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Ministers for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

BUSINESS AWARDS DEFY DOWNTURN

Australian businesses continue to show flair through risk-taking and entrepreneurship as highlighted at the Annual Telstra Business Awards held in Sydney tonight, Small Business Minister Dr Craig Emerson said.

Dr Emerson was on hand to present business owners with their awards at the gala dinner held at the Hilton Hotel.

“I was encouraged to see optimism and confidence so clearly evident among business owners, big and small, despite the economic downturn,” he said.

“Confidence is paramount to our economic recovery and the Government has been and will continue to be proactive through a range of initiatives to support and bolster that confidence.

“We have seen a positive response to the small business tax break which was boosted in the Budget from 30 per cent to 50 per cent for small businesses and extended to the end of this year.

“And our programs to support business on the road to recovery through the National Building and Jobs Plan are in full swing.”

Tonight’s awards program included five award categories and recognised businesses that have between one and 200 employees.

There was also a category for businesses which have successfully introduced an innovation or new concept to their business.

The Results

Winner of the Newsltd Business Owner Micro-Business Award:

The COACH Program (Victoria) - a program to improve the standard of care of sufferers of cardiovascular disease that has been adopted by the Australian public health care system with plans to expand in the United States.

Winner of the MYOB Small Business Award:

Edible Blooms - a South Australian business that offers bouquets of gourmet chocolates, home-baked cookies, fresh fruit and “beer” cakes. The business has a database of 50,000 clients with stores in four states.

Innovation Minister > The Hon Dr Craig Emerson MP

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The Hon Dr Craig Emerson MP

20 Aug 2009

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Winner of the National Panasonic Medium Business Award:

Point Project Management - a Canberra based consultancy business that has adopted a “mobile office” policy. Point has become one of Australia’s largest specialist project management consultancies with 33 employees and 54 clients.

National AMP Innovation Award:

Vaxine - a South Australian research and development business that has recently signed an $8.5 million contract to provide vaccine research and development services to the US Government.

National Sensis Social Responsibility Award:

R Radford and Sons - a Victorian business specialising in certified organic and ethnically-sensitive meat production.

“I’d like to congratulate not only all winners but all those who made the finals tonight - it was a field of great quality and excellence,” Dr Emerson said.

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