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New Business

Digital Sparks

Are you ready for the next big thing?

Next month there will be 25 iHubs on the streets of Melbourne with another 20 or so to follow. These 42″ interactive touch screens will change the way people seek information about all the shopping, sights, restaurants, attractions and transport services the city has to offer.

They will also change the way businesses communicate with people on the street, allowing them to take bookings, update information instantly, run live film of events and mix media like never before. The revolution has already started…

Digital Spark Pty. Ltd. specialise in the development of digital interactive information interfaces (i³) customised for specific retail and public environments.


Community Responsibility Award

Travellers Aid

The Travellers Aid Society of Victoria (TASV) is a not-for-profit organisation that has been assisting visitors to Melbourne since 1916.

TASV’s versatility has met the changing needs of the community through its many services and programmes.

From meeting and assisting visitors to Melbourne to the establishment of a free disability access service, free computer/internet training for senior citizens and helping stranded travellers.

Travellers Aid has adapted to the changing city over many years.


Export Award

MOR

MOR is proudly Australian and recognised globally for its range of innovative, luxury skin care, body care and pampering products. Designers, Deon Iuretigh and Dianna Burmas were seduced by the beauty industry when the pair began creating products for their interior-design retail store in the Melbourne CBD.

In 2001 the couple discovered their passion for fragrance and channelled all their energies into a new line of body care products.

Today MOR has 470 products available nationally and internationally in boutique and department stores including David Jones, Liberty, Harrods and Nordstrom.

MOR was ranked 12th in the BRW 2004 Fast 100 – Australia’s fastest growing small and medium sized enterprises. Mor was also was a recipient of funding through the City of Melbourne Small Business Development Program


Innovation Award

Shopping Secrets

Michelle Matthews is an independent Melbourne based publisher that has rapidly expanded her business, Shopping Secrets Pty Ltd, nationally and internationally.

Starting with “Shopping Secrets Melbourne”, a guide to the city’s innovative retailers, in 1998, Michelle has grown her business to include “Dining Secrets” and “Bar Secrets”. Packaged under the “Deck of Secrets” banner, these funky urban guides have proven to be very popular with workers, visitors and tourists in Melbourne and Sydney.

Michelle has taken Bars Secrets to the world, including London and Hong Kong, with guides for Shanghai, San Francisco, Edinburgh, Ibiza, and Barcelona in production. She is also developing a national bar guide/CD concept for Australia.

Shopping Secrets was also a recipient of funding through the City of Melbourne Small Business Development Program

Michelle won the media category at the 2004 Victorian Tourism Awards.


Environment Award

Aconex Pty Ltd

Aconex provides online information management solutions for the construction, property and resources industries.
By filing all project information in an online, central system, Aconex enables project members (including engineers, architects and contractors) to store, distribute, track and share documentation (such as drawings, plans, e-mails and faxes) from any location any time. The system creates a fully searchable documentation trail that spans the entire project lifecycle.

Five years on from its creation by Leigh Jasper & Rob Phillpot, Aconex is servicing $45 billion worth of building projects in countries as diverse as Britain, Dubai and Malaysia and is market leader in Australia.

Aconex ranked 4th in the BRW 2004 Fast 100.


2005 Business of the Year

Aconex Pty Ltd

Aconex provides online information management solutions for the construction, property and resources industries.

By filing all project information in an online, central system, Aconex enables project members (including engineers, architects and contractors) to store, distribute, track and share documentation (such as drawings, plans, e-mails and faxes) from any location any time. The system creates a fully searchable documentation trail that spans the entire project lifecycle.

Five years on from its creation by Leigh Jasper & Rob Phillpot, Aconex is servicing $45 billion worth of building projects in countries as diverse as Britain, Dubai and Malaysia and is market leader in Australia.

Aconex ranked 4th in the BRW 2004 Fast 100.