Technigro weeds out rivals to claim honours

Fast-growing Gold Coast vegetation manager Technigro has been named as the Gold Coast’s 2012 Business of the Year.

The Nerang-based Technigro was named as the major annual winner of the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards at a gala function at Jupiters Hotel and Casino on Saturday night.

Technigro joins a rare group of high profile Gold Coast businesses such as Superior Marinas, Riviera, PWR and Digga as a winner of the city’s most prestigious business honour.

Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards president Ian Cousins said Technigro was a deserving winner of the Business of the Year title as well as being the annual winner of the Family Business Award.

“Technigro is celebrating its 25th anniversary and it is now regarded as Australia's leading urban vegetation manager,’’ said Mr Cousins

“It’s grown from a one-man operation, to almost 100, including three generations of the Bloor family.”

Mr Cousins said Technigro was planning to expand throughout Australia and was investigating ways it could further sell its expertise internationally.

Technigro has been now working with the National Parks Board in Singapore for the past eight months and is hoping to extend this contract for a further two months,’’ said Mr Cousins.



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