Winners of the 2014 Canberra BusinessPoint Awards!

Posted 30 September 2014 3:00pm

Canberra business Red Robot has been recognised for its innovation and growth in design and manufacturing of single operator photo booths by winning the  2014Canberra BusinessPoint Business of the Year award.

Red Robot designs and manufactures Australia’s first fully commercial, portable, single operator Photo Booths. They are bridging the gap between photos, social media and big brands with their innovative approach to business. Red Robot was chosen as the 2014 Canberra BusinessPoint Business of the Year after winning the High Growth category this evening at the 7thAnnual Canberra BusinessPoint Awards held at the National Portrait Gallery.

Finalists and winners in the 2014 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 potential of these enterprises.  The major prize of 2014 Canberra BusinessPoint Business of the Year was presented by Minister Andrew Barr.

The winners in each category were:

  • Web and Mobile – Imagine Team
  • Clean and Green – Pure Pod
  • Bricks and Mortar – Capital Self Storage
  • Creative and Design – Tatts On Tatts Off
  • Micro-enterprise – Canberra Region Premium Tours
  • High growth – Red Robot

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.

“The Canberra BusinessPoint Awards this year once again demonstrate that the ACT is an excellent incubator of 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 Canberra Business Council and Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre who jointly deliver the Canberra BusinessPoint Program for the ACT Government.

This was backed up by the Co-founder of Red Robot, Phil Preston, who said “The Canberra BusinessPoint program helped us crystalise what we wanted to achieve and what markets we wanted to commit to”

Canberra BusinessPoint had over 2000 businesses come to it for assistance or advice in 2014 alone and over 4000 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.

Canberra Business Council and Lighthouse look forward to seeing the CBR Innovation Network further build on the success of Canberra BusinessPoint to date.


Red Robot Pty Ltd 

Winner of the High Growth category (see details below)



The criteria used for the Web and Mobile Category is:

  • Web based or Mobile Application
  • Evidence of sustainable business practices and innovative techniques/development.
  • How the product/service stands out in the market place and what marketing strategies will be employed to achieve the result.



Imagine Team Pty Ltd 

MyBus is an app that allows users to look up their bus timetables offline on Android and iOS, check and recharge their MyWay balance, and more recently, it is Canberra' first app that shows real-time bus data





Likeajob is a custom built website which matches job seekers with employers (and vice versa) using an algorithm which ranks the match based on a combination of location, experience, qualification and skill set. It is free to post and ad and employers pay between $6-$12 to obtain a highly matched candidate's contact details. Job seekers create a profile, upload their resume and can apply for jobs in just seconds. Likeajob combines the traditional job board such as with elements of an online dating service such as and the flexibility of a search engine such as



Enabled Employment


Enabled Employment is a private company - outside the current government funded business model - which presents a solution to the under-utilisation of both telework and the employment of people with a disability in the Australian workforce. Our site operates as a national free market place for people with a disability to apply for and work in remote jobs. Enabled Employment offers a unique solution for a unique problem. We not only increase opportunities for roles to be undertaken by telework we also offer a solution to diversify the workforce and give people with a disability the opportunity to work.



The criteria used for the Clean and Green Category is:

  • Environmentally friendly and sustainable product/ service with applicability to the identified target market and clear market potential
  • Evidence of sustainable business practices and innovative techniques/development.
  • How the product/service stands out in the market place and what marketing strategies will be employed to achieve the result.





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 lovenly & ethically made from Organic Cotton, Linen, Merino Wool,"Hand Woven" Denim and a new range of Vegetable/Herb Dyed fabrics, good enough to eat.





One of a Kind Apartments is a small family business of serviced apartments with an environmentally friendly design and dedicated to providing a unique urban eco-tourist experience in Canberra. They are energy efficient, water conserving, constructed of recycled materials and are artistically finished with repurposed furnishings. The apartments are landscaped with native xeriscape gardens with a greenhouse for all-seasons gardening and enjoyment. ACT Smart signs are employed throughout to encourage waste reduction and energy efficiency. Complimentary bicycles and cycle maps are provided to encourage our guests to explore the ‘roads less travelled’ in and around Canberra.



Reposit Power

Reposit Power has developed software to connect batteries located in homes and businesses to the electricity market. Electricity grids require stabilisation services to help manage increasing amounts of renewable energy and at the same time the public is demanding smarter use of the Nation’s ‘poles and wires’ infrastructure to arrest spiraling electricity costs. Reposit has software that is able to co-optimise the delivery of services to the electricity market to massively increase the return on investment in storage making it economically viable today. Newly available low-cost battery storage coupled with Reposit’s software is ideally positioned to meet this market need.



The criteria used for the Bricks and Mortar Category is:

  • A tangible product that people can “touch and feel” that has demonstrated market application and validity.
  • Evidence of sustainable business practices and innovative techniques/development.
  • How the product/service stands out in the market place and what marketing strategies will be employed to achieve the result.
  • Quality of marketing strategy, with a focus on the demonstration of the products identifiable path to growth



Capital Self Storage 


Capital Self Storage is a real estate business that retails storage space in a variety of different sizes. CSS provide a wide range of self storage options for customers, including outside and carport parking, climate controlled wine storage, powered sites and units for general household and business needs. The offer of a free truck or trailer on move-in, appeals to the do-it-yourself storer. Alternatively our preferred panel of local removalists can suit those not wishing to do it themselves. We are also one of the few retailers in our region to stock a large range of packaging materials.





Hotel Hotel is a new 68 room hotel in Canberra. Not another boutique art hotel – it is an intense ts, designers, and makers. Hotel Hotel’s raison d’être is more than simply being a hotel. It’s a place for people to meet and talk, to appreciate the creative and the curious. We believe that it is a way of bringing attention to Canberra and everything it has to offer. We also see it as a way of creating more culture and as a backdrop for the arts.



Therapy Masters 


Therapy Masters provides a range of Massage Therapy treatments to our client base. We offer treatments in Remedial, Relaxation, Sports, Pregnancy and Hot Stone Massage. As well as Lymphatic Drainage, Foot Reflexology, Reiki and Cupping. Our clinic has been specifically designed as a treatment centre for Massage and Well-Being Therapies. Our spacious treatment rooms have electric treatment tables and dimmable lights. We sell a range of Self Care Retail Products to assist our clients, to take better care of themselves. We are also launching a range of Health and Well-Being Seminars to share our knowledge with a wider audience.



The criteria used for the Creative and Design Category is:

  • A creative endeavour, existing or in development, that has clear market potential.
  • The core product is clearly identified and has a unique market advantage
  • Evidence of sustainable business practices and innovative techniques/development.




 Tattooing, Tattoo Removal, Cosmetic Tattooing and Piercing.



Flashpoint Training 


  • Resume Writing
  • Application Cover Letter Services,
  • Selection Criteria Writing,
  • Interview Coaching and
  • Developing effective job hunting strategies

Assisting job seekers to increase their experience in IT platforms such as MS Office, Dreamwever, Wordpress, SAP, Aurion, PeopleSoft.



Handmade Canberra 


Handmade Canberra is a specialised retail business comprising The Handmade Market and Shop Handmade. Both the market and shop allow only high-quality, Australian made products to be sold. The two spaces work cohesively together in allowing small business's a platform to sell their designs to the customer in a successful supportive environment without the cost of setting up their own shop fronts etc. Handmade Canberra aims to empower Australian creative businesses with the skills and confidence to take their own small business to the next level. Together Market & Shop trade under the one award winning collective brand, Handmade Canberra.




The criteria used for the Micro-Enterprise Category is:

  • A business, in early stage or growth phase, that meets that standard definition (criteria) of micro-enterprise. This includes businesses that are owner-operated, businesses that operate from home and employ less than 5 employees.
  • Uniqueness of the business model or concept
  • Evidence of sustainable business practices and innovative techniques/development.
  • How the product/service stands out in the market place and what marketing strategies will be employed to achieve the result.



Canberra Region Premium Tours 


We offer day tours, which include Wine Tours to the Murrumbateman area and the Lake George area, and a Canberra Highlights Tours around our “Bush Capital’s” iconic attractions. Our priority is to ensure that our guests have an enjoyable and memorable day! We pride ourselves on knowing the people, the produce, the history and assuring our guests receive the best attention. We offer “all-inclusive” tours to maximise enjoyment. This includes pick up and return to guest’s local accommodation, lunch, morning and afternoon tea, (all consumed and enjoyed at quality cafes or wineries), any wine tasting fees and complimentary bottled water.



Bright Spark Speaking (currently under construction)


I am a professional public speaker and trainer. I fulfil a wide variety of speaking roles such as keynote and conference speaker, master of ceremony (MC), facilitator and trainer.

The topics that I speak on include:

• Customer Service

• Networking

• Communication

• Confidence

• Records and information management

I offer an insight into the disabled customer market because I’m a disabled customer.

As a customer with a disability, I offer businesses a unique insight – one grounded in the experience of disabled members of the community.


Penny Hyde 


As a personal property shopper "Penny Hyde" helps clients source, consider, purchase or rent investment properties, rental houses or dream homes in Canberra. After gaining an understanding of the client’s needs, I research, source and shortlist properties, attend inspections, conduct negotiations and anything else that needs to be done such as stocking the fridge at settlement. My clients can enjoy their weekends. I remove the stress and make a purchase or rental an easy process, achieving the best results possible for my clients.



The criteria used for the High Growth Category are:

  • A business that is trading or in development, and has high growth strategies in place, whether organic or through investment.
  • Must have a customer or be in the final stages of negotiation with a potential customer.
  • The level of innovation/novelty
  • Evidence of sustainable business practices and innovative techniques/development.


Red Robot Pty Ltd 


 Red Robot designs and manufactures Australia’s first fully commercial, portable, single operator, Photo Booths aimed at others wanting to emulate our rental business model and to bridge the gap between photos, social media and big brands. We specialise in providing a better way for people to operate a Photo Booth hire business with less hassle, in less time while reducing their costs and increasing profits. Our products are designed to be customisable and up-gradable while we continually develop more upgrades, features, software and apps to help our customers achieve more differentiation and to stand out as leaders in the industry.



Barmco Mana Partnership 


 We offer consulting expertise in the management of projects, buildings, specialised engineering services and related activities, within the property and construction industries in the ACT and surrounds.

We supply support for all forms of project delivery in varying roles across a buildings project life cycle.

We support client needs and expectations in the delivery of building services, from facility concept to occupation and beyond. We aim to maximise system and overall building efficiency, taking into account capital costs, recurrent operational costs and energy conservation.

We have three multi-disciplinary service lines:

1-Brief Development

2-Independence of review

3-Construction Based Engineering Advice



Tailored Accounts 


Tailored Accounts is a professional bookkeeping firm located in Canberra. The company provides three major service lines. They are bookkeeping, consulting and training, of which bookkeeping services contribute averagely 80% to our sales. The monthly bookkeeping package is the most popular services package. Consulting services includes financial system set up and implementation, providing cloud based business systems, financial analysis and consulting to increase your business efficiency. Training services offer programs on the two most popular accounting softwares, MYOB and Xero. These three lines supplement each other and are the base for us to provide a comprehensive accounting package when requested.

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