THREE Toowoomba businesses have been named as finalists in the 2018 Australian Small Business Champion Awards, with Excavation Equipment nominated for a total of three awards – Services category, Business Growth category and General Manager Catherine Ardi is a finalist in Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year.
Toowoomba’s Focus HR and florist, Blooming Gorgeous have also been nominated and will join EXEQ to represent the Darling Downs in Sydney on April, 21st 2018.
EXEQ Marketing Manager, Ms April Lancaster-Smith said, “It’s an honour to be representing Toowoomba along with 2 other stellar local businesses. Toowoomba is an epicentre for great leadership and female-run businesses, so the recognition is an indirect nod to women in business.”
Ms Lancaster-Smith said that being nominated is a win regardless for EXEQ’s 20 staff members as it’s their belief in the business’ vision to deliver value to customers while building a socially responsible company for future generations. ‘We support our local and national community by engaging in fundraising for charities such as The McGrath Foundation where we go Pink for Pinktober and other serious social issues, and to inspire individuals and other organisations to do so as well,’
Ms Lancaster-Smith continued, ‘We believe that our business model and staff work hard to produce an award- winning company that is based on the Darling Downs and making a small impact across Australia and internationally. We love supporting local business and are proud to be Toowoomba based.’
It is the largest awards program for small business in Australia with 43 industry categories.
Steve Loe of Precedent Productions started the awards in 1999 to publicly celebrate the achievements of small business people.
“Creating the Australian Small Business Awards seemed like an ideal way to honour the contribution that small business people make to our community.
Mr Loe said the awards had become known as the “Oscars” of Australia’s small business sector.
About 30 judges evaluate the entries and look at all aspects of a winning business including: strategies, customer service, vision, support of the local community and growth.
EXEQ, on the corner of Boundary and Taylor Sts, services the needs of the crushing and earthmoving industry and apart from Toowoomba, has bases in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Christchurch in New Zealand.
The business has been nominated for a raft of business awards, with the business winning the overall Services award at the 2017 Australian Small Business Champion Awards and Catherine Ardi taking out the 2017 Darling Downs Business Woman of the Year in 2017.