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Casey Cardinia Business Awards

This is the second year of the combined business awards for the City of Casey and the Shire of Cardinia. And I still very much enjoy seeing how well the 2 councils work and collaborate together.

Casey Cardinia Business Awards 2015

Casey Cardinia Business Awards 2015

 

Finalists for 2015

The finalists were announced last night at Monash University and we are please to be able to report that we are finalists again for:

  • Business and Professional Services
  • Manufacturer of the Year

Our congratulations also go to fellow SEMMA members (South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance), Australian Precision Technologies and Wastech Engineering, who are also finalists for Manufacturer of the Year.

Cardinia Business Awards Finalists 2015

Cardinia Business Awards Finalists 2015

Above we are with Professor Leon Piterman, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Monash University campus in Berwick, Shire of Cardinia Mayor Cr Leticia Wilmot, Junette Keefe and Ray Keefe of Successful Endeavours, Natalie Bourke of Jotterbug Creative and City of Casey Mayor Cr Mick Moreland. 

Here is a shot from the night showing the announcements under way.

Finalists Announced 2015

Finalists Announced 2015

And phone grabs of the awards certificates taken on the night.

Business And Professional Services Finalist 2015

Business And Professional Services Finalist 2015

 

Manufacturer of the Year Finalist 2015

Manufacturer of the Year Finalist 2015

 The winners will be announced at a Gala dinner at the newly refurbished Cranbourne Turf Club on 22 October 2015. We are all looking forward to it.

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development. Ray Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for nearly 30 years. This post is Copyright © 2015 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

Casey Business Awards 2012

Successful Endeavours were selected as finalists in 2 categories in the  Casey Business Awards 2012 . The categories were:

  • Business and Professional Services
  • Manufacturer of the Year
    Casey Business Awards Logo

    Casey Business Awards

The awards ceremony was held at a gala dinner event on 20 September 2012 at Arthur Wren Hall in Hampton Park.

Casey Business and Professional Services Award 2012

We are pleased to announce that we won the Business and Professional Services Award for 2012 which was presented by Ross Neilson of  First National Real Estate who were the category sponsors. 

Casey Business and Professional Services Award 2012

Casey Business and Professional Services Award 2012

It was another excellent evening hosted by the City of Casey and the Casey Economic Development Department. The guest presenter was Neil Mitchell of 3AW who covered a range of topics including the need for clear and upfront communications from politicians and public figures; and his admiration of small businesses and their contribution to the success of the nation.

Neil Mitchell

Neil Mitchell on 3AW

He also left us with some advice. Here is the summary:

  • Know your limitations
  • Keep trying harder regardless of what you have already achieved
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously
  • Don’t forget who you work for; serve them; do your best for them.

 And our congratulations got to GAIA Skin Naturals as winners of both the Manufacturer of the Year and Casey Business of the Year for 2012.

The official winners announcement is at 2012 Casey Business Awards Winners.

There will be official pictures and videos released soon and I’ll post again once they are available.

And the sponsors for the Business and Professional Services Award are actually 4 separate companies under one banner. Here are the domains for each:

Successful Endeavours specialise in Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development. Ray Keefe has developed market leading electronics products in Australia for nearly 30 years.  This post is Copyright © 2012  Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd

Casey Business Awards

In 2010 the City Of Casey had their inaugural Casey Business Awards. They awarded us Casey Business of the Year and also gave us the award for Business and Professional Services which we shared with A Better Dental Care. As part of the awards ceremony they had 10 second videos prepared for each finalist and a 15 second video prepared for each category winner.  So we have 3 videos to show covering our awards as finalist for Casey Manufacturer Of The Year, as finalist and winners of the Casey Business and Professional Services Award and our award as Casey Business Of The Year for 2010.

Although we went to some length to describe what we do, which is Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development for Australian Electronics Manufacturers who still make their products in Australia, some of the voiceover comments didn’t quite come out right. It makes it all the more obvious how clear and consistent you have to be in explaining what you do.

So if you need an Electronics Product then we can do way more than is articulated in these videos but you do get a chance to see us in action.

This first video covers our finalist selection for Casey Manufacturer Of The Year 2010.

This second video includes both the finalist and winner videos for the Casey Business and Professional Services Award 2010.

This third video was prepared to cover our win as Casey Business Of The Year for 2010.

We have found the City Of Casey to be a very supportive environment for local businesses and are pleased to be working with them now as a member of the Casey Economic Development Partnership.

Ray Keefe has been developing high quality and market leading electronics products in Australia for nearly 30 years.  For more information go to his LinkedIn profile at Ray Keefe. This post is Copyright © 2011  Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

Melbourne’s South East Business Awards Finalists 2011

In Melbourne’s South East Business of the Year Finalists we let you know that we were nominated as finalists for the inaugural Melbourne’s South East Business Awards. Last night we attended the awards and found out the rest of the details.

We were selected as finalists for 2 categories:

  • Small Business Award
  • Business of the Year – Overall Business Excellence Award

On the night the process was explained to us.  The Councils each put forward either the businesses that were winners of their own local Business Awards or else selected businesses they believed were worthy of winning in the award categories.  The submissions were prepared by the businesses and forwarded by the councils.  A independent committee formed for the purpose then went through those submissions and nominated the finalists. So the first interesting thing I learnt is that our nomination as a finalist came from an independent committee and was not automatic. So that is a win in itself.  We also didn’t know how many finalists there were until the night.  For the categories we were in, there were 10 finalists for the Small Business Award and 9 finalists for the Business of the Year – Overall Business Excellence Award.

There were businesses from 10 councils competing in the awards. Collectively the region of Melbourne’s South East is enormous and on the night some basic facts and figures were presented by Jan Kronberg MLC about the Melbourne’s South East region:

  • It houses 58% of the population of Melbourne
  • It creates 49% of Melbourne’s Gross Regional Product
  • It is the heart of Australian Manufacturing
  • There are over 220,000 businesses
  • Manufacturing is still the main employer
  • Overall, manufacturing as a contributor to GDP has halved since 2000

I already knew that it was the primary manufacturing zone for Australia but I wasn’t aware that half of all the value created in Melbourne happened in our region. That makes it very important that we keep manufacturing going strong.  To this end we heard some encouraging rhetoric about how the Victorian Government was committed to that outcome.  One point made was that Victoria is the only State Government with a Manufacturing Minister and Richard Dalla-Riva MLC is responsible for that. For all our sakes I am hoping that we are going to see some Big “L” Leadership in this area. You don’t see countries like Japan or Germany allowing their industries to go unsupported and while I do agree that there are some things we shouldn’t try and compete in here, there are a lot of products that Australia is ideally placed to produce and export.

City Of Casey

City Of Casey

Businesses based in the City of Casey had the largest number of finalists so that is also an excellent affirmation of how proactive and effective the team at the Casey Economic Development Department has been in support and encouraging local businesses. We have certainly benefited from their help. Our congratulations also go out to the other City of Casey businesses that were selected as finalists:

Overall there were 53 finalists nominated and we received 2 of those nominations. The Engineer in me couldn’t help but notice that 53 / 220,000 = 0.024% and since we had 2 nominations we are in the top 0.012% of businesses in Melbourne’s South East. But then we were selected as one of the top 9 businesses overall and so 9 / 220,000 = 0.004%! Given how many excellent businesses there are in the Melbourne’s South East region we feel very encouraged to be recognised at this level.

The councils involved in the Melbourne’s South East (MSE) region are:

  • Cardinia Shire Council
  • City of Casey
  • City of Greater Dandenong
  • City of Kingston
  • Frankston City Council
  • Knox City Council
  • Monash City Council
  • Maroondah City Council
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire
  • Whitehorse City Council

We also appreciate the support we receive from the Berwick Village Chamber of Commerce.

Ray Keefe has been developing high quality and market leading electronics products in Australia for nearly 30 years.  For more information go to his LinkedIn profile at Ray Keefe. This post is Copyright © 2011  Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

The most recent edition of Casey inBusiness Magazine featured Successful Endeavours on the front cover.

Casey inBusiness Magazine 44

Casey inBusiness Magazine #44

It is not often you make it onto the front cover of a magazine so that is pretty exciting for us.

We are also very appreciative of the support we have had from the City of Casey.  They are very proactive in supporting local businesses and we see a large number of businesses within Casey that benefit from that support. This is a great place to be running a business from.
Below is a list of the industry sectors they are supporting in order of turnover based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2008 figures collated by AEC Group:

  • Manufacturing
  • Retail Trade
  • Construction
  • Property and Business Services
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Education
  • Health and Community Services
  • Transport and Storage
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Personal and other Services
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
  • Cultural and Recreational Services
  • Communication Services
  • Government Administration and Defence
  • Accommodation, Cafes & Restaurants
  • Mining
  • Electricity, Gas and Water Supply

That is a very diverse range of enterprises to be supporting and reflects Casey’s position on the boundary between rural Gippsland and intensive manufacturing zones in South East Melbourne Innovation Precinct also known as SEMIP. There is a very strong Manufacturing base in South East Melbourne where many of our clients are based. Australian Manufacturing is larger in turnover than mining and Melbourne is the biggest Manufacturing city in Australia.

Ray Keefe has been developing high quality and market leading electronics and embedded software products in Australia for nearly 30 years.  For more information go to his LinkedIn profile. This post is Copyright © Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

Casey Business Awards

The City Of Casey are holding there inaugural Casey Business Awards and at the Casey Business Breakfast this morning Successful Endeavours were nominated as finalists in 2 categories.

Casey Business Awards

The 2 Casey Business Awards categories are:

  • Manufacturer Of The Year
  • Business and Professional Services

We fall into the Business And Professional Services category with our Electronics and Embedded Software development services where we design products for Australian Electronics Manufacturers  so they can achieve Low Cost Electronics Manufacture in Australia at a good profit margin.

The Manufacturer Of The Year award category recognises that for some of our clients, we also manufacture the product the product and delivered to them programmed, tested and calibrated; ready to sell.  This includes products like a DNP3 enabled power controller product for the US Smart Grid market which is made right here in Berwick as well as the Award Winning Borgtech CPL2 Corrosion Protection Data Logger with Wireless Data Logging.

It was an honour to be recognised by our city council together with other small business owners in the City Of Casey, a municipality in the outer south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.  We will find out who the winners are on Friday 27th August at the Casey Business Awards gala dinner.

Cranbourne News 5th August 2010 Best in Business

 Ray Keefe has been developing high quality and market leading electronics products in Australia for nearly 30 years.  For more information go to his LinkedIn profile. This post is Copyright  Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

We have been pretty busy so far this year preparing several new products for both the Australian and International markets including an advanced DNP3 enabled power controller for the American Smart Grid initiative.  So it was a pleasant interruption to this when we received news that our local Council wanted to run a feature on us for their business magazine.

City Of Casey

The City Of Casey In Business Magazine recently featured Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd following our national recognition with 2 national awards in the technical areas of Analogue Electronics Design and the use of Electronics Design Software in bringing advanced Electronics products quickly to market.

Check out what the City Of Casey have to say about us in this extract from their In Business Magazine, “Casey Electronics Business Wins Innovation Awards“.  You can see the full In Business Magazine here City Of Casey In Business Magazine which not only has an article on Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd but also on another local company, Paint Tek.  Paint-Tek is run by a good friend of ours and they specialise in custom surface coatings and treatments.  Ross also runs Can-Tek who specialise in pre-gassed aerosol cans, contract aerosol packing  and a range of water and solvent based aerosols in retail, commercial and industrial grades.

You can check out the full story on all our awards at Successful Endeavours awards.

It was an honour to be recognised by our city council together with other small business owners in the City of Casey, a municipality in the outer south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

Ray Keefe has been developing high quality and market leading electronics products in Australia for nearly 30 years.  For more information go to his LinkedIn profile. This post is Copyright  © Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.