Being part of the Telstra Awards was an intensive and valuable exercise. It gave us the opportunity to revisit where we have come from and focus on all of our great achievements since our beginnings in 2007. This is something many business owners don’t specifically put time aside to do but even in hectic times it pays to have a look back and ponder your achievements.
The official awards dinner was on Friday the 27th of July. We were so excited to be in a room full of really great small businesses all celebrating their hard work, dedication and success! We had nearly our entire team there for the big gala and it was great to spend a fabulous night out with everyone.
It was exciting to see how many of the finalists in all categories were family run businesses – we always knew Canberra had an abundance of businesses run by families but this really came to light as each finalist thanked their family members for being a part of their business success.
A big thanks from HRMWEB goes to all of our friends, family, clients, partners and supporters. It’s been a great ride up until now and we can only see good things to come as our business grows, our client list grows and we scale up to get ready for what’s coming over the next couple years.
See the photos from our big night out, read some of the great messages of support we received and hear the words we would have spoken had we been given an opportunity to get up on the big stage and thank all of the people responsible for our success!
We didn’t take out the winner’s prize this year but we so proud to be seen in the same light as all of the Telstra finalists. The businesses who won our categories were truly amazing and we were happy to see them up on stage being honoured by Telstra for their hard work and dedication and the success of their business.
Even though we didn’t get the opportunity to get up on the big stage and thank all those who have helped with our success we thought it would be a great idea to share some of the words our CEO, Michael Hazilias, would have spoken:
“…. a big thank you has to go to our clients who like us are working so hard to build something special for themselves and their customers. We are so proud to be working with such a great range of businesses from small to medium to large chains within retail, hospitality, health care, manufacturing, construction, security and many more. Working with such diverse clients has given us valuable experiences and knowledge that has helped us to be successful. Seeing our easyEMPLOYER software solution working to help them manage their staff, make their lives easier and give them back their valuable time to spend on what they want to be doing… that’s what truly makes our day.
Thank you to my Mum and Dad for believing in our business so much they put everything they own on the line for us. Building a product based business around a sophisticated, state of the art product like easyEMPLOYER takes time and money and the payoff is sometimes so far in the distance you can’t see it. They were always able to share our vision and having family funding meant we could build our business on our terms… and that is priceless.
Having a ‘family business’ – we have two sets of siblings working in the business – is also something that we are very proud of. Working with family is something that is as rewarding as it is difficult… there are many family businesses in this room tonight who are dealing with unique circumstances and the sensitivities that come with working with people you love. We are appreciative for having a great organisation like Family Business Australia to help us surround ourselves with other great family businesses… and together we can all support each other.
A special mention goes to our partners – Rowena, Megan, Erin, Elva, Cath, and Alex – it’s important we get the support coming from home and I hope you all know how appreciative we are of this.
Finally, the most important thanks has to go to the people who hang out at the HRMWEB offices every day. Without them we could not have created such a great team, a great product and a great business. To James, Irene, Phil, Mick, Kristian, Rick, Alex and our newest team member Syed – I’d like to say something that could properly convey our appreciation, the value you bring to the business, your consistent dedication and hard work, and the comfort of knowing you guys will always deliver the goods… but I don’t think it’s possible to sum it up in one or two sentences but I hope you always remember that you are the engine room of our business….”
We had a great night out surrounded by fabulous business owners. It was a great opportunity for us all to take time out from our business and celebrate our success:
HRMWEB receiving our finalist award for the “Small Business of the Year” category.
The HRMWEB Team – minus Mick (who is in China) and Alex (who was away interstate).
Getting our official photo taken.
Thanks to everyone who sent messages of support to us on the night of the Awards dinner. Here are just a few of those great messages:
James and Team at HRMWEB, Best wishes and good luck for the awards, you guys have done an amazing job of growing your business over the last 12 months. – Tony Ozanne
Massive thank you, HRMWEB for the donation. Couldn’t have gotten as far without it! Thank you also for the outstanding work you do in the community. – Pat O’Brien
Michael and Irene, we are incredibly proud of you and the team at HRMWEB. Your dedication is matched only by your amazing achievements. Love Mum and Dad. – Gisela Hazilias
Congratulations on your innovation and ingenuity are being recognised-well deserved success. – Katrina & Malcolm Wybrow
HRMWEB have developed awesome software. Use it to save you time and money. Simple really. – David Caldwell
Well done to the HRMWEB team, well deserved! – Jeremy Biggs
HRMWEB are a wonderful company. Having watched the business closely for 4 years; I know how hard the team works and they are worthy of any recognition. Best! – Geoff Olds
Family Business Australia congratulates one of its members, HRMWEB, on being a Telstra Australian Business Awards finalist. What a great example of a family run business success. – Family Business Australia
Congrats & good luck HRMWEB – you have all come so far & I’m sure you will go much further due to your hard work, dedication and extensive industry knowledge. – Megan Edwards