Mike Doman
Technology Journalist

Mike Doman is a technology, lifestyle, industrial and education writer

Mike Doman
Technology Journalist

Mike Doman is a technology, lifestyle, industrial and education writer

On the night of nights for Aussie small businesses, it was a Western Australian business that took out the coveted 2015 Telstra Australian Business of the Year Award.

In mid-August, some of Australia’s most innovative business gathered at Star City Casino in Sydney to celebrate their achievements. From ice-tea to industrial electrical services, the 23rd Telstra Australian Business Awards finalists came from all walks of life, sharing one common theme – being the best at what they do.

Telstra Business Of The Year Winner Executive Risk Solutions

From battleground to boardroom

From among this impressive pedigree, a former Special Air Services Regiment trooper, took out the top prize. Scott served in international conflicts and transferred his battle zone experience in crisis management to Australia’s mining and energy sectors, starting Executive Risk Solutions (ERS). The business offers emergency response, crisis management, global safety, specialist security, and post-incident reviews.

Also Medium Business Award winner on the night, ERS has recruited a team of more than 100 specialists from police, fire and emergency services, and military special forces, providing 24-hour service and tailored solutions for government agencies, major corporates and not-for-profits.

Mr Houston said ERS’s journey from start-up to a $20 million company is an example of hard work, a can-do attitude and learning from advisors and mentors along the way.

“We have experienced exponential growth and, in a highly competitive market, we have focused on delivering a more professional service than our competitors.

“Our commitment to professional development is paramount to our success – our investment in sending key personnel to the US for training each year has opened new doors for us in the oil and gas industry and port facilities,” he said.

Pioneers Of Industry

Other awards winners included:

Start-up Award:

Furst Electrical, Bayswater VIC

Micro Business Award:

Nexba, Sydney NSW

Small Business Award:

Cargo Crew, Brunswick East VIC

Medium Business Award:

Executive Risk Solutions, Myaree WA

Regional Award:

Southern Cotton, Whitton NSW

Telstra Business Group Managing Director and Telstra Business Awards Ambassador, Will Irving, said this year’s winners and finalists have built highly disciplined businesses, leveraging specialised expertise with deep customer commitment to offer high quality products and services.

“The 2015 national winners are run by inspiring and resilient individuals who have taken great personal risk to start their businesses. They are celebrated for having excelled in their innovation, sector leadership and growth and all have amazing potential,” he said.

Also helping celebrate the evening was Federal Small Business Minister Bruce Billson, Telstra CEO Andrew Penn, Telstra CFO Warwick Bray, senior Telstra executives and Awards Alumni including Anthony Kittel of 2014 Telstra Business of the Year, REDARC. 

Know an inspiring business?

For more information about the Awards or to nominate for the 2016 Telstra Australian Business Awards, head here. 

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