Celebrating our commitment to helping small business grow globally, on Thursday 23rd of March, PACK & SEND CEO, Michael Paul, had the pleasure of announcing the winner of its first Small Business Logistics Grant at a cocktail awards night held at the QT Sydney. Charlene Maney of Fleurieu Gifts, took out the award – selected from an all-female line up of 8 finalists and over 130 entrants Australia-wide.
Fleurieu Gifts is a South Australian based business providing eco-friendly alternatives to cut flowers sourced from the Fleurieu Peninsula. In the three years since the business’s inception, founder and director, Charlene Maney, has used the power of e-commerce and online marketing to bring in six figures of annual sales.
Delighted with her win, Charlene has big plans for the upcoming year.
“I am so grateful to the PACK & SEND team and the Grant for their ongoing support and commitment to making my business – and other small businesses across Australia – the best it can be.”
To assist Charlene in taking her business to the next level, PACK & SEND has provided $10,000 worth of parcel and freight services, along with a PACK & SEND account manager offering parcel courier and freighting advice for a year. Charlene will also receive a three-month business mentorship with Hannah Staples, co-founder of Peppermint Grove Australia.
The judging panel
Entries were judged by a panel of industry experts, including Hannah Staples, co-founder of Peppermint Grove Australia; Kellie Rakich and Alexandra Lyons, co-founders of Ankalia Textiles; Michael Paul, CEO of PACK & SEND; and David Scicluna, PACK & SEND Franchisee of the Year 2016.
Michael Paul, PACK & SEND founder and CEO, said: “Fleurieu Gifts is an incredible example of the enterprising spirit and high calibre talent that exists within the small business community in Australia, and we are proud to play a part in turbo-charging the growth of her business. We wish her all the best in her endeavours.”
“We were also delighted to see the strong entrepreneurial spirit of women in Australia represented in an all-female line up of finalists.”
The all-female finalists
The high standard of businesses comprising the remaining finalists included:
- Good360 – a business that enables other businesses to donate new unsold goods to charities and not-for-profit organisations;
- Tuesday Vintage – an online creative platform and store where inspired individuals can showcase their innovative design and work;
- Little Wooden Toybox – high quality wooden toys focused on play-based learning in early childhood;
- BasiK Organics – 100% organic skin care products with a focus on baby, pregnancy and beyond;
- Twincredible – an Aussie designed pillow that assists a single adult with the safest and most efficient way to bottle feed two babies at once;
- Print & Party – a boutique stationery business designing invitations, party printables, typography prints, baby milestone cards and more; and
- Minouche – producing mid-high end apparel for babies and girls.