On Thursday the 16th October 2014, the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry held its 21st edition of the annual Soirée de Gala, sponsored by Peugeot. For the third year running, the Chamber held the Business Awards, kindly sponsored by Etihad Airways. The long-anticipated announcement of the winners was held during the night of the Soirée.
The theme for the Business Awards was Innovation, today’s crucial source of business growth and served as an opportunity for all members to showcase their business achievements of 2013 to the French-Australian business community.
Within this theme the Chamber presented five separate categories: Patron Member, Corporate Member, Small Business, New Member and Community Contributor Award.
The objectives of the Business Awards 2014:
Patron Member Category
Winner of the 2014 Business Awards Most Innovative Patron Member
Case Study: Environmental Sustainability Initiatives within different sectors of the Group
About Suez Environnement
Advanced network solutions, Suez provides smart and reliable management solutions to make the best use of water and waste resources for towns, cities, businesses and industries. They currently supply seven million Australians with clean drinking water, divert 880,000 tonnes of waste from landfill, and enable the oil & gas sector to process resources in a sustainable and efficient way
Corporate Member Category
Veolia Australia & NZ
Winner of the 2014 Business Award for Most Innovative Corporate Member
Case Study: Goulburn Woodlawn Eco-Precinct Acuaculture Project
As a global leader in environmental solutions, Veolia works closely with all aspects of local government and some of Australia’s largest industrial and commercial companies to help them reach their sustainability goals; providing them with large-scale innovative water, energy and waste solutions. The company aims to replicate natural systems to solve man-made problems.
Small Business Member Category
Winner of the 2014 Business Award for Most Innovative Small Business Member
Case Study: Low Cost Cloud Solution Technology catering for Small Businesses
Maestrano is a cloud based platform that provides best of breed applications at an affordable price for small and medium businesses. Maestrano's founders are from the defence technology industry, where reliability and security are of paramount importance.
New Member Category
Winner of the 2014 Business Award for Most Innovative New Member
Case Study: Online rescue platform designed to give immediate access to individual health records in cases of emergency
Safe Mate is an online platform that saves lives. We have created the first personal eHealth Hub. Safe Mate partners with Lifeguards and Emergency Services to save 2 to 10 minutes during the Golden Hour (1hour after an accident).
Winner of the 2014 Business Award for Most Innovative Community Contributor
Case Study: Charity Website targeting Corporate Philanthropy through the use of social media, linking the community to business in order to drive charitable donations
Givematcher is backed by philanthropists who are committed to online fundraising being free. The organisation aims to help charities raise more funds while saving $ Millions in online fundraising costs and is a direct giving portal, which is used by hundreds of charities.
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