Business gong boosts hometown status
When Ben Shipley won Young Business Person of the Year at the Lord Mayor's Business Awards last year he had business from all around the world.
But the one place he had struggled to get a foothold was his home town of Brisbane.
Mr Shipley is the managing director of Comscentre, which began in a garage 10 years ago offering technology to small and medium businesses which was previously only available to big businesses.
As nominations opened for this year's awards he said the win had greatly improved his business in Brisbane.
"It was very positive, especially for our Brisbane business, we're a bit of an unusual company in that most of the work we do is interstate and overseas so from a Queensland perspective, which is quite a large market for us, we sort of got some recognition from the home market," he said.
"It was really, really positive, it's been a bit of a weird situation in some ways, we can supply services to Queensland companies and governments and organisations whether or not they did not know about it.
"But we had a lot of southern companies and Asian countries entrust us with their communications but not Queensland companies."
Mr Shipley said his company had entered talks with many businesses in Queensland since he won the award – and it had even opened doors to working with the state government.
"We got meetings with the various people who could help, just the change has been amazing, it's been very positive for our Queensland business in particular," he said.
"Also, to some degree, from a cultural perspective, our Asian customers really do respect that sort of stuff."
Nominations opened across nine categories last week for this year's awards.
Nominations close on July 27 and the categories range from Business Creativity to Business Person of the Year.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said celebrating Brisbane's business achievements was essential in recognising and promoting the city's business community.
“The Lord Mayor's Business Awards showcase our leading business talent and together with the Brisbane Economic Development Plan they aim to maximise every opportunity possible for the growth and prosperity of our economy,” he said.
“I encourage all organisations to nominate for the awards and look forward to seeing some fresh faces at this year's event.”
The 2012 winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner on October 31.
Visit www.lmba.com.au or contact Brisbane Marketing on 07 3006 6200 for more information.
Source: Brisbane Times, click here