The following is a Courier Mail article.
Two Sunshine Coast firms soak up glory at Telstra Business Awards
Two businesses that began their operations from tin sheds on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and who both now count defence customers among their growing client lists took were among the handful of winners at the Telstra Australian Business Awards in Sydney on Thursday night.
Warana-based manufacturer of power generation products, ENIQUEST, was named the national winner of the Micro Business Award, while Marcoola-based Becker Helicopter Services Pty Ltd; which is one of the largest helicopter flight training providers in the world, won the national Medium Business Award.
Tasmanian cheese company, Bruny Island Cheese Co, which was named the Telstra Australian Business of the Year.
ENIQUEST was formed in 2004 by electrical generation expert Don Pulver who wanted to develop, manufacture and distribute innovative electric power systems that were Australian made at a time when local manufacturing was contracting.
Focused on developing unique and highly innovative products locally, ENIQUEST has expanded from selling spare components for the in-service generators of the Australian Defence Force to delivering generation solutions to clients such as BHP Billiton and Toll Australia.
Mr Pulver, who has grown the business from a solo operation operating from a small shed with a single table and donated computer, attributes ENIQUEST’s success to its commitment to local manufacture and Australian innovation.
“With extensive knowledge of electrical generating products, I had the passion and resources to develop a new range of products that were immune from competition from cheaper overseas manufacturers,” Mr Pulver said.
Fellow Sunshine Coast business, Becker Helicopter Services, was launched as an idea by pilots Mike and Jan Becker in 1995. One year later they had secured the funding, accreditation and a helicopter necessary to offer their first Helicopter Pilot training course.
The husband and wife team were confident that the commitment they had for quality training would position the business for success in an industry that was traditionally run by old tired pilots who had lost their passion for flying. By delivering Advanced Night Vision Goggle training, the business gained an even greater advantage to grow.
With its fleet of 18 helicopters and 70 staff, the company is now an internationally recognised training provider that has major contracts to provide training services to global organisations including Allied Armed Forces and sells training manuals and DVD’s worldwide. News Corp Australia, publisher of The Courier-Mail, is the media partner of the Telstra Australian Business Awards.Share