2017 LMBA winners

Update: Footwear designer named Lord Mayor's Business Person of the Year

Winners of the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards were announced at a gala dinner at City Hall. Now in their 12th year, the 2017 awards attracted a record number of entries.

The Lord Mayor’s Business Awards are staged by Brisbane Marketing and sponsored by ANZ, Australia Pacific LNG, Australia TradeCoast, BDO, Brisbane City Council, Channel 7, Energex, Epicure, HSBC, ISPT, Optus, Port of Brisbane, Queensland Urban Utilities, Singapore Airlines, Sirromet and Staging Connections.

ANZ Award for High-Growth Business Start-Up

Redback Technologies Smart Hybrid System

Redback is a technology company focused on the development of advanced, low-cost solar solutions for residential and commercial users. Redback's market-leading integrated hardware and software technologies capture, store and manage solar energy, providing accelerated return on investment.

With a focus on quality and efficiency, Redback’s streamlined inverter hardware incorporates power electronics, cloud system control and related switchgear into an aesthetically pleasing design, allowing for rapid integration, and thus low installed costs.

Redback’s proprietary cloud-based system puts power back in the hands of consumers. With the ability to analyse and control energy generation and consumption in real time, Redback affords consumers the ability to reduce energy costs without sacrificing comfort. Best of all, Redback inverters are upgradable as new features become available, providing consumers with peace of mind.

Redback’s management has over a century of experience in renewable energy generation, engineering, manufacturing, software development and energy market regulation. Founded in April 2015 and based in Brisbane, Redback Technologies is supported by the Microsoft Innovation Centre and has established alliances with leading edge partners including Sonepar and The University of Queensland to ensure high-quality, innovative and feature-rich products that are delivered to its customers at disruptive prices. The Redback Smart Hybrid system is affordable, reliable and accessible to everyone.

Australia TradeCoast Award for Outstanding Small Business

The Print Bar

The Print Bar's in the business of print, design and creativity and is proud to say it has garnered a reputation for its top prints, creative workshops, live printing and screenprint art exhibitions.

Run by a team of designers, artists and print specialists, The Print Bar's goal is to take its clients’ plans from ideas to print. It has no print minimums or maximum runs, and its easy-to-use website and online designer enables everyone to easily create and print their own high-quality custom t-shirts and printed products.  

Queensland Urban Utilities Award for Product Innovation

Flavour Creations

Flavour Creations is dedicated to enhancing the quality of human life through its constant pursuit of ground-breaking dysphagia and nutritional product innovations. For 20 years, the company’s range of great-tasting pre-thickened drinks, high-quality thickening powders and advanced nutrition offerings have delivered better patient outcomes and restored dignity and independence back to its customers. In its pursuit to deliver the industry’s best products and further its history of innovation, Flavour Creations created the Dysphagia Cup. A revolution in the international ready-to-drink thickened beverage market, the Dysphagia Cup is focused on patient safety and accessibility; empowering individuals who currently experience difficulty holding their own cup to feed themselves independently.

Energex Award for Sustainability in Business

Floth Sustainable Building Consultants

Floth is one of Australia’s leading building services engineering and sustainability consultancy practices, earning a reputation for commercially viable and sustainable designs in over 30 years of operation.

Floth applies sustainability in all operations and is recognised to have made a significant contribution to the green building movement in Australia. In the process, Floth has achieved a number of sustainability certification firsts in Australia.

Floth head office in Fortitude Valley recently achieved the first 6 Star Green Star Design and As-Built v1.1 certified rating in Australia. It is the first building recognised to meet the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council's (ASBEC) Zero Carbon Standard Building definition and was also awarded the first 6 star NABERS Indoor Environment rating in Australia.

ISPT Award for Digital Adoption Strategy

Watkins Steel Pty Ltd

After the success of implementing a unique end-to-end digital workflow for steel fabrication and installation, Watkins Steel – a family-owned steel fabrication company operating since 1968 – continues to make investment in technology.

Watkins Steel has moved further away from traditional processes into the realm of mixed reality, utilising the Microsoft HoloLens in all aspects of the steel manufacturing process. It has also commissioned its second line of Voortman Automated Robotics for steel processing, which integrates all three of its robotic machines to run as a single line – a significant improvement to the efficiency of its existing digital workflow.

Since the adoption of digital strategy, Watkins Steel has significantly increased the efficiency and accuracy of the steel manufacturing process and delivered value-added benefits to clients. Innovation has transformed Watkins Steel as a business, laying the foundation for future growth and expansion into new markets.

Australia Pacific LNG Award for Business Innovation

HTA Group

HTA is an innovative company offering metal heat treatment services to the aerospace, defence, mining, oil & gas and medical industries in Australia and the US. Operating since 1979, the company has grown to a staff of over 65 located at four branches located across Australia and in California. HTA offers a comprehensive heat treatment service, with customers extending throughout Australia, the US, Asia and the UK.

All HTA sites are equipped with industry-leading technology and modernised processing equipment. HTA enhances supply chains with key discriminators including customer-driven initiatives through to its wealth of processing knowledge from its highly skilled workforce. These attributes, plus more, drive the client experience and provide key advantages to outstanding customer value.

Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd Award for Investment in Brisbane

NEXTDC B2 Data Centre

In September this year, NEXTDC launched B2, the company’s second Brisbane data centre – designed, funded and operated from NEXTDC’s Brisbane head office. Located on St Paul’s Tce in Fortitude Valley, B2 is essential infrastructure for Brisbane’s growing digital economy, featuring a robust power distribution system designed in-house, and clever separation of power and water utilities. As secure hubs for access to IT services and telecommunications networks, data centres are supporting more and more of our society’s critical functions, and as Australia’s first data centre with full Uptime Institute Tier IV Certification for fault tolerance, B2 represents a new level of service resilience for its customers, and the innovation and technical excellence that is driving NEXTDC’s success.

HSBC Award for Doing Business in Asia

Brisbane Airport Corporation

Brisbane Airport (BNE) is the multi-award-winning, premier gateway to Queensland, welcoming nearly 22.9 million passengers a year. Operating 24/7 with 31 airlines flying to 82 national and international destinations, BNE is increasingly becoming the gateway of choice for discerning passengers, with its domestic network providing unrivalled connectivity for business, education and tourism throughout Australia. Recently voted the Best Airport in Australia/Pacific in the 2016 and 2017 Skytrax World Airport Awards, BNE’s $3.8 billion infrastructure plan is set to further transform the airport over coming years. Projects to be delivered include a new runway, expanded terminals, more aircraft aprons, and initiatives to enhance the passenger experience.

Singapore Airlines Award for Young Business Person of the Year

Dr Christopher Jeffery – RER Labs

Dr Chris Jeffery has a well-rounded background of technical and management experience with qualifications in Engineering, Medicine, Leadership and Business. Initially undertaking an undergraduate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chris graduated with honours and the J.H. Curtis Award for Engineering Australia’s thesis of the year. Chris graduated from medicine in 2014 and mid-way through 2016 had successfully translated aspects of his PhD into three different commercial entities.

Today Chris’s main focus is on his role as CEO of Field Orthopaedics, a medical device company valued at over $27 million. Chris’s work has led to the inception of numerous companies and novel innovations such as headphones that personally customise sound, 360-degree immersive cameras, medical devices treating wrist arthritis, preventing surgical-related infections and improving minimally invasive surgery.

Channel 7 Award for Business Person of the Year

Caroline McCulloch - FRANKiE4 footwear

Caroline McCulloch, a qualified podiatrist and physiotherapist turned footwear designer, applies her biomechanical knowledge and style to her true passion: designing footwear in which women feel comfortable and confident. With her husband, Caroline co-owns Brisbane Podiatry clinics All Podiatry & The Shoe Co.

Launched in 2011 with 200 pairs of shoes, FRANKiE4 now orders over 100,000 pairs from its supplier. With two concept stores and 90+ stockists across Australia and New Zealand, FRANKiE4 is furthering its global reach, showing the range in Europe.

Caroline credits her success to having amazing staff and a great product. FRANKiE4 is the proud winner of the 2017 Australian Brand Awards for Product of Excellence and recently developed a sockette range to raise funds for Brisbane charity BrainChild.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Wallace Bishop – Wallace Bishop Jewellers

Born in 1934, Wallace is the third generation of the Bishop family to be involved in the Wallace Bishop Group. He is the grandson of the original Wallace Bishop, who founded the jewellery company in 1917.

His position as Chairman of the Group followed a long career with Wallace Bishop, which began immediately after completing his junior exams at Brisbane Boys’ College in 1950. His father, Carl Wallace Bishop, organised Wallace to begin training in the workshop as a watchmaker, and he went on to hold many more positions within the company before he became the CEO after his father’s death in 1976.

During the establishment of the Queen Street Mall in the 1980s, Wallace was a key member of the Brisbane Mall Advisory Committee and had a strong influence on the development of the major retail precinct.

With his business acumen and jewellery expertise, Wallace’s leadership resulted in Wallace Bishop increasing from three Brisbane City-based stores to the current 56-store operation across Queensland and New South Wales.

While no longer on the workshop floor daily, Wallace continues to work closely with his son Stuart, who is the youngest of his four children and the current CEO of Wallace Bishop Group, in overseeing the businesses and operations.

The Bishop family is also heavily involved with numerous charities and non-profit organisations, such as schools, hospitals, clubs, and local projects, as a way of giving back to the community.

Optus Business Platinum Award

The Print Bar

The Print Bar's in the business of print, design and creativity and is proud to say it has garnered a reputation for its top prints, creative workshops, live printing and screenprint art exhibitions.

Run by a team of designers, artists and print specialists, The Print Bar's goal is to take its clients’ plans from ideas to print. It has no print minimums or maximum runs, and its easy-to-use website and online designer enables everyone to easily create and print their own high-quality custom t-shirts and printed products.