Swan Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2023

Celebrate the Winners from 2023 Swan Chamber awards.

AmberChes Distillery wins big at the Swan business awards

The distillery has taken home the Finest Local Beverage Producer and Swan Young Entrepreneur of the year award
August 31, 2023

AmberChes Distillery, a family run affair, has garnered significant recognition within a short span of time, most recently winning Finest Local Beverage Producer and Swan Young Entrepreneur of the year in the Swan Chamber of Commerce awards!

At just 26 years old, Alicia Rheeston-Stewart is already making waves in the world of distilling having won two Master Medals at the Global Gin Masters in the UK together with number of gold and other medals around the world, including gold in San Francisco, in just two short years since distilling her first gin.

Alicia’s accomplishments were further acknowledged in July when she was bestowed with the title of Swan Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

This recognition attests to her entrepreneurial prowess and her ability to make a significant impact in the business world.

Those accomplishments were further acknowledged as AmberChes was awarded Finest Local Beverage Producer by the Swan Chamber of Commerce.

This award reflects the distillery’s commitment to excellence and the production of exceptional beverages.

Located in the Swan Valley region, AmberChes is not just a distillery; it’s a family-run establishment.

The distillery specialises in crafting top-tier, award-winning gins, along with vodka, limoncello, and other spirits.

The hallmark of AmberChes’ creations lies in the meticulous hand-crafted process.

They utilise local botanicals and fruits whenever possible, contributing to the uniqueness and regional character of their products.

Two awards for CARCO.com.au

New Large Business and Large Business of the Year has been Awarded to CARCO at the 2023 Swan Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.
August 31, 2023

CARCO.com.au was not only a category sponsor of this year’s Swan Business Awards, but also the recipient of two awards – New Large Business of the Year and Large Business of the Year.

Regarded as a one-stop-shop for all automotive needs with more than 1000 cars to choose from, including new, used, prestige and consignment vehicle sales – there is something to suit every lifestyle.

With more than 100 staff the company also offers car finance and insurance, with many warranty options available, a large parts department and their own 30 bay purpose-built workshop offering state-of-the-art servicing which is open to public and can service any make any model.

The workshop is fitted with the best equipment to help achieve the highest standards for servicing and repair.

Customer Experience is extremely important to Carco, starting from the first contact made via phone, online or by visiting which goes beyond buying and servicing the vehicle.

As a one-stop-shop for all automotive needs, this reduces the hassle for their customers as they only need to deal with one point of contact for all their purchase, finance and insurance or anything automotive needs.

Their commitment to motorsport is evident with the naming rights sponsorship agreement with Perth’s premier motorsport venue Carco.com.au Raceway (formerly known as Wanneroo Raceway) and the interior remote-control track.

With Photo Factory, there is an existing state-of-the-art photo studio, and arcade machines at reception, and a children’s play area coming soon, they are now close to achieving the promise of being WA’s only experience-focused dealership.

CARCO.com.au is part of the Autoleague group and started trading in November 2021 at 181A Great Eastern Highway, Midland 6056.

In a very short span of trading, the company has played a major role in creating Midland as a great destination for cars with more than 2400 vehicles already sold and over 11,794 vehicles serviced till date, they are certainly becoming one of the fastest growing dealerships in Western Australia.

“We are extremely thrilled to win two awards and are excited to keep doing good work and make Midland a car buying destination. We would like to thank the Swan Chamber of Commerce and City of Swan for the recognition and for a very successful awards night.”

Crosslinks: Awarded for providing Excellence in Health and Wellbeing

Crosslinks have taken out the 2023 Excellence in Health and Wellbeing award at the Swan Chamber of Commerce business awards.
August 31, 2023

Winners of the Swan Chamber of Commerce “Excellence in Health and Wellbeing” award are proving how much they value their staff by offering the opportunity for employees to complete select Certificate III, IV and Diploma courses in Disability, Aged Care and Community Services for free.

“We are deeply honoured to be acknowledged for the contributions Crosslinks has made in our community,” said CEO Dawn McAleenan. “It not only recognises the services we offer, but also highlights the positive impact our team have when working alongside individuals living with disabilities in the Swan Valley region.”

“This award is a testament to their hard work and dedication in providing exceptional support and care to individuals and families in our community.”

“Part of providing exceptional care is about investing in people and ensuring we are empowering workers with a variety of backgrounds and experience to build long-lasting careers in the sector.”

These nationally recognised courses are part of the Fast Tracking a Skilled Workforce that Crosslinks is currently offering to new employees. Terms and conditions do apply; to find out more about how you can invest in yourself, call (08) 9374 1600 or email people@crosslinks.org.au

Lifetime achievement award for Haulmore’s Alan Moody

Swan Chamber of Commerce has recognised Alan Moody's 50 years of hard work with a Lifetime Recognition Award.
August 31, 2023

Alan Moody, the owner of Haulmore Trailers has lived by his business motto ‘Challenges Accepted’ with utmost consistency.

Haulmore celebrates 50 years of outstanding service in the state of Western Australia – a business that has stood the test of time.

Servicing the mining, agricultural, road transport, civil contracting and earthmoving industries, Haulmore has been a strong, resilient and significant leader.

Heavy vehicle manufacturers in Western Australia deal with some of the harshest conditions in the world. To consistently guide Haulmore Trailers in producing high quality equipment in the boom and bust economy, through recessions and global financial crises and pandemics over five decades speaks highly of Alan’s business acumen, passion and his ability to lead.

The transport equipment produced by Alan and his team at Haulmore Trailers rank among the best in the world.

With this as the backdrop of his 50 years in business, Alan was this year’s recipient of the Swan Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Recognition Award.

Passionate designers for all things steel

The 2023 Excellence in Innovation award at the Swan Chamber of Commerce business awards night went to Envisage Steel Creations.
August 31, 2023

WITH a motto of ‘Design, Fabricate, Install’ Envisage Steel Creations are a passionate team of designers and fabricators specialising in one-off, metalwork creations tailor-made made to the specific needs of the customer.

It was this passion and creativity that led to the company’s success in this year’s Swan Chamber of Commerce Business Awards where they won the Excellence in Innovation Award, sponsored by Carco.com.au

“We love unique and exciting designs and aim to make the fabrication process as smooth and enjoyable as possible for all our clients,” director Samantha Dwyer said.

“Our in-house design and drafting team work closely with each client from concept right through to installation.

“During the initial design stage, we can provide professional advice on quality construction techniques, fabrication viability and aesthetic value, which can save time and ensure a great result every time.”

Some examples of their customised fabrication service include, but are not limited to:

• Stairs and spiral stairs

• Balustrades / Handrails

• Customised artistic pieces

• Fixed and Freestanding Furniture

• Fencing Infill / Screen Walls

• Signage

• Feature Screens / Walls

• Small structural projects

• Urban Structures

• Patios / Carport

Envisage Steel Creations has been in business for the past seven years offering a one-stop-shop for drafting and design, fabrication and installation.

“I think our business stands out from other businesses offering similar services because we are an innovative company who look at the custom pieces no one else wants to try,” Samantha said.

Poste Café and Garden Design Centre 

Poste Cafe and Garden Design Centre is honoured to receive two awards at the 2023 Swan Chamber of Commerce Awards night.
August 31, 2023

The Directors and the wonderful staff at Poste Café and Garden Design Centre were honoured to receive the award sponsored by the Echo Newspaper for the best small business tourism at the recent Swan Chamber of Commerce 2023 Swan Business Awards.

We also received a second award for the best small business. The awards were presented to the owners of Poste Café and Garden Design Centre at a gala ceremony held at the beautiful Sandalford Winery in the Swan Valley.

At Poste Café we focus on providing a unique experience to our customers using quality Leftfield Coffee and Ruby Teas along with a range of in house French inspired menu.

Poste Garden Design Centre features antiques and collectables as well as a range of unusual and old-fashioned plants as well as local and imported pots, urns, water features.

Poste Café and Garden Design Centre is situated on the ground floor of the Heritage Listed Guildford Post Office Building including the surrounding gardens and we welcome you from 8am-4pm Monday to Saturday.

The Henley Brook for customer service

The Henley Brook has received the Customer Service Award at the 2023 Swan Chamber of Commerce business awards night.
August 31, 2023

The Henley Brook, fondly known as The Hen, is a beloved destination for locals and tourists alike; offering an unparalleled experience of food, drinks, entertainment, and above all, a location to gather, celebrate and relax.

The Hen caters to a wide range of needs and occasions; featuring a cozy indoor restaurant (punctuated by a double-sided fireplace), a massive lawn which encourages free-range play and several outdoor spaces. This allows guests to choose the perfect setting for their gathering.

For the owners, managers and staff at The Hen, excellence in service is not just what we do for a living, it’s a passion.

Staff are trained to anticipate and exceed the needs of every guest, ensuring a memorable and personal experience for all. The experience begins at the front door, where they are greeted with genuine warmth, creating a welcoming atmosphere that sets the stage for an unforgettable visit.

Recently awarded the Customer Service Award in the 2023 Swan Business Awards, The Hen’s blend of exceptional staff, excellence in food and drinks, beautiful facilities, and unwavering dedication to customer satisfaction epitomises the dedication to customer service for all its guests.

Westralia Car Care: Best retail experience

Westralia Car Care prides itself on customer service, winning Best Retail Experience at the 2023 Swan Chamber of Commerce Awards.
August 31, 2023

At Westralia Car Care we cover all aspects of Car Service, Maintenance and Repairs.

We cater for all makes models of vehicles. Collectively we have over 75 years of experience in our team with many coming from a manufacturer background of Japanese and European vehicles.

We have up to date diagnostic and repair equipment on hand to ensure we can repair all vehicles.

With factory trained Technicians you can rely on Westralia Car Care, each service and repair we carry out gets a comprehensive report, we are extremely transparent and keep our customers advised through the day from when the report is issued right up until they collect their vehicle.

There are no hidden costs and no surprises. With every vehicle we service or repair we also carry out a free wash and vacuum.

We go above and beyond for our customers and ensure they have the best customer experience.

You can rely on Westralia Car Care for all your vehicle needs, we are reputable, dependable and trustworthy.

We recently won “Best Retail Experience” at the Swan Chamber of Commerce Awards, which we are very proud of.

Indulge Your Taste Buds with Outer Spice: A Culinary Adventure Awaits

Emma and Amy Southern from Outer Spice have taken home the Finest Local Producer Award at the 2023 Swan Chamber of Commerce Awards.
August 31, 2023

Are you a self-proclaimed foodie, always on the lookout for unique flavours and tantalising taste experiences?

Look no further than Outer Spice, the local manufacturers of handmade artisan gourmet BBQ Rubs, Seasonings, Salts, Dip Mixes, and Cocktail Infusions.

Emma and Amy Southern, the culinary masterminds behind Outer Spice, have poured their love for food and flavour into every product they create. Drawing inspiration from their globetrotting adventures. By infusing their products with unique flavours and concepts inspired by their travels, they have created a collection that will transport your taste buds to a world of culinary bliss.

What sets Outer Spice apart is their meticulous attention to detail. Every product is mixed, batched, sealed, and labeled by Emma and Amy themselves, ensuring the highest quality and authenticity.

It comes as no surprise that their creations have garnered awards and accolades, with their popularity soaring across Western Australia and beyond.

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a home cook looking to elevate your dishes, Outer Spice has something to offer.

From their humble beginnings with resealable sachets to their expanding range of shakers, their commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction shines through.

What’s truly remarkable is the rapid growth of Outer Spice. In just 18 months, they have secured over 50 stockists, both in Western Australia and interstate, a testament to the exceptional quality of their products.

Whether you prefer to browse their online store or immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of farmers markets and festivals, Outer Spice is a sensory journey that will leave you craving for more.

They offer free delivery on Fridays in the local area and click & collect options.

So, dear foodies, embark on an adventure with Outer Spice and unlock a world of flavours that will tantalise your taste buds like never before.

SLW Transport awarded business people of the year 

SLW Transport are ecstatic they have been awarded the 2023 Swan Business People of the Year.
August 31, 2023

Swan Business Awards 2023 – Wow what a fabulous night, 260 people coming together to celebrate Business. So very blessed to be a part of it.

And then to be winners of Swan Business People of the Year. Something of a surprise considering we did not nominate.

As Mike, our current president told us, it is always given to a single person. So when they were picking a winner, our names kept coming up and because we are always out together, we come as a unit.

They decided to give it to both of us, truly an honour .

So SLW Transport stands for Shane and Leanne Willcox (SLW). Shane came home 15 years ago, and said I’m going to buy a truck, I had a few things to say for which he did not listen, (god bless him) and SLW was born.

We are very proud of what we have achieved and believe Shane has found our little niche in the big transport industry. We stand by strong values and  providing a great service .

Along side SLW and why we believe we were honoured for the award is due to the community of successful entrepreneurs we are connected too. Learning from them what it is to SERVE.

To have a heart for people and helping them achieve their goals and dreams.

So thank you to the Swan Chamber of Commerce, for which we are proud members.

Shane and Lee

Copper Oak Liquor Merchants awarded

Copper Oak Liquor Merchants have taken out the Best Small New Business Award.
August 31, 2023

Founded in 2003, Copper & Oak Liquor Merchants is an independent, family-owned business with over 50 years combined liquor retailing experience.

Our Tuart Hill and Guildford stores showcase an everchanging range of over 1000 unique beers, one of Australia’s largest whisky offerings, plus hundreds of gins, rums and an extensive yet well curated wine range. South African wine and spirits complement this diverse offering.

Since 2022 Copper & Oak Guildford has operated from the historic Baker & Gull’s Store, originally an 1850s bond store that was previously known as Chateau Guildford.

Located at the start of the Swan Valley, Australia’s second oldest wine region, these wines feature prominently in one of Western Australia’s largest region-specific offerings.

Sympathetic and respectful renovations have also expanded the overall liquor offering into one of the most diverse in the area, if not the state.

Our passion for community and liquor culture – the people and stories behind every drop – saw Copper & Oak Guildford receive the Best Small New Business Award at the 2023 Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce Swan Valley Business Awards.

Whether tried and true, or new and emerging, Copper & Oak Liquor Merchants have something for everyone, and our experienced team is proud to share them with you.

Swan City Youth Service wins initiative award for youth services

Swan City Youth Service has been helping people for over 41 years.
August 31, 2023

Swan City Youth Service is a not-for-profit youth service operating for over 41 years in the Midland area.

We are a drop-in Service for at risk youth and provide a holistic approach to assisting young people in whatever capacity, walking along side young people ages 12 - 25 years.

We provide programs including education (Certificate I & II General Education), music studio, young Parents & Bubs, Kadadjing Circle (young men’s connection to culture program), and a school holiday program.

We provide counselling and alcohol and other drugs (AOD) support, we provide a referral service to specialist services in the area and support the young people to attend appointments.

As a stand-alone Not for Profit organisation we can see all those young people that would otherwise fall through the gaps, there is no limit to counselling sessions, there are no pre-requisites and, no cost.

Young people can come into the service and get immediate help from one of our experienced youth workers and we pride ourselves on the fact our door is always open to them.

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