2023 Business Excellence Awards Finalists

Education, Skilling & Training Award

Tourism

Community Involvement

Young Business Person

Business Person

Small Business

Business of the Year

Health & Wellness Business

Food & Agribusiness

Business Support Services

Property & Real Estate

Building & Construction

Customer Service

University Of Southern Queensland

Education, Training & Skilling Award​

Australian Industry Trade College

“We believe in providing a holistic education that goes beyond academics, nurturing students’ talents and guiding them towards fulfilling careers. Some may label it as a trade, but we prefer to call it a profession – a lifelong pursuit that brings joy and fulfilment. We understand that each student is unique, with distinct aspirations and talents. Through personalised guidance and support, we strive to create an environment where students can explore different pathways, while nurturing their individual interests and strengths”.

Bellbird Park State Secondary College

“Bellbird Park State Secondary College (BPSSC) is extraordinary because of the incredible students, parents, community partners, and staff who bring it to life each day. Our purpose at BPSSC is to embrace equity and remain dedicated to supporting every student to achieve growth and success. We pride ourselves on providing an innovative, full inclusion education model to cater for the diverse needs of all of our students”.

TAFE Queensland South West Region

“We understand the need for perpetual innovation and flexibility in both our training programs and our delivery practices – and as the needs of our employers and industry change, so too does our training and delivery. Each year, we work closely with local and state government, and local industry, to ensure our training programs are tailored to their needs and that our students graduate confident, capable, and ready to help drive the success of their industry and communities – we want to make sure our training meets current and future employment demands”.

CPC Production Services

Tourism Business / Event Award ​

Ipswich Show Society

“We are a not-for-profit, charitable organisation which provides a number of services and activities within the iconic Ipswich Showgrounds. This includes facility management of the Ipswich Caravan Park, and Venue Hire across four (4) facilities for events, expos, corporate dinners, weddings, and community activities. The site is home to Ipswich Greyhound Racing, Indoor Sports Centre, Circus Ipswich, and Ipswich 8 Ball Association. The Society also stages an events calendar including the monthly Twilight Events, Bull Rides and the ever-popular annual Ipswich Show”.

Tivoli Social Enterprises

“We are a vibrant venue for Ipswich, hosting the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations, Community Christmas Festival, family fun days and charity fundraisers. Tivoli Social Enterprises employs over 80 staff in events management, hospitality, construction, and conservation, developing the region’s most diverse entertainment precinct and tourist attraction”.

The Llama Farm

“Located between the rolling foothills of picturesque Pine Mountain and the tranquil banks of the mid Brisbane River, The Llama Farm offers boutique, authentic, rural tourism experiences like no other and is home to the largest herd of llamas in Queensland. Guests are treated to tour experiences that are hands-on, educational, and extraordinary. Their guided llama walk at sunset is a sublime experience that showcases the beauty of Pine Mountain, the rustic rural landscape and loveable nature of llamas. Guests leave feeling relaxed, empowered, and grounded. Life is definitely calmer with a llama after a visit to The Llama Farm”.

TAE Aerospace

Community Involvement Award

Brothers Leagues Club Ipswich

“Brothers Leagues Club Ipswich is the leading community focused sport and entertainment venue in Ipswich. We are here for the community and with that being our focal point everything we plan is about exceeding expectations”.

Focal Community Services

“We take a personalised approach to service provision, offering individualised services tailored to meet the unique needs of each person. We strive to create a safe and friendly environment where all individuals can thrive. Focal plays a vital role in ensuring that people with disabilities have access to community engagement and the necessary resources and support they require to lead fulfilling lives. Our dedication to empowering individuals with disabilities, sets us apart as a leading disability service provider in the Ipswich Community”.

Loan Market Greater Springfield

“Multi Award winning Community focused local Finance Brokers, that can assist with Home Loans, Business Loans, Car & Personal Loans. We love the Greater Ipswich area and feel that the community has given us so much through our business, that we love to give back to it through our community events, fundraising, and sponsorship”.

Ipswich Turf Club / Ipswich Events & Entertainment Centre

Business Support Services Award

ADITS

“We are a beacon of support, protection, and innovation for over 14,000 Queenslanders. Everything we do supports our unwavering purpose to create a meaningful impact that strengthens and protects the business community. Our deep commitment to regional businesses, combined with an unparalleled understanding of their unique challenges, empowers us to drive positive transformation through our technology solutions”.

Carousel Consulting

“We are a boutique organisational change and organisational psychology consultancy that specialises in supporting organisations to manage complex change, design more productive cultures and build stronger, more resilient teams. Our team is made up of talented psychologists, facilitators, communicators, and change strategists, all driven by a desire to make a difference in the way organisations and the people within them experience the world of work. We believe that everyone deserves to be given the chance to love their job”.

On Point Media Solutions

“We are a creative and innovative agency offering the complete solution for a business’s marketing and advertising needs. Offering everything from graphic design to photography, screen printing, signage, social media, promotional items, and all printing needs. A one stop shop to successfully market and be successful in any business, from start-ups, to re-branding, to established companies. On Point Media Solutions had the recent honour of creating a fresh and modern design for the 150th Ipswich Show, as well as working closely with the Discovery Channel on the Street Outlaws TV Series from the USA at Willowbank Raceway”.

Tafe Queensland

Young Business Person Of The Year Award

Dylan Noden - DNE Civil & Hire

“We are a family owned and operated business, committed to delivering the highest quality labour hire and wet hire services to our client base, with a focus on customer service, agility and consistently delivering above and beyond the project brief”.

Pearce Hutchinson - Kids at Play Therapy Services

“Our service proudly supports over 250 clients and their families every week, supporting their journey towards increased independence and reaching their potential in their lives. Kids at Play was born out of the ideal of supporting clients, families and the community by providing a service which is built on a family centric approach, that strives to be better every day”.

Luke Frederick - Quest Ipswich

Luke is the Front Office Manager, overseeing all departments and movements of the hotel. “Our team strive to make corporate stay effortless and provide a home away from home experience for you to feel as local as you like it. We believe everyone deserves a place to be themselves, we go further to create the moments that matter”.

River 94.9

Business Person Of The Year Award​

Jason Hannay - Imbibis Craft Distillery

“We are Ipswich’s only artisan distillery crafting award winning small batch spirits and liqueurs with integrity and attention to detail. We are unique and distinctive with a sense of place. We are sustainable, gentle on the land, inspirational. We are passionate purveyors of local ingredients. We are Imbibis”.

Amanda Vidal - Jane’s Handcrafts and Gifts

“We create memorable moments for individuals and businesses wanting to bring positivity and joy to someone on any occasion. We achieve this by cleverly crafting personalised gift boxes, with careful consideration to discover and incorporate elements that celebrate the connection of the sender to the receiver”.

Lauren Antonenko - Loz Life

“My mission is to inspire purposeful, mission-driven people to eat, move, sleep, feel and perform better, so they can live longer, healthier, more joyful lives while moving from stuck to unstoppable.”

Ipswich City Council

Small Business Of The Year Award​

Carousel Consulting

“We are a boutique organisational change and organisational psychology consultancy that specialises in supporting organisations to manage complex change, design more productive cultures and build stronger, more resilient teams. Our team is made up of talented psychologists, facilitators, communicators, and change strategists, all driven by a desire to make a difference in the way organisations and the people within them experience the world of work. We believe that everyone deserves to be given the chance to love their job”.

Inhouse Bathrooms

“We provide custom bathroom, ensuite, laundry and kitchen renovations. We are also a retail shop and sell all the major brands of tapware, accessories, toilets, baths, basins, sinks, tiles, and cabinetry. As part of our renovation service, we offer free design consultations with our interior designer. We provide best practice guidelines on layout and design and assist clients through their selections to ensure colour balance and design aesthetics. We only sell quality products that we have tried and tested. We are your one-stop-shop for all your renovation needs”.

Matt Bull Window Tinting

“Our aim is to ensure latest technological and environmentalyl friendly advances are utilised in the delivery of quality products and workmanship at equitable prices. This forms part of the company’s philosophy for success. The services include tinting of windows in domestic, commercial, industrial, educational, automotive, machinery, and many other areas. We want every customer’s experience to be exceptiona!”.

RPQ Group

Business Of The Year Award​

Brothers Leagues Club Ipswich

“Brothers Leagues Club Ipswich is the leading community focused sport and entertainment venue in Ipswich. We are here for the community and with that being our focal point everything we plan is about exceeding expectations”.

Get Going Support

“Our teams are part of the communities the people we support live in. The strength of our relationships within the community has built our success. We do things differently and believe in positive change for clients and staff. We are here to support people with disabilities live in their community and access every opportunity available to them”.

McNamara Law

“McNamara Law has been practicing law in the Ipswich region for 100 years. With experts in the areas of Family, Commercial and Criminal Law, Wills and Estates, and Conveyancing, we have teams who can stand with the people of Ipswich through any of life’s changes or challenges”.

River 94.9

“River 949 is the #1 commercial radio station in the greater Ipswich area. Unlike other stations, River is live and local providing listeners with great music, entertainment, news, traffic, and information relevant to where they live. Their demographics of all people 10+ with a 50/50 male female skew is the perfect platform for local businesses to broadcast their important messages”.

West Moreton Health

Health & Wellness Business Award

Allied Therapy Network

“Occupational therapists focus on helping individuals to engage in everyday tasks and activities including self-care tasks, domestic tasks, community access and engagement tasks as well as recreational and work activities. Not only do we provide 1:1support but we also have many group therapies including our Powerful Parkinson’s Disease Program, Dungeons and Dragons Therapy and Nature Therapy groups. Allied Therapy Network also provides both vascular and lymphoedema services to clients with primary or secondary lymphoedema, vascular disease, wounds / ulcers, recurrent cellulitis, or swelling following trauma / post-operative. Our occupational therapists provide specialised assessment, education, and treatment – we hope to continue to reduce wait times at medical centres and hospitals for treatment and management for these clients.”

Kids at Play Therapy Services

“Our service proudly supports over 250 clients and their families every week, supporting their journey towards increased independence and reaching their potential in their lives. Kids at Play was born out of the ideal of supporting clients, families and the community by providing a service which is built on a family centric approach, that strives to be better every day”.

Loz Life

“My mission is to inspire purposeful, mission-driven people to eat, move, sleep, feel and perform better, so they can live longer, healthier, more joyful lives while moving from stuck to unstoppable.”

Connect & Grow SEQ

Food & Agribusiness Award

Club Services Ipswich

“Club Services Ipswich is the leading Community Club in our region. Whilst our mission is to support the serving and ex-serving members of the ADF and their families, CSI has made significant inroads to a huge range of sporting and community organisations and initiatives that otherwise go under-supported in the Ipswich region. With out the support of our Ipswich community this would not be possible”.

Imbibis Craft Distillery

“We are Ipswich’s only artisan distillery crafting award winning small batch spirits and liqueurs with integrity and attention to detail. We are unique and distinctive with a sense of place. We are sustainable, gentle on the land, inspirational. We are passionate purveyors of local ingredients. We are Imbibis..”

Neogen Australasia

“By offering a diverse suite of solutions for the food, beverage, animal protein and agriculture industries, Neogen empowers our customers to safeguard their brands and create better products. We also have the privilege to partner with companies in the companion and performance animal industries, as well as the fields of life sciences and toxicology”.

Blue Dog Training

Building & Construction Award​

Gresar Building Design

“Gresar Building Design is a small business that has been operating for 16 years; owned and operated by Sarah & Greg Yarham. Specialising in residential design, the company helps clients through all aspects of the process – from idea through to build ready documentation. With considerable experience in local character house renovations, professional contacts across the industry, and word of mouth recommendations, Gresar Building Design continues to grow and support clients with their projects big or small”.

Inhouse Bathrooms

“We provide custom bathroom, ensuite, laundry and kitchen renovations. We are also a retail shop and sell all the major brands of tapware, accessories, toilets, baths, basins, sinks, tiles, and cabinetry. As part of our renovation service, we offer free design consultations with our interior designer. We provide best practice guidelines on layout and design and assist clients through their selections to ensure colour balance and design aesthetics. We only sell quality products that we have tried and tested. We are your one-stop-shop for all your renovation needs”.

Stowe Australia

“Our origins date back to the advent of the electricity industry in Australia when Francis Bell and George T Stowe incorporated the company in 1910. The company was purchased by two senior foremen Bert Madson and Sam Bogen in 1934. The ownership has been retained through three generations (over 85 years) of the Madson family with Chris Madson the current Managing Director truly representative a successful family business”.

Bishopp

Property & Real Estate Award

First National Action Realty Ipswich

“It is a great honour to be Ipswich’s longest running Real Estate office having opened our doors in 1964 in a small shop front in Bell Street. In the early days we solely sold residential homes, over the past 59 years we have evolved into a large office focusing on residential sales & rentals as well as commercial sales & leasing. Our award-winning team is made up of 28 local Ipswich residents whom all love the town they work in and live in. Whilst our main product is Real Estate our true passion is people and from our premises in Warwick Road, we focus on offering a service at the highest level whilst building relationships & friendships that are strong and worthy of referral”.

LJ Hooker Ipswich

“LJ Hooker Ipswich is a comprehensive sales agency, providing a seamless real estate journey. Our all-encompassing services include Residential Sales and Property Management, along with Commercial sales and management. Committed to excellence, we collaborate with conveyancing and finance enterprises, ensuring a holistic experience for clients. With a focus on professionalism and expertise, we guide you through every step of your real estate endeavors, backed by a dedicated team and a wide range of services. At LJ Hooker Ipswich, we transform property transactions into effortless achievements”.

Purple Cow Real Estate

“We are Purple Cow Real Estate: the top-recommended agency in Spring Mountain and Springfield Lakes. Our innovative, dynamic and creative storytelling approach to real estate sales and property management means that your most valuable asset stands out and gets noticed like a purple cow among the herd”.

Club Services Ipswich

Customer Service Award

Anytime Fitness Yamanto

“Established in 2017, Anytime Fitness Yamanto stands as a premier fitness destination, consistently securing a top 5 spot among Australian clubs for unparalleled customer satisfaction. Our state-of-the-art facility offers 24/7 access, cutting-edge equipment, and a supportive atmosphere, empowering members to achieve their wellness goals on their own terms. Your journey, your time, your success –ANYtime at Anytime Fitness Yamanto.”

Easy Hearing Audiology

Easy Hearing Audiology is the only Boutique style family-owned independent Hearing clinic in Ipswich region. The clinic is owned and managed by a husband and wife, Vinu and Minu. Vinu has a Master’s Degree in Audiology and has been practicing Audiology for the last 14 years with the last seven years servicing Ipswich and surrounding suburbs. Minu holds a Diploma in Audiometry and a Master’s degree in communication sciences.

Sorted by Kath

“Receiving the Customer Service Award at the Ipswich Region Business Excellence Awards in 2022, my second year of business, was a remarkable accomplishment that has greatly benefited my business. This award has helped me grow personally and professionally and has increased my credibility within business, coaching and resume-writing industries.”

The Llama Farm

“Located between the rolling foothills of picturesque Pine Mountain and the tranquil banks of the mid Brisbane River, The Llama Farm offers boutique, authentic, rural tourism experiences like no other and is home to the largest herd of llamas in Queensland. Guests are treated to tour experiences that are hands-on, educational, and extraordinary. Their guided llama walk at sunset is a sublime experience that showcases the beauty of Pine Mountain, the rustic rural landscape and loveable nature of llamas. Guests leave feeling relaxed,

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