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Building innovator takes top spot at the 2017 Telstra ACT Business Awards

Smarter Staff
Smarter Writer

This article has been written by the Smarter Business™ Staff Writers

Smarter Staff
Smarter Writer

This article has been written by the Smarter Business™ Staff Writers

2016’s Telstra Business Awards winners sat down with Smarter BusinessTM to reflect on their achievements over the last year, and why it’s worth entering even if you don’t top your category the first time.

ABS Façade was named the State winner at the 25th annual Telstra ACT Business Awards held in Canberra last night. The company provides custom-made building solutions for the construction marketplace with ground breaking modern materials and is currently involved in projects including the development of the Perth Stadium.

people celebrating around award

ABS Façade’s co-founder and logistics coordinator, Jack Vanderglas, says the business’ strong growth comes down to their knack for creating impressive aesthetics through quality design:

“Within our business we strive to solve our clients’ issues by introducing a product that is made from durable, reliable, quality material,” he said.

 The business also took home the 2017 Telstra Australian Capital Territory Medium Business Award.

Celebrating their 25th year, the Telstra Business Awards showcase the achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of Australia’s best small and medium businesses (SMBs) and more recently, charities as well.

Telstra Director, Branded Channels, Mike Tregurtha, said the winners of the 2017 Telstra ACT Business Awards demonstrate what it takes to become ‘that’ business – a leader in their field, a name that is trusted and admired and an organisation that inspires others. 

“The ACT winners all display a willingness to take risks, embrace innovation and think creatively about the long-termism of their business, successfully challenging their respective industry norms as a result,” he said.

“ABS Façade’s unique point of difference lies in its development of industry-first techniques and products, which have enabled the business to constantly stay ahead of the curve. It’s this level of innovation that has undoubtedly contributed to them becoming one of Australia’s only fabrication companies with a nationwide presence.”

Other businesses recognised at the 2017 Telstra Australian Capital Territory Business Awards were:

  • Dex, pioneers of the first Australian-made pre-operative carbohydrate drink, took home the 2017 Telstra Australian Capital Territory New Business Award
  • Capital Chemist Wanniassa, an extended-hours health hub and pharmacy, won the 2017 Telstra Australian Capital Territory Small Business Award 
Nominations are open year-round.
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