Suntrix – 2013 Telstra South Australian Business of the Year

Adelaide-based solar energy business, Suntrix Pty Ltd has been named the 2013 Telstra South Australian Business of the Year.

Suntrix, which also won the Medium Business Award, offers a turnkey solution focusing on solar expertise, value products and personalised customer service. Husband and wife team, Jenny Paradiso and David Hille launched the residential, commercial and wholesale business in 2009. Telstra judges cited Suntrix’ educational ‘extra effort’ as the company’s winning advantage.

“We provide value-added services such as solar advice and design, energy auditing and energy load profiling for our clients,” says MD, Jenny Paradiso. “Our aim has always been to educate and inform to ensure every person has a clear understanding of how solar will work within their environment and the benefits it will offer.”

Suntrix has also developed a ground-mounted tracking unit, Suntrax, which can provide up to 40% more output than other solar systems.

Other businesses honored by Telstra include another energy company, Off-Grid Energy Australia, a designer, supplier and installer of stand-alone power and grid battery storage technologies; Adelaide business advisers BRS; and Synotronics, an electronics design business specialising in environmental and scientific instrumentation.

The Regional Business Award was taken out by Richard Gunner’s Fine Meats. The business developed from a cattle property on the Coorong into an integrated ‘paddock to plate’ meat business, running butcher shops and retail stores across Adelaide and Victor Harbor and supplying restaurants throughout Australia.

Will Irving, Telstra Business Group Managing Director and Ambassador for the Telstra Australian Business Awards, says the strong customer focus by Suntrix set it apart from its competitors and contributed to its success.

“The judges were impressed by Suntrix’s ethical focus on customer service and its commitment to full and ongoing service,” he says. “Suntrix’ strong business practices and planning, along with its ability to diversify within retail, commercial and wholesale markets, was another contributing factor to its win tonight.”

The Telstra Australian Business Awards were launched in 1992 to recognise the achievements of SME businesses and to share their growth ideas and strategies in a way that benefits the wider business community.

“We are thrilled each year to learn about businesses that innovate, persevere and thrive, even through tough economic conditions, and I encourage South Australians to nominate businesses now for the 2014 awards,” Will Irving says.

The winners of the 2013 Telstra SA Business Awards:

• Telstra SA Business of the Year – Suntrix Pty Ltd, Adelaide

• Start-Up Award – Off-Grid Energy Australia, Dudley Park
A designer, supplier and installer of standalone power and grid battery storage technologies, established by Hugh Driscoll and Sean LePoidevin. Judges said this innovative business challenged the solar industry with affordable power solutions for remote and off grid environments. They were impressed with the passion of the team and noted that Off-Grid Energy Australia had created a strong business model based around industry best practice.

• Micro Business Award – Synotronics Pty Ltd, Dry Creek
Tyson Grubb established Synotronics in 2003 as an online retailer specialising in environmental and scientific instrumentation, batteries, battery chargers and analysers, lab equipment and tools for engineers. Judges praised Synotronic’s outstanding market approach around quality products and its high levels of customer service and management. They said the business had shown consistent growth over many years and a strong plan to drive future growth.

• Small Business Award – BRS, Adelaide
Launching business advisers BRS in 2009, Kym and Nicole Williams focused on the resources, infrastructure and government sectors and helping clients to improve performance and develop their people. The judges noted that BRS was rapidly expanding its client base through word of mouth and taking on large corporate industry leaders. They praised the strategic management of its consultants and their expertise in business relationships.

• Medium Business Award – Suntrix Pty Ltd, Newton

• Regional Award – Richard Gunner’s Fine Meats, Mount Barker
Richard Gunner’s Fine Meats has developed from a cattle property into an integrated meat business with the purchase 12 years ago of its first butcher shop. Adding five more retail stores in Adelaide and Victor Harbor, it now serves 7500 customers every week and supplies 150 restaurants across Australia.

Winners of the Telstra SA Business Awards will be judged against category winners from other states and territories in the lead up to the national Telstra Australian Business Awards to be announced in Sydney on 22 August. Winners of the 2013 Awards will share in more than $500,000 in cash and business products, which is split among state, territory and national winners.

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