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Written on the 30 July 2017 by Gold Coast PR Company Consulting HallIndustrial and corporate uniform supplier Totally WorkWear Gold Coast had the competition well and truly covered at the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards for July.
The independently-owned retailer, which is owned by business couple Jason and Carey De Boer, claimed the Retail, Wholesale and Distribution Award for July.
Ms De Boer said Totally Workwear had enjoyed tremendous growth over the past five years and the business was looking to grow further.
"When Jason and I bought the business nine years ago we had one small 200sqm store at Ashmore,'' she said.
"We now have four stores in the Gold Coast-Tweed region and we are hopeful of opening a fifth store within the next two years."
Ms De Boer said the couple had invested a lot of time and money improving the company's equipment and training its employees to provide better service to its clients.
"We have focused on continual improvement,'' she said. "This strategy has included streamlining our stock management process, the computerisation of the business, investing in new embroidery equipment and building the company's profile through effective marketing and networking."
Ms De Boer said the company was proud to serve the needs of big name clients including Queensland Health, National Tiles, Australian Industry Trade College, Telwater, Gold Coast TAFE, St Hilda's, TSS, KDR Gold Coast, Gold Coast City Council, Mr Rentals and Victory Ford.
"There's no doubt that large customers are important to our business but we value every customer who walks through the door whether they are an apprentice tradesman who is just starting out or the chief executive of a major organisation,'' she said.
Ms De Boer said she was honoured the company's efforts had been recognised with the awards win.
"It is really a privilege and an honour to win one of these awards,'' she said. "You don't go into business to win trophies but they certainly are appreciated when you receive one."
In the other categories, Patriot Campers claimed the Emerging Business trophy, Lucy Cole Prestige Properties snapped up Family Business, Dynamic Hydro Excavations dug up the Construction and Trades trophy, Prestige Blending found the right mix in Manufacturing, Amaze Early Education and Active Centres claimed the Professions and Business Services Award, Morlife won the Health and Wellbeing category, onPlatinum ICT secured the IT, Knowledge Management and Digital Services honours and Global Tour Specialists walked away with the Tourism, Hospitality and Events, and Ecosure won the Mayor's Innovation GC Award.
The awards' major sponsors are Westpac, Harvey Norman Commercial Queensland; Optus Business Centre Gold Coast; City of Gold Coast; Regional Development Australia Gold Coast; Flight Centre Business Travel; Choice Homes; OntheNet; Griffith University; Gold Coast Airport; Pindara Private Hospital and The Southport Private Hospital.
The awards' media sponsors include the Gold Coast Bulletin, NBN Television, 92.5 Gold FM and 90.9 Sea FM.
The GCBEA's major supporters are KPMG, McCann, Document Solutions Australia, Bloomtools, Consulting Hall, The Star Gold Coast, Regina King Photography, Bruce Lynton Jaguar Land Rover and Bond University.
Author:Gold Coast PR Company Consulting Hall