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Business performance spotlighted at PrintNSW Excellence Awards

Thursday, 21 September 2006
By Print 21 Online Article

The approach taken with the PrintNSW Excellence Awards is similar to that of the BPIF, the peak industry body over in the UK, in recognising all-round business performance rather than simply the quality of the printing. In his opening address Robert Fuller, general manager of Printing Industries NSW, claimed the awards confirm both the future and professionalism of print.

“The format is unique to NSW, but the focus on business excellence will definitely evolve to become more of a national fixture,” he said.

At the black tie dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Coogee Beach, Fuller spoke further of the difficult challenges that continue to plague those working within the printing industry – over capacity, under utilisation, price competition and the impending threat of overseas competition.

“These awards are about recognising those companies that are traversing the current challenges of the industry with confidence and competence,” he said

Well-known industry identity, Warwick Roden, chairman of the PrintNSW Excellence Awards in his speech said that the industry needs to take a closer at business performance and excellence.

(McMillan Print collecting the Innovation in Business Award, L to R: Richard Timson, regional sales manager Heidelberg; Rachel Cartini, Printing Industries NSW; Bob McMillan, CEO McMillan Print)

“The PrintNSW Excellence Awards are less about putting ink on paper and more about sound business practices,” said Roden. “That is what we are trying to encourage, and that is what we are seeking to award tonight.”

Peter Debnam, leader of the NSW Opposition, was the key speaker for the evening and while he failed to go into specific detail on how his policies would impact the printing industry, he discussed what he claims will be some of the hot topics when the state election rolls around next year.

Debnam promised the NSW Liberals would deliver a kickstart to the NSW economy and spoke of the need to cut the amount of regulation and bureaucracy in the public sector. He also praised the format of the awards.

(Prografica collecting the Occupational Health & Safety Initiatives award, L to R: Bruce Degenhardt, director Self Insured Services Australia; Andrew Selim, marketing manager Prografica; Rachel Cartini, Printing Industries NSW; Kerim El Gabaili, managing director.)

“It is vital in every industry that you run through that process of looking at excellence,” said Debnam. “We need to adopt that approach in the public sector – telling them that they can excel, and they will be awarded for it.”

Penfold Buscombe takes home Print Business of the Year award

Penfold Buscombe were clearly the big winners for the evening, picking up awards across five categories including Education & Training, Environmental Initiatives, OH&S, Four-Colour Print and Digital Print. It also took home the inaugural Printing Industries NSW Business of the Year award.

Michael Webb, NSW state manager of Penfold Buscombe (pictured with Peter Goodwin, president Printing Industries NSW on his left) , says his company is delighted to have picked up so many awards.

“It was particularly pleasing to have won in both quality of print and management initiatives and we believe that the training methods established support our print quality and service,” says Webb.

“The difference between most businesses is the quality of its people and I’d like to thank all the Penfold Buscombe staff for their efforts and continued focus. We also believe that the winning of these awards will assist us in securing new and talented staff for the future.”

For a full list of winners at the PrintNSW Excellence Awards, click here.

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