& inspiring achievements

Business Innovation, Activation and Growth

Celebrate South West small business success

How often do you find the time to reflect on and celebrate your business achievements? The annual South West Small Business Awards are a great opportunity to do just that.

  • Decide to enter and you’ll get to complete an application that asks you evaluate the key elements of your business
  • Get advice and insight from the judges’ comments on your application – everyone receives this valuable feedback
  • Attend the gala awards night and get inspired by our brilliant local businesses and their stellar achievements
  • Scan the list of 2017 winners to see the depth and diversity of our region’s small business sector represented by the 90 businesses who applied for an award.

Be in the running

Think about having a go. We’ll be cheering for you and we’re happy to answer any questions you have about the nuts and bolts of applying.

Winners of our local South West Small Business’ Awards (except local WOW winners) who meet some additional conditions can enter the Western Australian Regional Small Business Awards.

Who, what and how?

Ready to apply for the South West Small Business Awards? Here’s how they work.

1. Who can apply?

All WA owned businesses with 80% South West ownership and fewer than 20 staff are eligible to apply. Find the complete eligibility guidelines in our booklet.

2. What’s the process?

You must apply online. We’ll also publish a booklet outlining the terms and conditions, dates and the application process.

You must enter one major award category. You can also make a single additional application in your industry category.   Business Person of the Year, Employee of the Year and Disability Employer of the Year are all separate applications.

The judges decide management and achievement awards based on the applications for the major and industry categories.  

3. Can I get advice on my application?

Yes you can. We’ll advertise free information sessions where we answer your questions and take you through the entire application process. You are also welcome to book a free appointment with one of our business advisors who will review your submission and give you feedback.

Here’s the complete 2017 list including the winners

South West Small Business of the Year

Winner: Southern Car Care

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South West Business Person of the Year

Winner: Calwyn Griffiths
Laser Electrical Bunbury

Runner-up: Melissa Harrison
Nudge Psychological Assessment & Consulting

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Business with 0 – 4 Employees Award

Winner: H&H Automotive

Runner-up: Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages

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Business with 5 – 10 Employees Award

Winner: Southern Car Care

Runner-up: Corporate First Aid Australia

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Business with 11 – 20 Employees Award

Winner: Laser Electrical Bunbury

Runner-up: Engenuity Engineering

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Franchise Business Award

Winner: SportsPower Bunbury & Eaton Fair

Runner-up: Bartercard South West

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Home Based Business Award

Winner: The Goodnight Nurse

Runner-up: Guardians of Happiness

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Start-up Business Award

Winner: Surf N’ Dirt Adventure Tours

Runner-up: The Barberia of Bunbury

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Disability Employer of the Year Award

Winner: Backbeach Cafe & Restaurant

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Young Business Achiever Award

Winner: Ian Meachem
Engenuity Engineering

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Employee of the Year Award

Winner: Rhys Williams
H&H Automotive

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Tourism Industry Award

Winner: Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages

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Retail Industry Award

Winner: MaD Cycles

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Service Industry Award

Winner: Salon Sugar

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Construction, Mining & Manufacturing Award

Winner: Heatseal Pty Ltd

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Food, Produce and Agribusiness Award

Winner: Guardians of Happiness

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Innovation Award

Winner: The Book Incubator

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Environmental & Sustainability Award

Winner: Engenuity Engineering

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Customer Service Award

Winner: Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages

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Community and Industry Contribution Award

Winner: Nudge Psychological Assessment & Consulting

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Community Engagement Award

Winner: The Goodnight Nurse

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WOW Award for Outstanding Customer Service

Winner: Shane Ashmore
Ashmore Mobile Mechanics

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