State-wide transport company named WA Business of the Year

Media Release, 25 July 2013

A state-wide bus and coach network, which was launched by a former Australian Army soldier with the purchase of a single bus, has been named the 2013 Telstra Western Australian Business of the Year.

The Malaga-based ADAMS Group now employs 131 people operating across four different transport divisions, including coachlines and a mining service which delivers personnel to remote mine sites throughout WA.

The award was presented by the Deputy Premier, the Hon Dr Kim Hames MLA; Minister for Health, and Telstra CEO, David Thodey, at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre this evening.

The ADAMS Group, which also took out the Medium Business Award, was founded in 2005 by Adam Barnard who combined his mechanical and logistical skills gained in the army, along with tourism insights gleaned as a guide operating backpacker tours.

The fleet of 88 vehicles now operates across all facets of transport including providing services for the government and tourism sectors, as well as, schools and corporate events. The ADAMS Group is the only business in Western Australia's charter industry to run a fully equipped Operations Control Centre using GPS to track its fleet and ensure quality customer services.

Adam attributes much of the Group’s success to his company’s values which focus on honesty, integrity and trust between employees, clients, the community and other stakeholders.

“The business has been based on raising the standards of road safety and service in the passenger transport industry, which is predominantly unregulated and historically featured high competition and low standards,” he said.

“We’re also committed to ensuring the viability of the industry through development of more appropriate long term contracting and pricing practices.”

Other winners in the Telstra WA Business Awards included Bedford-based NPB Security which has grown in just three years to become the state’s biggest security provider with a contracted workforce in excess of 800 people.

MUWAY CONSTRUCTIONS, from Fitzroy Crossing, won both the Small Business Award and Regional Award for its success in establishing a viable remote construction company which also trains local communities in valued trade skills while the Micro Business Award was won by Subiaco’s StepBeyond Business Advisors.

Will Irving, Telstra Business Group Managing Director and Ambassador for the Telstra Australian Business Awards, said the ADAMS Group was a great example of an entrepreneurial Western Australian business with strong management structure and operational control.

“Judges were impressed with the innovative business approach of the ADAMS Group and its strong use of technology across all facets of operations,” he said.

“The business has enjoyed rapid growth with a clear focus on diversity of earnings and multiple future growth opportunities.”

The Telstra Australian Business Awards were launched in 1992 to recognise the achievements of small and medium businesses and to share their growth ideas and strategies in a way that benefits the wider business community.

“We are thrilled each year to learn about businesses that innovate, persevere and thrive, even through tough economic conditions, and I encourage West Australians to nominate businesses now for the 2014 awards,” Mr Irving said.

The winners of the 2013 Telstra Western Australia Business Awards announced tonight at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre are:

Telstra Western Australian Business of the Year

ADAMS Group, Malaga

Start-Up Award

NPD Security, Bedford
A rapidly growing newcomer, NPD Security provides the crowd control, static guards and mobile patrol services across a range of scenarios including night clubs, construction sites and sporting events. Judges recognised the quality service and growth trajectory of the business and applauded its good employee ethos that offered good benefits and appropriate training development for staff.

Micro Business Award

Step Beyond Business Advisors, Subiaco
The consultancy works with social service and environmental organisations and communities to develop strategies and practical plans that move beyond traditional compliance and profit-driven models, to build strong and resilient communities. Judges were impressed with how the business provided value for money, compared with competitors, and gained trusted advisor status, noting its strong business plan which extended over 20 to 30 years.

Small Business Award

The shared vision of Broome builder Karl Plunkett and Bunuba member and spokesperson, Joe Ross, has come to fruition through MUWAY CONSTRUCTIONS which provides government and private clients with on the ground, ready to build teams for remote construction projects. Judges said the business had shown self determination and contributed to the future health of remote communities through skills development, including plumbing, electrical and carpentry trades, and profit sharing.

Medium Business Award

ADAMS Group, Malaga

Regional Award

Muway Constructions, Fitzroy Crossing

Winners of the Telstra Western Australian Business Awards will be judged against category winners from other states and territories in the lead up to the national Telstra Australian Business Awards to be announced in Sydney on 22 August. Winners of the 2013 Awards will share in more than $500,000 in cash and business products, which is split among state, territory and national winners.

For more information about the Award winners, or to nominate for the 2014 Telstra Australian Business Awards, visit the Telstra Business Awards website.