Three times Absolute Tiling Solutions managing director Marco Fahd climbed the stage to accept Parramatta Business Chamber awards and three times he paid tribute to his family and staff.
Mr Fahd made special mention of his father and the advice he had given him over the years.
The Prospect-based businessman picked up three awards at the Western Sydney Awards in Business Excellence; his category, Young Entrepreneur of the Year and the grand prize for Business of the Year.
The team at Absolute Tiling Solution Group of Companies has been dynamic in the Australian tiling industry for more than 15 years.
The business now employs more than 80 people Australia wide and works with some 150 industry-compliant tiling sub-contractors.
They stake their reputation as a market leader predominantly on their ability to provide superior tiling solutions at competitive prices, without any compromise in quality.
“We take great pride in being a one stop shop for our clients, providing a full range of services for what are, in the main, high capital investment projects,” Mr Fahd said.
To maintain this position of repute, they source the bests stone quarries and tile manufactures from overseas, and utilise the latest technologies available in their industry.
Mr Fahd said his team’s main competitive advantage was “based on the nature in which our business operations are structured by having built up strong direct supply relationships’’.
‘‘We import our stone and tiles from abroad directly we are thus able to save intermediary costs, such as storage and insurances, passing-on these savings on to our clients.
‘‘We also have our own manufacturing plants established abroad, allowing us to quickly satisfy orders for tiles of any specification, colour, texture or quantity.”
Grab a copy of the November PS Magazine for more about the WSABE awards.
Other winners of WSABE awards were:
Judith McDonald: Dive Action/Scuba Warehouse - Businesswoman of the Year
Scuba Warehouse has been in the business of training divers for 20 years. Since 1982 Scuba Warehouse has offered diving on the cutting edge, arranging dive expeditions for the adventurous.
Owner and veteran diver, Judith McDonald has steered the company through the vicissitudes of global economics to remain a unique and successful business. The judges were impressed by her willingness and ability to continue to change with the economic conditions as the business has been in changing with advances in dive technology and the shifts in customer demands.
Paul Maher: Loxley on Bellbird Hill - Entrepreneur of the Year
For Paul Maher, a relentless pursuit of excellence is the key to Loxley on Bellbird Hill being a multi-award-winning, world-class function centre and resort. Nestled in an historic property, Loxley is situated in the foothills on the Grand Tour Drive of the World Heritage Listed National Park, overlooking the magnificent Hawkesbury Valley to the Sydney Basin and beyond.
Renna Danelutti: Mind to Body - Female Entrepreneur of the Year
’Candle Chef’ and CEO of Mind to Body™ proprietor Renna Danelutti, made her first candle at the age of one. After many years of research and product development, she then combined her love and passion for candles, aromatherapy and natural and organic ingredients into one innovative product. Ms Danelutti said, ‘‘I believe the secret lies within my recipe that the mind and body must work together in harmony to balance our wellbeing; hence the creation of Mind to Body.’’
Vanessa Cullen: Forward Thinking Design - Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year
Vanessa Cullen is the owner, and principal, of Forward Thinking Design. She holds a bachelor of design (Hons) from UNSW, a postgraduate diploma in museum studies from Deakin University and is recognised professionally as an Accredited Member of the Design Institute of Australia. Forward Thinking Design provides interior fit out design for restaurants, retail, clubs, and health and commercial premises. Services range from experiential concept and brand design through architectural construction documentation and project management. Vanessa’s vision for her business is to become industry leaders whilst maintaining exemplary ethics, service and highly effective creative solutions.
Mind to Body - Excellence in Export
Loxley on Bellbird Hill - Excellence in Sustainability in a Business Not in the Environmental Industry
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Condon Associates chartered accounting practices - Excellence in Finance and Insurance Products & Services
Ability Options Limited - Excellence in Community Service
Brand Manager Pty Ltd - Excellence in Starting a New Business
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CC Business Solutions - Highly Commended in Excellence in Sole Trading
Endeavour Foundation - Highly Commended in Excellence in Manufacturing
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Pacific Hoists Pty Ltd - Excellence in Manufacturing
More Than Curtains - Excellence in Sole Trading
Parramatta Accountants & Tax Agents Pty Ltd - Highly Commended in Excellence in Professional Services
Parramatta Mission - Excellence in Community Services
Strawberry Cottage Boutique - Highly Commended in Excellence in Retail
Sunny Patch Preparation School - Highly Commended Community Service