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Award Nominees

  • Verve Portraits (City of Yarra Nominee)

    Verve Portraits (City of Yarra Nominee)

    Verve is Australia's leading brand in portrait photography. This rapidly growing and exciting brand specialises in cutting edge family photography. The Verve style captures the spirit and energy of children and families, to create stunning pieces of contemporary artwork.

    2006 saw Verve open its first state-of-the-art studio in Swan Street, Richmond and within 12 months the second studio in Surrey Hills was up and running.

    2009 was a massive year for Verve Portraits. The small business last year grew by a massive 70%. this included a move into the Sydney market and the opening of a purpose designed Production and Head Office facility in Abbotsford (Marine Parade). This growth cemented Verve Portraits dream of creating the leading family portrait brand in Australasia.

    The company has recently been recognised by BRW magazine, who featured Verve Portraits on the illustrious "2010 FAST STARTERS LIST", in which Verve debuted at number 44 on the list.

    2010 will see Verve grow even more across Australia, but the brands main operations and bulk of its almost 60 staff members will always belong in the City of Yarra, where it all began.

  • Combo (City of Yarra Nominee)

    Combo (City of Yarra Nominee)

    Combo is one of Melbourne's leading IT service providers for companies with 15 to 150 computers.

    They remove the need for in house IT staff and so halve the cost of support.

    With remote support tools, their service is demonstrably better than the limitations of any in house individual.

    Hence their growth from $0.5 million to over $3 million turnover in just 4 years.

    Combo has never taken its eyes off the goal of outstanding customer service.

  • Eco Organics (City of Whittlesea Nominee)

    Eco Organics (City of Whittlesea Nominee)

    Eco Organics is an Australian owned manufacturer and national wholesaler of environmentally sustainable products. They are located in Epping, Victora and currently employ six people.

    Their business uses natural microbial technology for organic food waste recycling. All their applications lead to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    Apart from growth in their current domestic and commercial streams, they continue to investigate new, efficient and sustainable applications for larger scall food waste recycling capabilities.

    Eco Organics obtained exclusive rights to import an end to end recycling system that is capable of processing up large amounts of organic food waste in 24 hours, converting it to carbon and nutrient rich concentrated fertilizer. Eco Organics predicts that with the successful implementation of this system, business grwoth would quadruple within 2 years.

  • Donnybrook Farmhouse Cheese (City of Whittlesea Nominee)

    Donnybrook Farmhouse Cheese (City of Whittlesea Nominee)

    Born out of 5 generations of artisan cheese making, the Monteleone family migrated to Australia in 1968 to pursue a dream and produce farmhouse traditional cheeses.

    They began humbly milking 4 cows on a hobby farm, now days they have 200 cows and produce 23 different cheeses in an export standard factory utilising organic methods of farming.

    Diversification has seen the business head toward tourism and value adding. The on farm shop has brought a slice of country to the city. Visitors are encouraged to taste their award winning cheeses or can enjoy a full meal in the newly opened restaurant.

    The business prides itself on good old fashion customer service delivered in a family friendly atmosphere. Factory tours and cheese appreciation presentations are made on a weekly basis to the many bus groups and schools that visit from all over Victoria.

NBAA 5 March 2019

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