Media Release, 06 September 2019

Sustainable bandages wrap up 2019 Telstra Victorian Business of the Year 

Friday 6 September 2019: A Cheltenham-based business that has created a range of all-natural bandages which are sold to 35 countries has been named the 2019 Telstra Victorian Business of the Year.

Inspired by his son’s sensitivity to typical bandages, Nutricare founder and CEO James Dutton set out to create a natural product that is sustainable, environmentally conscious and cost-effective.

“We want to change the consumer health market for the better by delivering a natural, sensitive-skin-safe and environmentally friendly alternative to wound care,” Mr Dutton said.

The business created PATCH – a range of organic bandages made from 100 per cent bamboo, enriched with aloe vera, coconut oil and activated charcoal.

Already sold to 35 countries and servicing an innovative gap in the health care market, the bandages are fully compostable, plastic-free and suitable for all skin types.

Nutricare also took home the 2019 Telstra Victorian Emerging & Energised Award.

The Telstra Business Awards are a long standing, exclusive platform that recognise Australia’s best businesses, provide expert advice, open networking opportunities and help them gain the credibility to take their business to the next level.

Winners were chosen across four categories: Emerging & Energised, Small & Succeeding, Medium & Making Waves, and Social Change Maker.

Telstra Group Executive, Consumer & Small Business, Michael Ackland, said the winners of the 2019 Telstra Victorian Business Awards demonstrated excellence across six key judging criteria, underpinned by a commitment to innovation and technology.

“The Victorian winners are shining examples of businesses doing great things in new and effective ways for their customers,” Mr Ackland said.

“They have inspired us all with their resilience, courage and incredible commitment.

“Nutricare was a standout winner. We were impressed by the business’ ability to take something as simple as bandages and transform it into an innovative global business. Mr Dutton has built a strong foundation and has the vision for his business to continue to grow from strength to strength.”

The other category winners of the 2019 Telstra Victorian Business Awards are:

  • Online golf community, Future Golf, won the 2019 Telstra Victorian Small & Succeeding Award 
  • Specialist consultancy firm, TM Insight, won the 2019 Telstra Victorian Medium & Making Waves Award
  • Digital health technology company, Curve Tomorrow, won the 2019 Telstra Victorian Social Change Maker Award

All 2019 Victorian winners will join other state and territory category winners at the national 2019 Telstra Australian Business Awards in Melbourne on Thursday 21 November 2019.

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Media contact:

Matt Smithson, Telstra State Media Manager – Victoria & Tasmania
Reference number: 090/2019