THE Brisbane Broncos are used to winning on the rugby league field, but this year they came up trumps in the field of business, taking out the Corporate Citizenship Award in the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s business Awards.
Brisbane Broncos received the coveted Clayton Utz Award for Corporate Citizenship in front of a capacity crowd at Brisbane City Hall on October 30. It was an unusual honour for the Broncos, being recognised by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk for the club’s devotion to the betterment of the Brisbane community.
The Brisbane Broncos’ recognition was part of the annual celebration of local businesses and individuals who contributed to Brisbane’s $146 billion economy and the community, Cr Quirk said.
“The Brisbane Broncos go beyond just being a football club and are an integral part of the Brisbane community,” Cr Quirk said.
“They were recognised for their various corporate citizenship initiatives that they have carried out in the community, especially their charity programs such as Brisbane Broncos Charity Fund and Beyond the Broncos Program.
“The Broncos continue to align themselves with their core values, going above and beyond for not only the external community, but for their staff and members.”
Don Meij from Domino’s Pizza Enterprises also reigned supreme at the awards this year, receiving Channel 7’s Business Person of the Year Award, especially acknowledging his drive that has taken the brand international from its Brisbane headquarters.
“This award recognises Don for his outstanding contribution to Domino’s national and global success,” Cr Quirk said.
“Don has been with Domino’s since 1987, when he was 17, and has grown with the company, maintaining continuous commitment to innovation, food-quality improvement and giving back to the Brisbane community.”
Cook Medical Australia, the world’s largest privately-owned medical device company, was also recognised for its unprecedented success in expanding into the Asian market with the HSBC Award for Doing Business in Asia.
Cr Quirk said that this year marked a significant milestone for the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards, as they celebrated their 10th anniversary.
“Over the past decade we have witnessed exciting growth and transformation in Brisbane as it has become the city of choice for business, investment, study, conventions and leisure in the Asia Pacific,” Cr Quirk said.
“As Australia’s new world city, Brisbane is home to a dynamic and entrepreneurial business community, whose members we are proud to recognise at the awards tonight.
“A huge thank-you also goes to our sponsors including Optus, ANZ, Singapore Airlines, HSBC, Channel 7, Brisbane Times, Australia TradeCoast, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, Clayton Utz, Energex, RemServ, Sirromet, BDO, 4BC, Brisbane City Council and Chameleon.”
Winners of Brisbane’s 2015 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards were:
ANZ Made in Brisbane Award for High-Growth Business Start-up – Tow.com.au. Special mention: Minteraltec Industries.
HSBC Award for Doing Business in Asia and Optus Platinum Award – Cook Medical Australia. Special mentions: Australian Country Choice and Tangalooma Island Resort.
Singapore Airlines Award for Young Business Person of the Year – Scott Young, Young Guns Container Crew.
Channel 7 Business Person of the Year – Don Meij, Domino’s Pizza Enterprises.
Brisbane Times Award for Business Innovation – Heat Treatment (Qld) Pty Ltd T/A Heat Treatment Australia.
Australia TradeCoast Award for Small Business Growth – PharmaData.
Port of Brisbane Award for New Investment – Mineraltec Industries.
Clayton Utz Award for Corporate Citizenship – Brisbane Broncos. Special mention: Stephen Dibb Jewellery.
Energex Award for Sustainability in Business – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
RemServ Award for Digital Strategy – Brisbane Airport Corporation. Special mentions: Dental Members Australia and Record Holdings.