Introducing our Women In Business Awards semi-finalists

We are proud to announce the following 15 semi-finalists in our exciting competition.

Now in its second year, The Australian Women’s Weekly/CPA Australia Women In Business Awards seeks to uncover the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

With $75,000 in prizes to be won, the major prize winner will be awarded $10,000 plus Bauer Media Trade credits to the value of $25,000. In addition, two highly commended winners are awarded $5000 each, plus Bauer Media Trade credits to the value of $15,000.

Our panel of judges, each a recognised leader in their field and including former CEO of the Australian Industry Group and Reserve Bank Board member Heather Ridout, as well as the Federal Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer, are looking to reward women whose existing business is primed to go from small- to medium-sized, and then take on the world.

We are proud to announce the following 15 semi-finalists in our exciting competition.


BUSINESS NAME: No Issues Tissues

FROM: Potts Point, NSW

THE BUSINESS: No Issues Tissues is the only premium, environmentally friendly tissue product available in Australia. The 100 per cent tree free products, made from renewable and sustainable bamboo, are now available in Woolworths, Coles and Harris Farm Markets, with a strategy to sell the products to airlines, hotels and overseas markets.


BUSINESS NAME: Riga Precast Pty Ltd

FROM: Griffith, ACT

THE BUSINESS: Riga Precast is Canberra’s preeminent precast panel supplier. In 12 months since being incorporated, Riga has experienced rapid growth, securing $12.5 million in contracts, and now has a team of 11 employees.



FROM: Gladesville, NSW

THE BUSINESS: Modibodi is a revolution in women’s underwear – stylish and comfortable, but also leak and sweat-proof. Launched in 2013, in the three months to March this year Modibodi has increased their revenue 20 fold since January 2015.

Top row: Kristy Chong, Carmen O’Keefe, Julie Adams and Lorna Cook

Second row: Kim Liddell, Alison Cotton, Ebony Shalders



FROM: Bondi, NSW

THE BUSINESS: The women’s sports-inspired basics clothing brand was launched in 2013. Since then, First Base now is sold in more than 125 stores throughout Australia, Asia, UAW and the US and has expanded to include lifestyle products and high performance active wear.


BUSINESS NAME: Caroline’s Skincare

FROM: Hamilton Hill, WA

THE BUSINESS: A specialised range of therapeutic skincare products for the treatment of dry and inflamed skin conditions. Available in pharmacies, health stores and from health-care practitioners throughout Australia, as well as online, Caroline’s Skincare has grown from a cottage industry to a national company in just four years.

Top row: Ziah Lane, Seona Emanuelli, Rachel Van Nierop

Second row: Sue Turner, Roslyn Sutton, Nicola Mason


BUSINESS NAME: Smitten Merino

FROM: Taroona, TAS

THE BUSINESS: Specialising in merino and organic cotton, all Smitten Merino garments are designed and manufactured ethically in Tasmania. The website with 50 products was launched in 2011, and by 2014 had expanded to 600 products available online and in stores nationwide.


BUSINESS NAME: The Uniform Exchange

FROM: Pymble, NSW

THE BUSINESS: A service to recycle and exchange used school uniforms and text books either at the Pymble store or nationally via the website. Currently there are over 45,000 items available, which represent substantial saving on education costs for parents.


BUSINESS NAME: Minnow Designs

FROM: Balmain, NSW

THE BUSINESS: Practical, beautiful and unique beach booties designed to protect babies’ feet from hot sand, shells and rocks while they explore the sea and sand. The trial product first launched to a hugely positive consumer response in 2015 and retail exclusively at

Rachel Perkins and Caroline Monet.


BUSINESS NAME: Henty Brook Angus

FROM: Burekup, WA

THE BUSINESS: Grass fed beef delivered straight to consumers’ front doors. A range of bulk beef products are available, with a focus on quality (MSA graded and dry-aged) grass fed beef of exceptional value from animals treated with compassion and respect, and without the use of feed antibiotics or hormonal growth promoters.


BUSINESS NAME: JustMums Recruitment

FROM: Coburg, VIC

THE BUSINESS: A niche recruitment agency dedicated to connecting working mums and mums returning to work with jobs with a focus on full and part-time, flexible and family-friendly employment. The agency specialises in job placement, resume development and referral to specialist services tailored to working mothers.


BUSINESS NAME: Non Destructive Excavations Australia

FROM: Vineyard, NSW

THE BUSINESS: World leaders in subterranean safety, protectors of underground infrastructure, the business began with one truck in 2005. Now operating a fleet of trucks, NDEA is branching into fully sustainable, 100 per cent recycling of mud slurry construction waste.

Stacey Fisher


BUSINESS NAME: Pig in a Pickle

FROM: Sandy Beach, NSW

THE BUSINESS: Full day meat preserving workshops in the creation of sausages, salami, pancetta and more. Since 2013 Pig in a Pickle has grown from a small word of mouth to people from all over Australia attending workshops.


BUSINESS NAME: Bidibots Pty Ltd

FROM: Reservoir, VIC

THE BUSINESS: Bidibots is a healthcare company specialising in the design, manufacture and supply of products for Newborn Intensive Care units. Research of premature nappies commenced 10 years ago and Bidibots now supplies nappy product to 15 of the 22 Neonatal ICUs in Australia.



FROM: Perth, WA

THE BUSINESS: Chemo@Home administers chemotherapy and other infusions to patients in the comfort of their own homes through metropolitan Perth. The company now administers over 200 treatments per month in the private sector.


BUSINESS NAME: Sutton’s Juice Factory & Cidery

FROM: Stanthorpe, QLD

THE BUSINESS: A family run, fully functional apple orchard which has grown from a traditional apply orchard to a multi-faceted boutique business incorporating a juice factory, cidery, distillery, pick your own apples and Shed Café.

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