A CLARKSON business that combines play with medical and professional services won the overall City of Wanneroo Business Awards prize this year.
The Atlantis Group, which includes the Atlantis indoor play and childcare centres, Greenhouse Education and Key Largo Professional Centre, won the business of the year award at the Wanneroo Business Association (WBA) event.
Owner Bob Hindle said he felt the company’s success came down to organic growth and being community-minded.
“I have always been very passionate about the northern corridor area; I have lived here, and ran businesses here, for over 20 years and have enjoyed watching it grow,” he said.
“There are so many great businesses, large and small, within the City of Wanneroo, so to be recognised on Friday night (November 18) as excelling amongst such company, was an honour.
“We have always tried to just let the business do the talking and not look to expand too quickly.
“As the needs of the area develop, we are happy to grow to meet them, but other than that, it’s about focusing on the community.”
Mr Hindle said “quality staff” were critical to the success of his business.
“Your people are your wealth in business – a loyal, well-trained and experienced workforce is priceless, especially in childcare,” he said.
“Parents are entrusting us with their children and this is something we have never taken lightly.”
About 160 people attended the event at Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, where awards were given for 14 categories.
Yanchep’s Chocolate Drops owner Sue Dash won the mayor’s visionary businessperson award, presented by Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts.
Passing Paws Pet Cremations (Neerabup) were rewarded as start up of the year, while Burning Fruit (Joondalup) came out on top of two categories including customer service excellence.
Mindarie Marina took the best business title for companies with more than 15 employees, and Hampers By Design (Wangara) won the best small and home-based business award.
Wangara-based PSS Distributors won the industrial award and Big Brew Coffee Roasters retained their title of best tourism and hospitality business for the second year running.
Multi-award winning business In Balance Australia was named innovator of the year, while Appliance Parts Solutions (Wangara) won the online and digital excellence category.
The workforce training excellence award went to Harcourts Alliance, and one of its property managers Samantha Riley took home the employee of the year prize.
Quality Printers and Cartridges (Gnangara) beat off competition for recognition in the environmental sustainability excellence category.
“In their 13th year, this awards program showcases the talent, dedication and sheer drive of businesses from across the area,” WBA president Trent Carter said.
“The WBA board of management are honoured to be able to highlight their achievements in this annual event and wish them continued success in the future.”