: Eyes@Australind
Runner-Up: The Caravan Doctor

Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Business with 11-20 Employees Award

Winner: Alpine Laundry Pty Ltd

Business with 21-100 Employees Award

Winner: Jones Welding Solutions Pty Ltd
Runner-Up: High Grade Mechanical

Shire of Dardanup
Service Award

Winner: AusQ Training

Workwise Advisory Services
Retail Award

Winner: SportsPower Bunbury & Eaton Fair

Shire of Capel
Tourism Award

Winner: Holberry House

Construction, Mining & Manufacturing Award

Winner: Jones Welding Solutions Pty Ltd

Business South West
Food, Produce & Agribusiness Award

Winner: Simple and Beautiful Catering

South West Development Commission
Innovation Award

Winner: Local Advantage

Sponsorship & Consulting Services
Environmental & Sustainability Award

Winner: Alpine Laundry Pty Ltd

Community Engagement Award

Winner: Bianca Turri Photographer

Forrest Personnel
Accessible & Inclusive Business Award

Winner: Cape Abilities

ECU South West Campus
Young Business Achiever

Winner: Tegan Studsor – AusQ Training

The WorkPac Group
Employee of the Year

Winner: Emma May Harris – The Barberia of Bunbury

WOW Award for Excellence in Customer Service

Winner: Talitha King – Conveyancing Southwest

Our Partners

Business South West are proud to partner with the following organisations who assist us in making the Awards a success, year after year.

Principal Partner

Bunbury is welcoming and full of opportunities.

We are an accessible and inclusive city, where all people are valued equally.

The City of Bunbury has a resident population of 32,684 and is located in the South

West of Western Australia, about 180km south of Perth.

Heralded as the State’s second capital City, Bunbury is a beautiful place to live, work and visit.

The quality of life is one of its biggest attractions offering residents a variety of amenities, schools, shops, beaches and nightlife, all within easy reach. It has everything a family needs including public and private schools, tertiary education, and a range of health services, not to mention an extensive and diverse events calendar.

The City of Bunbury will continue to grow, develop and improve thanks to these qualities and the massive potential for investment and growth in our region.

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Premium Partners

Lomax is both a creative agency and production house all under the one roof. We’ve simplified the art of sharing ideas so you can focus on building your brand. We are your video content concept to creation company; TV commercials and campaigns, drone vision, event coverage and screen visuals, training and safety videos, web videos, social media content and integration. Lomax Media works with a diverse range of clients big and small, local and national, private and government. Over the years we’ve ensured pets get pampered, crowds attend events, destinations are revealed and employees remain safe at work. We’ve changed people’s attitudes, altered outlooks and increased desire. What can we do for your business?

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The Shire of Capel is located 180 kilometres south of Perth in the heart of the south west between the regional centres of Bunbury and Busselton. It is situated on the Indian Ocean coast and within the Geographe Wine Region. Our community is vibrant, active and engaged. People who live here care about each other, their environment and their future. The Shire of Capel is committed to making life better for our residents, through the development of our community.

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In everything we do, we aim to set the standard, raise the bar and be the THINK Ahead Shire. Our people are forward-thinking and dynamic with an eye to a bright future and many exciting projects on the horizon. Located in the south west of WA, 185km south of Perth and covering 518km2, our population of approximately 13,000 is growing fast, driven by an enviable regional lifestyle. With a blend of rural and burgeoning urban areas, the attention of the Shire’s executive team and 9 councillors is keenly focused on encouraging balanced growth and development while recognising the diverse needs of each unique community within its boundaries.

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The South West Development Commission is part of the West Australian Government. Our aim is to make the South West region an even better place to live, work and invest. We do so by partnering with communities, government, business and industry to identify and support projects that benefit the region.

Developing the region’s economy and improving quality of life are key areas of focus. Follow the link below for more information, including current funding opportunities.

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Since 1997, the team at Totally Sound have been delivering a highly professional sound, AV, lighting and staging service to the south west of Western Australia. Totally Sound cater for Corporate Events, festivals, sporting events, concerts, conferences and community events throughout the southwest and surrounding areas. With an extensive inventory of high quality, professional production equipment and an experienced team who know the region, Totally Sound have all the ingredients to bring your next event to life.

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A long term sponsor of the SW Business Excellence Awards, Cristal is proud to continue its support as Tronox. Our two organisations have recently integrated to create one of the largest titanium dioxide producers in the world. Our product (a bright white powder that adds brilliance and pigment) is used everywhere … the paint on your walls, the wiring in your car, the paper in your printer, even in your sunscreen! Although global in scope with over 6500 employees, Tronox is proud of our involvement and support of the local communities that we operate in, particularly the Australind and Kemerton pigment plants and the Wonnerup and Northshore mining facilities. We have worked with the community for over 55 years, and employ over 450 South West residents. Tronox wishes the best of luck to all the entrants in the SW Business Excellence Awards.

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Media Partners

In 2019, GWN7 celebrates 18 years as a sponsor of the South West Business Excellence Awards. We are proud of our association and believe the awards play a significant role in the development and growth of small business in the South West. Through partnerships such as this, GWN7 has forged a strong connection with businesses and communities across regional WA and we believe it is this kind of support that contributes to the wellbeing and prosperity of the communities in which we live. We encourage all small business operators to nominate for these awards, which recognize and celebrate the hard work and many achievements behind local success stories.

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The South Western Times has been the voice of the community for 130 years and is widely regarded as the region’s premier source of news and information. Based in Bunbury and published every Thursday, the South Western Times has forged a reputation for breaking news which has been further enhanced by its online presence. It features a quality news section, the region’s most comprehensive sports coverage and a lifestyle magazine section incorporating entertainment and the arts.

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Major Award Category Partners

Minor Award Category Partners

Supporting Partners


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