People first approach underpins big South West Business Excellence Awards winners

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
The team from Jones Welding Solutions with Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan.
Camera IconThe team from Jones Welding Solutions with Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan. Credit: JLG Photographics

Small and medium-sized enterprises were celebrated at the South West Business Excellence Awards on Saturday.

Jones Welding Solutions and Belinda Musitano were the two biggest winners of the night as they claimed Business of the Year and Business Person of the Year respectively.

Jones Welding Solutions owner-director Zane Jones said the accolade was recognition the business was moving in the right direction.

“We’ve had aggressive but calculated growth over the past three years,” Mr Jones said.

“In 2016 we did five group certificates and now we’ve done 119 this year.”

He said he believed the business continued to be successful because of the calibre of its employees.

“We hand select all of our employees, we don’t just put an ad out there then take what is available,” he said.

“We put a plan in place, select who we want and then acquire them – I think that’s been the main factor in our success.”

Mrs Musitano said it was a shock to be named Business Person of the Year.

The Eyes@Australind owner said it was an honour to be compared so positively with other businesses in the region.

“I’ve been running a business for a long time in the region and to be recognised as a small business operator against bigger ones with bigger budgets is great,” she said.

“Small businesses stand for so much more than profits.”

Business South West chairwoman Dr Robyn Morris said high quality service was a common thread among many winners on the night.

“We were thrilled with the diversity of businesses that were represented, both in terms of industry sectors and geographic regions,” she said.

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