Maroondah Business Excellence Awards 2023 - Winners

Congratulations to the winners

After a night of celebration and entertainment at the 2023 Maroondah Business Excellence Awards Gala Dinner, we’re pleased to announce the winners.

The high calibre and diversity of each of the 2023 finalists is a credit to all.

Local businesses give the community a flavour and Maroondah’s many local businesses make it different from any other place in the world.

We look forward to celebrating ongoing successes and the strengths across our local businesses, which sustain our economy and benefit our community.

It looks like business is in very good hands in Maroondah!

Business of the Year Award

Sponsored by SBMS

The 2023 Business of the Year Award went to Building Better Brains Australia Pty Ltd

Building Better Brains Australia delivers brain-wise, trauma smart approaches to therapy, training and learning; with a focus on play, creativity and confidence building.  

With solid business growth opportunities and the ability for the business model to address ever growing needs, the business impressed judges with its one-stop-shop philosophy and clear vision.

Through creativity and engagement, Building Better Brains Australia brings empowerment and confidence to its clients and the people and family connected to them.

Find out what they had to say about their win here.

Congratulations Building Better Brains Australia!

Manufacturing and Technology Award

Sponsored by Micron21

Winner - The Ministry of Chocolate       

The judges were extremely impressed with The Ministry of Chocolate, who continue to innovate; creating new and delicious ways to utilise offcut products.

They source only premium, mainly regional ingredients and have developed a clever way to inform chocolate lovers of the story behind the ingredients journey.

Congratulations to The Ministry of Chocolate and to the 2023 finalists:

  • Flamingo Furniture
  • Sugar Rush by Steph      

Retail and Hospitality Award

Sponsored by The Sebel Melbourne Ringwood

Winner - Holy Basil Thai

The judging panel recognised Holy Basil Thai for their commitment to sustainable practices, freshness and quality food, as well as their unique business model.

7 of the 17 staff work full-time - a true point of difference in hospitality, which results in staff commitment and consistency.

With only 7 local suppliers, handpicked ingredients and an impressive regional wine list, Holy Basil Thai, is an impressive local restaurant with a different approach to Thai food.

Congratulations Holy Basil Thai and the 2023 finalists:

  • A Plus Optometry
  • Access Workwear & Safety
  • Le Beaute Salon
  • Pretty Woman Bridal
  • The Firehouse
  • Your Very Best

Professional Services Award

Sponsored by Hutchinson Legal

Winner - Section Group Pty Ltd

With over 84% of business tracked as referrals, Section Group has a strong and loyal customer base.

The expansion into websites, copywriting and the utilisation of the impressive client database, saw Section Group harness innovative opportunities, enabling growth and embedding workplace recognition across the small, professional team.

Congratulations Section Group and the 2023 finalists:

  • AusPac Finance
  • Foster Ramsay Finance
  • Inco. Building Design
  • Swan Technology Solutions
  • The Money Collective

Construction, Trades and Related Supply Chain Award

Sponsored by Total Solar Solutions

Winner - Clean Lines Painting & Decorating Pty Ltd

The judges congratulated Clean Lines Painting & Decorating on their clear processes, cutting edge painting techniques and communications across a team spread over multiple sites.

More than 70% of Clean Lines’ work is undertaken in the commercial sector, and with a commitment to improving through an industry coaching program, they consistently achieve high quality outcomes for their clients. They also provide a great workplace for their staff. 

Congratulations Clean Lines Painting & Decorating and the 2023 finalists:

  • Coy's Constructions
  • Delux Blinds
  • Mode Group
  • Sign Professionals Pty Ltd          

Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise Award

Sponsored by Braille Tactile Signs Aust

Winner - Gruen Eco Design

The judges commended Gruen Eco Design for their commitment to sustainable design practices.  

With a team of 15, the company designs, engineers, project manages and documents healthy homes, passive homes and highly efficient buildings.

The team’s passion is evident through the company vision to give back to the community. Their focus is on creation of affordable sustainable houses and educating others on how to incorporate changes across their business to benefit all.

Congratulations Gruen Eco Design and the 2023 finalists:

  • Happy Valley Home Care
  • Limitless Energy Solutions

Education, Training, Health and Lifestyle Award

Sponsored by Recom Cleaning

Winner - Building Better Brains Australia Pty Ltd

Building Better Brains Australia was identified by the judges as having a shared vision across the business, of a one-stop-shop for client care needs.

They have a team of play therapists, psychologists and counsellors that provide an integrated service.

Building on previous careers, the founders are committed to working with other key stakeholders such as schools and parents to provide core skills.

Congratulations Building Better Brains Australia and the 2023 finalists:

  • Earth to Body
  • Heathmont Cuddly Bear Child Care and Kindergarten
  • Specialised Driver Training
  • Team Sports 4 All


The 2023 Maroondah Business Excellence Awards are proudly bought to you by: