Mandurah Cruises and Gift Shop receive award in WA Regional Small Business Award

Small Business Minister Joe Francis with winners Rod and Cheryl Bishop and Small Business Commissioner David Eaton.
Small Business Minister Joe Francis with winners Rod and Cheryl Bishop and Small Business Commissioner David Eaton.

CRUISING away with the WA Regional Small Business Award for 2014 was local business Mandurah Cruises and Gift shop.

The awards were presented at a ceremony on Friday.

For the past eight years the business has delighted tour-ists and locals with cruises on the region’s waterways.

Small Business Minister Joe Francis said Mandurah Cruises and Gift Shop was a worthy winner, having grown from a single business with one boat to a multi-faceted operation that has relocated to new premises and increased its fleet to five boats.

‘As a small, family business, Mandurah Cruises and Gift Shop is an ideal example of sound financial management and sensible business growth,’ he said.

‘Owners Rod and Cheryl Bishop have added to their primary enterprise with supporting businesses including a gift shop, catering service, charter and transport services and events co-ordination.’

They also won the 11 to 20 Employees Award, received $25,000 in advertising from GWN7 and the production of a 30-second commercial courtesy of Lomax Media.

The winners won’t be celebrating for long as they are about to enter a busy period, hosting Christmas Lights cruises on the Mandurah canals.