Bunyip based firm Greenview Accounting Group has been named Cardinia Business of the Year for 2013.
Business directors Tracey Amott and Jodie Smith proudly accepted the prestigious prize at the Cardinia Business Awards at Cardinia Cultural Centre on 31 May 2013..
Greenview Accounting also took out the Professional Businesses and Services category for the second year running, as well as the Employer of Choice award.
The successful and growing enterprise was a small business category finalist in the Melbourne South East Business Awards for 2013. Founded in 1996, it now employs 13 people, with a second location opening soon in Officer.
The award’s judges said Greenview Accounting won the top prize primarily because it demonstrates excellence in all areas of the business, and is always looking for ways to improve.
Greenview Accounting’s directors Jodie Smith and Tracey Amott are “gobsmacked and delighted” by their winning streak at this year’s awards.
“There’s a real buzz of excitement in our office this morning. We can’t take the smiles off our faces,” Mrs Smith said.
“Taking out the Employer of Choice category is particularly special for us. We work hard to make sure our employees are happy and fulfilled in their work. It underpins everything we do, and it’s great to have that acknowledged,” said Mrs Smith.
Mrs Smith said Greenview will be encouraging its most innovative and forward thinking clients to enter the awards in 2014, and is willing to help guide them through the process.
“Entering the Cardinia Business Awards is great for prompting you to look closely at where your organisation is at, and where you want to go. Businesses considering it should definitely take the time to submit an entry.”
Just over 200 people attended the awards night, which is hosted annually by Cardinia Shire Council. The popular event is a chance for Council to thank and reward local business operators for their success, hard work, innovation and contribution to the local economy.
Winners in the 15 categories, which are listed below, shared in over $7,000 in prize money.
Council put three new business development initiatives in place for the 2013 awards.
All award finalists received a voucher to access the Small Business Mentoring Service, courtesy of Monash University.
All award entrants are also eligible to attend a free business development master class in July.
And finally, thanks to media sponsor STAR News Group, each category winner is receiving a $200 gift voucher for local employment advertising in any STAR News Group community newspaper in south east Melbourne.
Cardinia Shire Mayor Cr Brett Owen said the award’s judges were particularly impressed by the passion with which this year’s finalists run their businesses.
“The judges were also pleased to find that many of these top level Shire businesses are operating very ethically and with great integrity.
“They are finding ways to support the local community as well as generate profits, which is great to see,” Cr Owen said.
Cr Owen said that there are many reasons to believe the future looks particularly bright for businesses in Cardinia Shire.
“An increasingly diverse range of Cardinia Shire businesses are performing strongly and showing great innovation and commitment to growth.
“And with Cardinia Shire Council and the City of Casey recently having launched the Casey Cardinia Business Group and a new framework for attracting more business investment in our region, there is a lot for the local business community to feel energised and optimistic about.”
Awards attendees were entertained by singer Andrew Wishart, a finalist on Channel Seven’s The X Factor in 2011, while TV and radio presenter John Blackman emceed the night.