Northern Business Achievement Awards
The Northern Business Achievement Awards (NBA Awards) recognise the achievements of small to medium sized businesses across Melbourne's northern suburbs. They aim to encourage business excellence, growth and competitiveness.
The awards celebrate businesses that have excelled in the areas of: initiative, innovation, enthusiasm, quality and service, exporting and human resource excellence.
Council has nominated two outstanding local businesses to represent Yarra in the NBA Award, as well as nominating one young person for the Young Business Achiever Award.
Yarra nominees 2013 - Northern Business Achievement Awards
Blick Creative is a full-circle website design and graphic design agency located in Clifton Hill.
From website design and development to graphic design, print, marketing and copywriting, their unusual solutions push the boundaries of creative, meaningful design.
Blick’s diverse client base – encompassing private, government, non-profit and corporate organisations – helps keep their ideas fresh. Broad industry experience means they know how to target their clients’ brand, ideas or campaign to the right audience.
Creating a positive social and environmental impact in the community is integral to their work, and is apparent throughout all Blick projects. Above all, they love what they do and enjoy the challenge and inspiration that comes from creating bold new design solutions.
GJK (named after founders George, John & Kerry) began as a family business in 1985 offering a wide range of commercial cleaning services.
Operating for twenty eight years, GJK Facility Services has now developed into an organisation with over 2,000 employees and SME's.
GJK are now regarded as an employer of choice within the industry and are able to attract the highest calibre staff. After beginning the business in Richmond and then Hawthorn, GJK now operates from large premises in Rowville with their corporate offices located in Collingwood. Today GJK have the systems and the scale to manage some of the most complex property management projects in Australia.
Yarra nominee 2013 - Young Business Achiever
Bec McHenry – The Projection Room
After spending over a year in Africa – studying, travelling, working and experiencing, Bec returned home to Australia and founded The Projection Room. The Projection Room is a project management consultancy company that makes projects happen.
The Projection Room focuses on projects that embrace creativity, innovation and social entrepreneurship, and that pursue improved social outcomes. Through such projects, Bec is able to help others achieve their projections for a better world. So far she has helped a variety of clients do just that, including Creativity Australia, Business for Millennium Development, The Oaktree Foundation and The Difference.
A highlight of Bec’s career thus far came in June 2012 when she was invited to work on a project for the United Nations at their head quarters in Geneva. Another proud moment for Bec and The Projection Room came when it became only the second company in Australia to gain B Corp Certification. Bec is now part of a growing international community of more than 600 companies (including Ben & Jerry’s and Australia’s own Small Giants) across 60 industries that are disrupting traditional understanding of business and bringing social value to the forefront of their business models and practises.
Thanks to Bec’s relentless, passionate nature, and her commitment to growing social enterprise here in Australia, The Projection Room is going from strength to strength, evolving as a small-but-mighty “conscious company” that is helping to define a better way of doing business.
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