2016 WA Regional Small Business of the Year
Jonathan Smith and his wife Prue Plowright, owners of Wattnow Electrical in Derby, were surprised and delighted to be chosen as the 2016 Western Australian Regional Small Business of the Year.
With the impressive trophy tucked under his arm, Jonathan was stuck for words but Prue was able to provide a heart-warming acceptance speech.
It was the quintessential small business story of a young man and his wife, with drive and passion, who had grown their business to serve the local community and provide great employment opportunities for others in their home town. Each credited the other for the success of their business.
Small Business Minister, Hon Sean L’Estrange MLA said Jonathan was an outstanding winner, having started the business from home, soon after he finished his apprenticeship.
The Kimberley-based company, which also won the category for Aboriginal Businesses, won $1,000 cash, $25,000 in advertising from GWN7 and the production of a 30-second commercial courtesy of Lomax Media. Other prizes included a $15,000 scholarship to the Curtin School of Entrepreneurship Business Growth program and the beautiful trophy created by glass artist Gerry Reilly, from the Melting Pot Glass Studio in Margaret River.
The other category winners, representing seven regions, were the pick of the crop for 2016. There were two winners each from the South West and Gascoyne regions, and one each from the Mid West, Kimberley, Great Southern, Goldfields/Esperance and Peel regions.