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Smart50 Awards 2015

Fresh faces honoured in Smart50 class of 2015

Above: The team behind Just for Pets A host of new faces join the Smart50 Awards this year, with a majority of 2015’s finalists appearing on the list of the fastest growing Australian SMEs for the first time. This year’s Smart50 features 33 businesses that have made it on the list for the first time,

Back yourself and just get started: 10 lessons from this year’s Smart50

Above: the team from costumes.com.au Backing your big ideas and empowering employees are just two of the ways you too could find yourself among Australia’s fastest-growing SMEs. Each year the Smart50 contains a wealth of knowledge from some of the smartest innovators, marketers and retailers around. With this in mind, here are 10 lessons from

Community Hero: My Cube Australia

Name: My Cube Australia Smart50 Award: Community Hero (joint winner) Revenue: $935,572 Growth: 58.75% Founder: Stanley Hsu Based: Queensland Year founded: 2010 Employees: 147 Industry: Retail Website: mycubeshop.com.au The joint winner of this year’s Smart50 Community Hero award is My Cube Australia, a relatively new business in Queensland that is pioneering the concept of providing

Top Digital Innovator: Pureprofile

Name: Pureprofile Smart50 Award: Top Digital Innovator Revenue: $21.72 million Growth: 33.85% Founder: Paul Chan Head office: Sydney Year founded: 2000 Employees: 147 Industry: Communications and marketing Website: pureprofile.com Pureprofile is a consumer insights and technology company based in Sydney that rewards people for sharing their views on certain products. The business turns over more

50. Booktopia

Name:Booktopia Smart50 Rank: 50 Revenue: $51.9 million Growth: 91% Founders: Tony Nash, 52, Simon Nash and Steve Traurig Head office: Lidcombe, NSW Year founded: 2004 Employees: 103 Industry: Retail and consumer products Website: booktopia.com.au The founders ofonline retailer Booktopia were introduced to the book industry when they were working on a job to improve the

49. IE

Name: IE Smart50 Rank: 49 Revenue: $11.3 million Growth: 97% Founders: Rhys Hayes, 34, and James Turle Head office: Victoria Year founded: 2001 Employees: 91 Industry: Information and communication technology Website: ie.com.au From their early days starting out in a garage during the dotcom boom of the early 2000s, the founders of digital consulting company

48. Chilli Promotions

Name: Chilli Promotions Smart50 Rank: 48 Revenue: $5.8 million Growth: 98.93% Founders:Andy Galbally, 45 Head office: Victoria Year founded: 2002 Employees: 17 Industry: Promotional products Website: chillipromotions.com.au Much like the chilli plant, Andy Galbally’s promotional products business Chilli Promotions is resilient. The Chilli Promotions founder says his business has certainly seen its share of heated

47. Wicked Witch Software

Name: Wicked Witch Software Smart50 Rank: 47 Revenue: $3.7 million Growth: 110.36% Founders: Daniel Visser, 39 Head office: Victoria Year founded: 1999 Employees: 40 Industry: Games Website: wicked-witch.com.au About five years ago Wicked Witch Software went through an especially tough patch after a project it was counting on fell through, leaving the company having to

46. Coreplus

Name: Coreplus Smart50 Rank: 46 Revenue: $1.46 million Growth: 115.01% Founders: John (Yianni) Serpanos, 43, Mark James Pirotta and Tony Pirotta Head office: Victoria Year founded: 2009 Employees: 15 Industry: Healthcare Website: coreplus.com.au The team at Coreplus experienced early on an interesting example of the type of tactic competitors are willing to use against a

45. Clean Business Services

Name: Clean Business Services Smart50 Rank: 45 Revenue: $4.4 million Growth: 115.41% Founders: Victor Lopes, 49, Antonio Cerqueira and Alan Serebro Head office: New South Wales Year founded: 1996 Employees: 40 Industry: Commercial Cleaning Website: gavsgroup.com.au Profitability checks, cost control and stringent staff training are all crucial parts of the formula which has kept Clean

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