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2017 Telstra Business Awards Finalists

30 June 2017 | Care & Support

From a children’s building blocks storage bag to a noise and vibration engineering consultancy firm, the finalists announced in the 2017 Telstra South Australian Business Awards illustrate the diversity and innovation underlining the state’s thriving business landscape.

Amongst this year’s 18 finalists is Pouch Australia, a creative storage solution for children’s building blocks which aims to maximise creative play and minimise mess. The portable, durable and stylish pouch has taken the international market by storm, with listings in over 200 retail stores across Australia and New Zealand, along with customer bases in the UK, Israel, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the USA.

While Pouch Australia is hearing a sigh of relief from parents everywhere, another business has sharp hearing skills. Resonate Acoustics and Resonate Systems is an engineering consultancy firm specialising in controlling noise, vibration and the electromagnetic fields around sensitive equipment. Providing advice to businesses in the construction, roads, rail, mining and port industries, Resonate’s work allows clients to understand the wider environmental impact of facility design.

Celebrating 25 years in 2017, the Telstra Business Awards are the longest running program honouring the achievements of Australia’s best small and medium businesses (SMBs) and more recently, charities as well.

Telstra Business Executive Director, Brendan Donohoe, said this year’s finalists were demonstrating what it takes to become ‘that’ business – a leader in their field, a name that is trusted and admired, an organisation that inspires others.

“Many of the South Australian finalists are great examples of innovators and early adopters who have used technology to help them gain an advantage in the market. They show how technology is fundamentally changing the way businesses operate today and delivering enormous benefits,” he said.

“This year, we are delighted to be celebrating 25 years of the Telstra Business Awards and all that Australian businesses and charities contribute to our economy and way of life. They inspire us with their relentless pursuit of finding new and better ways to do things through their resilience, the courage to take risks and an incredible talent and commitment.”

Other businesses highlighting the variety of industries among the 2017 finalists, include, Umoona Opal Mine & Museum, a must-see attraction in Coober Pedy, in regional South Australia, and Social Media AOK which helps clients to understand social media’s potential to improve many aspects of a business.

Winners of the 2017 Telstra South Australian Business Awards will be announced on Tuesday 11 July, at the Adelaide Oval. State and Territory category winners will be flown to Sydney for the national judging on Thursday 24 August, culminating in a glittering celebration dinner on the night of Friday 25 August 2017.

The full list of the finalists of the 2017 Telstra South Australian Business Awards is below. For more information about the businesses, please visit:

New Business

  • Adelaide Commercial Maintenance, Holden Hill
  • Myriota, Adelaide
  • Racing Management Services, Echunga
  • The Online Director, North Adelaide

Micro Business

  • Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons Ghost Tours, Adelaide
  • GenWise Health, Adelaide
  • His and Her Time Outdoor Fitness, Seacliff
  • Pouch Australia Pty Ltd, Aberfoyle Park
  • Social Media AOK, Kent Town
  • Welden & Coluccio Lawyers, Adelaide

Small Business

  • Homecare Equipment Services, Adelaide
  • ID Fabrication, Wingfield
  • Kid Sense Child Development, Unley
  • Umoona Opal Mine & Museum, Coober Pedy

Medium Business

  • Altitude Advisory, Adelaide
  • L.V. DOHNT & CO. Pty Ltd., Nangwarry
  • Resonate Acoustics and Resonate Systems, Adelaide
  • Hessel Group, Fullarton

Awards information and tickets for the Awards Gala Dinners can be purchased by calling 1800 AWARDS between 9am and 7pm AEST Monday to Friday.


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