Kochie’s Business Builders and Yellow Online have cast the net far and wide in the search to find Australia’s Favourite Family Business. Now, the hunt is over and it’s time to announce our ten finalists set to vie for the top honour.
With nominations flowing in from all over Australia, Kochie’s Business Builders editor Cec Busby said it was heartening to see the vast number of passionate family businesses in operation in Australia.
“There were some outstanding businesses nominating for the title of Australia’s Favourite Family Business. Cutting back the list to just ten was a difficult task. I think the nominees express the ingenuity and commitment it takes to make a success of a family business, and I take my hat off to all the finalists and the many more businesses that entered.
“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?”
Meet the top ten
Andrea and Mark Quinn have diversified their family vineyard to enter a niche tourism market with 8 Kangaroos. Capitalising on a true Australian icon, their wine bottle has earned design awards and captured the hearts of visitors from around the globe. Did we also mention it features wine from some of the nation’s best wine regions?
With drought a constant issue for this family of fourth-generation fruit growers, Paul and Kathy Prosser diversified their offering to encompass tourism alongside their range of fruit-based and chocolate products, which has proved a massive success for this small business.
Family flexibility and a love for the environment prompted mum Kayla Mosutto to found Crema Joe. Kayla’s desire to cutback consumption of single use coffee pods has resulted in a sustainable business that encourages consumers to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Third generation strawberry growers Jason and Kim Lewis welcome farm guests to pick produce fresh from their paddock, drink strawberry cider, eat strawberry inspired desserts and simply relax in their beautiful setting as they transform the family farm into a tourist destination.
Joonya Feelgood Nappies
Leanne and Rich Sexton believe parents shouldn’t have to sacrifice the health of their baby or the environment in order to afford a quality product. Joonya was born from their own frustration at an inability to find affordable eco-friendly nappies and wipes. Today the provide nappies for 100s of 1000s of Australians.
Matthews Real Estate
Founded by their great grandfather and grandfather in 1933, Matthew Real Estate has been helping Australians find their forever homes for over 80 years. Family values are at the core of this business with two generations of the family still hard at work in the biz.
Murphy & Daughters
Sarah Murphy’s bespoke bath and body products are ethically made in Australia with sustainably sourced ingredients. Run by Murphy and her daughters, the business draws inspiration from the Australian bush and pays homage to her heritage as a family of small business owners.
It was a passion for helping friends take control of their finances that led Doug Atkinson to set up his accounting business Peer Wealth. Joined by his three sons Ben, Tom and Michael, daughter Elle and wife Cathy, Peer Wealth is a true family affair.
Ronald Young & Co
After buying the business from friends in 2011, Lisa and Paul Burnell have never looked back. Ronald Young & Co Builders now has 16 staff including sons Oliver and Toby and is one of Tasmania’s oldest and most experienced residential building companies. It celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020.
Yelverton Brook Eco Retreat
Ecotourism Hall of Famer’s Joy & Simon Ensor’s passion for Australia’s flora and fauna was the impetus behind their Margaret River retreat. Founded in 1991 on a 100-acre block Yelverton Brook provides a sanctuary for people and wildlife.
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