A four-year-old IT and training company that employs 17 staff members in Adelaide has beaten a pack of small businesses from the retail, service and manufacturing industries around the country to win Australia’s first Small Business Champion Entrepreneur award.Company owner Ly Lim beat a “fiercely competitive field” of more than 600 entrants to secure the title — which is sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank and the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources — adding it to a growing list of awards for the company including the South Australian Small Business Champion gong in September, according to Knowledge Plus.
The award recognises the IT company for actively promoting its successful approach to business-building through the Knowledge Plus Small Business Leverage Program, a Federal Government-backed initiative that aligns small business owners with experienced business executives.
More than 300 South Australian companies participate in the Knowledge Plus Small Business Leverage Program, which provides business owners and managers with access to resources, events and learning opportunities to build to their businesses more effectively, according to Knowledge Plus.
Established in 2003, Knowledge Plus has grown to turnover $2 million a year, and has achieved an average annual growth rate of more than 100 per cent over the past four years.
|Lim’s IT training book, Small Pebble Big Ripple.|
Knowledge Plus provides IT services, learning and development services and business process solutions for customers including BAE Systems, Bianco Building Supplies, Caroma Industries, Inghams Enterprises, Korvest, Origin Energy and Tonkin Consulting.
The company is also a Gold Partner for Microsoft and Mitel, and owner Lim has written a business-building handbook, Small Pebble Big Ripple.
“Everyone I spoke to at the awards ceremony referred to SA as the ‘sleeping giant’,” said Lim.
“This win generates a positive message for our State because it shows we are an Australian leader. It is also a vote of confidence for companies that are participating in our Small Business Leverage Program.”
The company’s website is at www.knowledgeplus.com.au