With nominations flowing in from across the nation, narrowing down our top ten finalists for this year’s Australia’s Favourite Family Business competition was no easy feat.
Kochie’s Business Builders editor Cec Busby said it was heartwarming to see the vast number of passionate family businesses in operation in Australia, especially during such a challenging time.
“Australia’s family businesses have had to show particular ingenuity and resilience to survive and thrive during the pandemic. I tip my hat to all our finalists for their ability to continue to serve up businesses with passion and purpose. There are outstanding businesses amongst our finalists, some with decades-long history and others that are relatively new to the family business game. All of them however share the same commitment it takes to be a success.
“With the top ten decided, it is now time for our readers to cast their vote and tell us who is Australia’s Favourite Family Business?”
Now it’s time to reveal which businesses will be vying for the top honour.
Meet the top ten
AFEA CARE SERVICE
Founder Esha Oberoi found her calling at the age of 24 whilst working as a carer in a nursing home. Her experience whilst working there sparked the idea for a compassionate care service that would redefine the experiences of the vulnerable in our community. Today her family-run business facilitates home carers for over 750 families and also offers disability support. Esha is pictured with her mother, her first employee 13 years ago, and one of AFEA’s happy clients
Gippsland soft drink business AYGEE has faced some David and Goliath battles since founder Arch Graham first launched the syrup company in the 1950s, including a landmark battle against Coca-Cola. The business has now been in continuous operation for 70 years and is beloved by locals.
THE COMPASSIONATE KITCHEN
Born from the desire to create cruelty-free versions of all the conventional, traditional, home-baked favourites, The Compassionate Kitchen is an artisan desserts and savouries company based in Melbourne that is plant-based, ethical and sustainable. A dedication to positive change and a better future for all living beings is what motivates this family business.
EARP DISTILLING CO.
EARP Bros was first established in 1883 by George Frederick Earp and for more than 136 years (6 generations) the company has adapted and evolved as purveyors of quality goods. The latest incarnation of the business is a distilling company founded by brothers Michael and Richard. Based in Newcastle, EARP Distilling Co. has become a destination for locals and visitors.
This WA institution has been bottling the good stuff for over 40 years. Originally a passion project for the late Ian Tyrer. Theses days Ian’s widow Linda, daughter Kim and her husband Nigel Rowe are at the helm and continue to produce the vineyards award-winning drop.
MAJESTIC WHALE ENCOUNTERS
Sisters Carmen and Sarah’s shared passion for nature has evolved into an eco-tourism business whose sole purpose is to take guests on an experience of a lifetime. Whether that’s free-diving with humpback whales or trekking with gorillas in Rwanda, Majestic Whale Tours delivers a world-class tourism experience.
MY CREATIVE BOX
Mother of three, Leanne Papadopoulos, was looking for a way to engage her children’s imagination when she came up with the idea for My Creative Box. Her plan: to bring the joy of learning back into homes around the world by creating age-appropriate, fun and engaging activities that families could use to share special moments connecting with their kids.
SUE ISMIEL AND DAUGHTERS
Sue Ismiel & Daughters is a family-owned and run company, with a global reputation. Founded in 1992 by Sue, the brand’s most well-known product is Nad’s a natural, no heat, hair removal formula created by Sue from all-natural ingredients for her young daughter. Today Sue and her three daughters; Nadine, Natalie and Naomi, represent and manage the company’s expanded brands.
TEA TREE GULLY VET
Helmed by Dr Mark Reeve, Tea Tree Gully Vet has been a family vet practice since 1983. The business was originally run by Mark’s parents, with Mark taking over the practice in 2003. The practice has been servicing the Adelaide community for 37 years.
Zea Relief is an Australian family business that has developed a natural range of Australian Kunzea products and pure essential oils. With over 25 years of experience in the natural health and wellness industry, the Brass family has established long-standing relations with essential oil producers throughout Australia and the world. This led to them developing their own range of premium, therapeutic-quality essential oils.