Winners of the 2013 Canberra BusinessPoint Awards!

Posted 22 November 2013 11:00am

Canberra business PayMe Australia has been recognised for its innovation and growth in the field of specialised payroll management by winning the inaugural Canberra BusinessPoint Business of the Year award. 

PayMe Australia, a contractor payroll management company, was originally formed to support the payroll needs of IT contractors in the ACT. Today PayMe provides specialised services to the IT, administrative, gas and oil sectors nationally. It was chosen as the 2013 Canberra BusinessPoint Business of the Year after winning the High Growth category this evening at the 6th annual Canberra BusinessPoint Awards held at the National Portrait Gallery. 

Finalists and winners in the 2013 Canberra BusinessPoint Awards were announced across six categories which recognise both the diversity of start-ups and existing firms in the ACT and the innovation, effective business planning and future potential of these enterprises. The major prize of 2013 Canberra BusinessPoint Business of the Year was presented by Minister Andrew Barr. 


The winners in each category were: 

 Web and Mobile – 

 Clean and Green – Envirolove 

 Bricks and Mortar – Autolyse 

 Creative and Design – Handmade Canberra 

 Micro-enterprise – Ontong Patafta Bernal Football Academy 

 High growth – PayMe Australia 


Chris Faulks, Canberra Business Council CEO, and Anna Pino, CEO of the Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre, said the high standard of entries in this year’s Awards is very encouraging for the future of business in Canberra. 

“Canberra BusinessPoint Awards this year demonstrate that the ACT is an excellent incubator for successful small businesses”, Ms Pino said. 

Ms Faulks added that the calibre of finalists and winners not only reflects the success of each of these companies but the high-quality assistance being provided to new and growing businesses by the Canberra BusinessPoint. 

This was backed up by the CEO of PayMe Australia, Ian Lindgren, who said “The Canberra BusinessPoint program has been invaluable” 

“Regular strategic updates and focused business workshops has encouraged change and development on an ongoing basis for PayMe,” Mr Lindgren Said. 

Canberra BusinessPoint had over 1200 businesses come to it for assistance or advice in 2013 alone and over 3000 since its relaunch in February 2011. It offers practical advice and support for both existing businesses and those intending to start a business in Canberra. Through mentoring programs and one-on-one consultations, Canberra BusinessPoint provides tailored and specific advice, allowing local businesses to reach their full potential. 




Winner of the High Growth category (see details below) 




SIMPLYSHOW.ME (SSM) is a private and secure, web and mobile, video messaging service allowing professionals to share their experience and expertise with their clients and co-workers. SSM allows professionals to have full control over who receives their content and this allows them to protect their intellectual property, and monetize their skills and expertise. SSM is currently servicing the health and fitness, financial services, and corporate training sectors. As an example we are currently working with the Australian Diabetes Council to allow them to deliver video based health, training and lifestyle advice to their almost 200,000 members. 




Quizling is an educational app. Teachers create a quiz, play a quiz and the share their quiz. Preview or revise history questions, check English comprehension and drill Japanese vocabulary. Quizling makes teaching flexible and fun - make your quiz to suit your needs. Or, better still - get your students to make the quiz! Quizling has a dynamic design, including bright colours, clear interface and the engaging quizling bear-monkey logo! Options include a timer, scoring, trivia, true/false and multiple choice questions. Each quiz is saved to your device, plugged into your projector and played. Quizling, made by teachers, for teachers. 




The Imagine Team is a mobile app developer based in Canberra, with offices also in Melbourne. The Imagine Team provides innovative mobile app development services to clients across Australia, and also develops ventures of its own. Our mobile app services include marketing, design, branding, market analysis, graphics design, web and social media presence, and of course, software development.





Envirolove implements environmental solutions into ACT businesses. Our main service is organic waste recycling. Our speciality is providing this service to large, complex businesses or workplaces, where a customised solution is required, and empowerment of managers, staff is provided to create a long lasting solution. We continue to service a varied range of businesses. In 2011, we extended our services to environmental consultation, supporting recycling in businesses and also working on projects for ACT government departments. In 2012/2013 we developed an interactive software practice currently used by departments in the ACT to train staff on workplace recycling. 




Pure Pod creates beautiful Australian Made, contemporary & stylish "Sustainable" women's fashion. Appealing to women who care about what they wear, quality and most importantly, an interest in sustainability, beautiful design, health & wellbeing. Pure Pod’s aim is to bring contemporary style to the eco-fashion movement and to give consumers a choice with meaning, whilst at the same time, educating those interested in what fabrics, accessories, processes and manufacturing. All garments are lovingly & ethically made from Organic Cotton, Bamboo, Soy, Linen, Silk, Merino Wool and "Hand Woven" Denim that have either used low impact or vegetable dyes. 




Our company provides Commercial Cleaning Services to businesses located in the ACT and Queanbeyan regions. Our company is focused on changing the cleaning industry for the good by introducing to our clients environmentally friendly cleaning solutions through a range of methods from cleaning chemicals, machinery and cleaning systems. The company provides cleaning services to some of Canberra's most iconic attractions like the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia and Questacon where all sites have environmentally friendly cleaning products as well as machinery in use. 





Sour Dough bakery/patisserie cafe also serving interesting meals based around our sour dough and preparing everything in full view of our customers. I think this builds an enormous amount of trust with your customers. 90% products are sold retail and10% of our turnover is wholesale bread sales to supermarkets. Wholesale could easily grow by 500% within a month if we had the capacity. This has been addressed through our recent signing of a new lease in the same group of shops which will double our floor space. 




Stripey Sundae is a delightful vintage-inspired ice cream shop in Gold Creek. We are dedicated to utilising local suppliers and our ice cream is made in Canberra by Frugii. We have new flavours every week so our customers can always experience something new. We offer Fair Trade coffee, affogatos, Devonshire tea and locally sourced treats like Batemans Bay nuts and Dream Cuisine macaroons. The beautiful décor has also sparked a great deal of interest in being a venue for various events such as birthday parties, hen’s afternoons, baby showers and fashion shoots. Stripey Sundae turns ice cream into an experience. 




Flint(FITV), a vineyard restaurant provides more than just a dining experience. Residing in Canberra Wine country it’s a getaway, a destination, and an opportunity to explore the wine region. Our key product offerings are food & beverage, an exciting events calendar and our flexible, picturesque venue. Fresh local produce is utilised, local wine is showcased and our venue is adaptable for a-la-carte dining, functions, corporate events and weddings. Our services include relaxed dining, wedding planning, outdoor live theatre and open-air cinema. We provide a content rich website with online booking/ticketing facilities and offer knowledgeable recommendations to our local region. 





Handmade Canberra is a specialised retailer with a twist. Handmade Canberra is made up of the Handmade Market and Shop Handmade. Both the Market and Shop carries only high-quality, Australian made products produced by local, regional and interstate designers. Our Mission statement reflects perfectly our aim: "Connecting the designer to the customer", local and visiting, through Shop Handmade and the Handmade Market. The Market is quarterly with over 150 local and interstate designers, attracting 

20,000 customers to each event. Shop Handmade brings together over 170 local and interstate artists, designers, craftsmen and gourmets all in one beautiful retail space. 




Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art is a drama school in the Australian Capital Territory. CADA provides performing arts training in drama, acting and speech communication skills. We provide vocational education courses for school leavers: 

- Certificate III in Performance (Acting) 

- Diploma of Musical Theatre 

- Advanced Diploma of Performance 

We provide weekly classes and holiday programs for: 

- 4-6 year-olds - "Speech Bubbles" drama program 

- 7-12 year-olds "Drama 4 Kids" program 

- 12-17 year-olds "Acting 4 Teens" program 

We offer a range of other courses including: 

- 'Acting 101' - a beginners' acting course for adults 

- Guest workshops through the year. 




Big Ice Cream is a digital studio that produces apps for pre-school and early primary school aged children on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android. Caroline Kinny-Lewis and Gabrielle Banks founded big Ice Cream in 2012. 

Significant advances in mobile technology have radically changed the way that content for children can be delivered. However the characteristics of children’s development and the role of play have remained constant. Combining these two factors presents a unique opportunity; to create original content that is authentic, innovative, age appropriate, beneficial, safe, delightful and fun for children on tablet and mobile devices. 





Ontong Patafta Bernal Football Academy is a new, dynamic and exciting football academy providing football education, development and a proven pathway for all children in Canberra. We are here to help every individual take their football to the next level. From the kid just starting out to the very elite players of Canberra football, we cater for all development levels. It's the little extras that make all the difference to ensure you give yourself every possible chance of living the dream! 




Aerial Photography and Video services providing imagery for: 

• Rural, Urban and Commercial real estate and developments (marketing, orthophotography, development status reports, etc.) 

• Advertising and marketing (e.g. resorts, golf courses, sports fields, schools, businesses, etc.) 

• Civil Engineers (Pre-construction analysis, Damage assessment, visual inspections of raised structures such as bridges, multi-story buildings, dams or other large structures, etc.) 

• Agriculture (crop and weed growth analysis, fire management plans, etc.) 

• Surveying and mapping (topographical, orthophotography, etc.) 

• Utilities companies (Plant, wind turbine and power line inspections, etc.) 

• Mining Resource Sector (Site surveying, site security, small area mapping, operational monitoring, training aids, marketing, etc.) 




Super awesome mobile coffee and food microbusiness. We do what the customer wants specialising in really high quality coffee and customer service with the edge of owned and run by the person making the coffee. We do events, music festivals, fetes and have a Hawkers licence to sell coffee on the side of the bike path. 





PayMe Australia provides specialist payroll services to contractors throughout Australia primarily in the information technology, administrative, and oil and gas sectors. We have further developed the PayMe Brand to provide, individual tax returns and novated car leasing. PayMe will only provide the services that the can be the best at, not just the same as everyone else, but provide a real differentiation from the competition. 



Jigsaw Housing is leaders in Canberra and Australia in the innovative, emerging field of Integrative design. This approach will shape the future of architecture and building design and construction. 

Jigsaw Housing offer comprehensive energy efficiency-focused, residential building 

services including: 

- design 

- construction 

- thermal performance assessment 

These services are offered to clients wanting to build new sustainable homes as well as clients wanting to convert their existing houses into more efficiently and comfortable homes. 




We provide a nutritious range of foods that anyone can enjoy. They are also ideal for people with special dietary needs. Our foods are first and foremost, 100% grain-free (gluten-free but also no rice, corn, their derivatives and other grains). In terms of merit, this feat had never before been commercially achieved. We're committed to providing delicious and nutritious grain-free foods to all Australians via retail stores, retail mail-order facility, wholesale business (supermarkets, distributors, food service industry and small businesses) and have signed an MOU with a business partner for a manufacturing plant in Brisbane by the end of 2013. 




CloudCentral offers secure Australian cloud solutions to enterprise, government 

customers and technology service providers for on selling. Services are highly available, reliable and secure computing solutions at commodity price points, with 24x7x365 phone and email support, plus a 99.95% uptime. 

Services include: 

- Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) perfect for running Web Applications, Online Services, 

- Disaster Recovery (DR), 

- Test & Development, 

- Enterprise Applications, 

- Collaboration and E-mail-as-a-Service: Our SmarterMail service fulfils organisations’ e-mail, calendaring and collaboration needs, 

- Desktop-as-a-Service: A fully functional windows desktop regardless of your location and device (pc, tablet, smartphone, etc.). 

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