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Honeybell Waterwear named National Small Business Champion

Posted on 03 April 2017

I promised you that I'd update you on my adventure up to Sydney over the weekend to attend the Australian Small Business Champion Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony (boy, that's a mouthful to say!)...

Honeybell Waterwear won!

I am beyond thrilled to announce that Honeybell Waterwear has been named Champion New Business at the Australian Small Business Champion Awards over the weekend! 

Honeybell Waterwear named National Small Business Champion


What are the Australian Small Business Champion Awards?

The Australia Small Business Champion Awards is the only national recognition program for Australian small businesses. The program aims to recognise outstanding Australian small businesses and encourage high standards of excellence in small business practice.

The New Business category is for small businesses that have been operating for less than 2 years. Honeybell Waterwear has been operating for just 7 months - so to say I was thrilled for Honeybell to be named a finalist, let alone winning the award, is an understatement.

Why this award is important to me.

With 2 in every 3 Australians being diagnosed with skin cancer, we all know the importance of sun protection, but the answer is not as simple as telling women to wear a rash vest. Traditional rash vests are unflattering and not fashionable – so this message has not been resonating with women who are body or fashion conscious (most women, right?!). Recognising that sun protective clothing is only helpful if you wear it, I set out to design something that will make women want to wear.  This award, I hope, will help me reach more Aussie women. Will help me achieve my ultimate goal of playing a part in turning around our very scary skin cancer statistics.

Photos from the evening:

Honeybell Waterwear National Small Business Champion
Honeybell Waterwear named National Small Business Champion
1.  The Hon Michael McCormack MP, the Federal Minister of Small Business, approached me for a photo (yes, this really did happen!!) - so we, of course, took one of him too!!
2.  The most excited winner by far!!
3. That's me on stage, with 1,000 people looking at me, getting presented with Honeybell's award.
4. Making a speech.  As an introvert, speaking in front of this large (LARGE!) crowd was a very big deal. Yeah, I did say some 'umms' and I don't think Goggle Box will be recruiting me (they were scouting for their next reality tv stars on the evening!), but I reckon I rocked it in my own way.
5. My handsome, and very supporting husband, congratulating me! What a hubby!! It was our 6th wedding anniversary too - so a double celebration.
6.  Posing on stage with Jenny Aitchison, who presented me with the award. Jenny is an award-winning business woman herself, and the shadow minister for small business.

Thank you my Honeybells!

I truly have the best customers, best supporters, best advocates, best raving fans.  Thank you so much for telling your friends and family about my small business. Thank you for cheering me on. Thank you for supporting my goal of making Australia stylishly sun safe. Thank you, sincerely, for being a part of this with me!

With love, Annaliese


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