Media release

From North to South, businesses are booming in regional WA

6 November 2009

The Small Business Development Corporation congratulates the winners of the 2009 GWN Western Australian Regional Small Business Awards.

The Kimberley region swept away with four Awards in the 2009 GWN Western Australian Regional Small Business Awards, and Peel, the South West and Great Southern regions also picked up major category awards.

The Minister for Commerce, Hon. Troy Buswell MLA, who presented the awards, said small business was vital to the success of our regions, and the winners were worthy examples of the high calibre of regional businesses.

"From the Kimberley to the Great Southern, small business operators are proving how innovative, creative and successful they can be, and these Awards are a fitting tribute to their endeavours."

The winners are:

The 2009 GWN Regional Small Business "Business of the Year"
Pumphouse Restaurant Kununurra.
Owners: Thomas and Dominique Brieg

The Sensis Yellow Pages Award for Best Home Based Business
POJO Kids Mandurah
Owner: Pauline Lee

The Lawrence Business Management Award for Best Franchise Business
Mr Rental South West, Bunbury
Owners: Mick and Bronwyn Caddy

The Small Business Centre Network Award for Best Business Achiever
Sassy Divas Bunbury
Owner: Carrie Trigwell

The Steel Blue Award for Best Micro Business
Business Solutions (WA), Mandurah
Owner: Terry Collier

The WA Business News Award for Best Business with 5-10 employees
Ryan Waugh Hairdressing Albany
Owners: Ryan and Rebecca Waugh (cousins)

Telstra Countrywide Award for Best Business with 10-20 employees
Pumphouse Restaurant Kununurra
Owners: Thomas and Dominique Brieg

The Small Business Development Corporation Award for Best Indigenous Business
Lombadina Aboriginal Corporation Broome
Owners: Lombadina Aboriginal Corporation

In addition to the awards, the 2009 Inductee to the Regional Small Business Hall of Fame was announced.

Ms Elsia Archer, President of the Shire of Derby-West Kimberley, Board Member of the Kimberley Development Commission and Chair of the Small Business Centre - Derby was acknowledged for her commitment to small business success throughout the Kimberley region.

Managing Director of the Small Business Development Corporation, Mr Stephen Moir, said the GWN Western Australian Regional Small Business Awards is the highlight of the regional business calendar, and the number of guests in attendance is a indication of how popular the event is.

"There was a very enthusiastic crowd of almost 300 guests from around the State at tonight's event at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, and regional pride was evident," Mr Moir said.

"The winners were obviously popular choices, and it was pleasing to see groups in the audience from right around the State."

Mr Moir said the new category introduced this year for Best Indigenous Business, is an important addition to the WA Regional Small Business Award program.

Media contact: Di Graham (08) 9220 0218 or 0409 089 159.

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