New England North West

 

The New England North West Business Awards recognises growth and entrepreneurship. Celebrating business success across the region from Armidale to Moree, Tenterfield to Quirindi, and everywhere in between – these awards not only allow you to compete against the best local and regional businesses but as a winner, you’ll then compete against the best from across New South Wales.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 New England North West Business Awards!

Winners from the New England North West Business Awards will become finalists at the State Business Awards on Friday 26 November 2021.

Thank you to all businesses for taking the time to share your stories and achievements of excellence. We are truly inspired, particularly in a challenging time for business.

2021 Winners & Finalists

The Outstanding Employee Award recognises an inspirational employee who has demonstrated a passion for their role and a commitment to their workplace and community.

2021 Winner

Mikala Ellis, Birth Beat

Birth Beat is an innovative online childbirth and early parenting education platform founded in Australia. Birth Beat has completely revolutionised the way parents prepare for birth and early parenthood while juggling work/life balance by delivering online education courses that can be accessed on demand, anywhere.

Mikala's current role is the Communications Manager at Birth Beat. Birth Beat is a tech start-up, which means no two days are the same. As a team they are often required to take on a multitude of responsibilities that fall outside traditional job descriptions. In her first two and a half years of employment at Birth Beat, she has developed her skills to take on a diverse range of responsibilities. The team refer to her as the Chief Problem Solver, being always up for a challenge and looking to solve any problems as they arise within the business. 

2021 Finalists

The Outstanding Young Business Leader award recognises an inspirational business leader aged 35 or under who demonstrates outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business direction and innovative ideas.

2021 Winner

Glenn Many, Many Fabrication & Engineering

Many Fabrication & Engineering commenced as a sole trader operation, owned and operated by Glenn and his wife. The growth of the company is attributed to Glenn's drive to succeed and his passion for improving industry service in our region. Fast forward 8 years later, the company has grown to employ over 40 employees, facilitate - managing a culturally inclusive and diverse engineering workshop is just one part of Glenn's responsibilities.

Glenn's role within the company includes business improvement & development, project & stakeholder management, overseeing procurement & tendering, training & upskilling apprentices and tradespeople. Glenn prides himself on actively engaging with industry stakeholders to provide opportunities for his employees, and offer additional employment and upskilling opportunities for local community members. Providing employment opportunities for our local community is a huge motivator for Glenn and offering apprenticeships and traineeships has been part of the business strategy from establishment.

2021 Finalists

The Outstanding Business Leader award recognises an inspirational business leader aged 36 or over who demonstrates outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business direction and innovative ideas, whilst providing leadership to the new generation.

2021 Winner

Penny Crawford, Crawford Boots

Crawford Boots have been designed by Penny Crawford, a podiatrist with over 30 years of experience. The boots are manufactured using natural rubber and use an internationally patented fitting system (WedgeTech ™ inserts) to deliver the fit, stability and the comfort of a leather work boot, but with the durability and waterproof features of a gumboot.

As Managing Director, Penny oversees an advanced manufacturing supply chain, with national distribution through a network of distributors located in every state. She also provides specialist health and safety advice to projects and site workers on reducing risks (slips, trips and injury) associated with poor fitting or poorly functioning boots in harsh terrains.

2021 Finalists

The Excellence in Micro Business Award recognises a business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience.

2021 Winner

Crawford Boots

Crawford Boots are the next-generation, award-winning waterproof safety boots that deliver superior safety, fit, comfort and value for workers operating in wet and harsh environments.

Crawford Boots have been designed by Penny Crawford, a podiatrist with over 30 years of experience. The boots are manufactured using natural rubber and use an internationally patented fitting system (WedgeTech ™ inserts) to deliver the fit, stability and the comfort of a leather work boot, but with the durability and waterproof features of a gumboot.

Recognised nationally, Crawford Boots are supplied to over 40 underground mining operations in Australia.

2021 Finalists

The Excellence in Small Business Award recognises a business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience.

2021 Winner

Pinnacle People Solutions

As regional HR specialists, Pinnacle People Solutions understands the unique environment in which rural and regionally located small-to medium business and not-for-profits operate. Being regionally based themselves, they have a vested interest in the long-term sustainability of regional business and their respective communities, partnering with them to provide support and resources to assist with the delivery of their key strategic and operational priorities.

Pinnacle People Solutions works with regionally-based organisations, helping them to attract and retain great staff, improve productivity, comply with their legal obligations and to protect and improve organisations' bottom line. "We've got your back".

2021 Finalists

The Excellence in Business Award recognises a business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience.

2021 Winner

Mannion Drilling

Mannion Drilling is the only exploration and water drilling contractor based in the Gunnedah and Mudgee areas. Holding ongoing long standing contracts with both major mining contractors in the Gunnedah Coal basin through excellent safety performance, environmental awareness and production levels, Mannion Drilling is the contractor of choice for drilling services.

Mannion Drilling is a family business which has been operating over 100 years in the area, developing an unmatched experience and knowledge of the drilling conditions encountered and the underground aquifers in the New England North West, Far North West and Central West areas.

2021 Finalists

The Excellence in Export Award recognises a business that exports its products or services internationally and are building a strong reputation for Australian products and services in international markets.

2021 Winner

FeedXL

FeedXL is a nutrition calculator for horses. It allows horse owners to quickly and easily work out if what they are feeding their horse is actually meeting their horse's daily nutrient requirements.

FeedXL gives horse owners the confidence to make their own, science based feeding choices without the marketing hype and misleading claims from feed and supplement manufacturers.

FeedXL gives horse owners peace of mind that they are doing the best by their horses, takes away the worry that horse feeding can cause and optimises horse health. A world first, FeedXL is trusted by thousands of horse owners worldwide.

2021 Finalist

The Employer of Choice Award recognises a business that has implemented strategies and initiatives to create stimulating and supportive workplace environments to maximise the full potential of their workforce.

2021 Winner

Moss Environmental

Moss Environmental has expertise across ecology, agricultural & soil science, hydrology, contaminated land management, natural resource management, sustainability and the circular economy.

Projects completed to date include construction, mining, environmental education, transport operations, and ISCA submissions earning the firm a reputation for delivering efficient, practical, and cost-effective solutions.

Moss Environmental has created a culture that encourages professional excellence and the highest standards of work, but at the same time offers its people great flexibility, and a positive, collaborative environment with a strong focus on professional growth.

2021 Finalists

The Excellence in Innovation Award recognises a business that has made significant contributions to their industry and/or community, or implemented innovative solutions for new and existing business needs through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application.

2021 Winner

Meralli Solar

Meralli Solar is Australia’s leading provider of PEG frame solar solutions in rural and regional Australia. They see the opportunities associated with an increased generation capacity in a decentralised grid, which shares energy within the local regional community, ultimately providing more affordable and reliable power than the current centralised system. They see that this approach will build economic capacity in their regional communities.

Their mission is to change the energy landscape across regional Australia by installing high-quality, cost-effective, compact solar farms that sit comfortably side by side with agriculture while empowering rural and regional economic development and sustainability.

2021 Finalists

The Outstanding Community Organisation Award recognises an organisation that works to improve the social, cultural or environmental wellbeing of the community.

2021 Winner

Quirindi Rotary Club

The people of their area are the outcomes Quirindi Rotary invests in. Their business is to support, mentor and subsidise their skills, knowledge, and practice through their current projects. Music Scholarships, public speaking competitions, youth leadership programs, national science forums, international exchange programs and the Model United Nations program form the backbone of their investments.

By following the objects of Rotary, and setting the example, Quirindi Rotary supports their community, business and otherwise, to thrive and prosper. They support other organisations when gaps are exposed and relish the diversity of volunteerism when they co-contribute.

2021 Finalists

The Outstanding Start-up Award recognises a start-up business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the potential to achieve future success.

2021 Winner

PharmOnline

PharmOnline, the first pharmacist-led telehealth service in Australia, connects isolated people with experienced pharmacists to discuss their health goals and medication. PharmOnline aims to offer 24/7 access to the medication experts, with a goal of improving the health of all Australians through education, advice and advocacy. PharmOnline offers private and secure video telehealth consultations with clients when and where it suits them.

Based in Walcha, NSW, there team of experienced pharmacists are located across the country to discuss treatment plans, complete medication reviews, recommend effective treatment options, and to triage and refer to local health services. "Wellness based in science."

2021 Finalists

The Business of the Year is selected from the highest score across all business categories.

Congratulations to the 2021 Business of the Year

Crawford Boots