Local champions recognised as finalists in the 2024 Australian Small Business Champion Awards

Local champions recognised as finalists in the 2024 Australian Small Business Champion Awards

The finalist recipients for the annual Australian Small Business Champion Awards has been announced, with 18 businesses from the Hunter region recognised.

The evening and awards are referred to as the ‘Oscars of Small Business’ and are designed to champion and honour small businesses throughout the nation.

They provide an opportunity to showcase the most exceptional small businesses in Australia, shining a spotlight on their contribution to their local communities and the Australian Economy.

The Awards’ National Presentation Evening will be held over two nights at The Star, Sydney on Friday 12 April and Saturday 13 April. 

Among the finalist list was Beam Bookkeeping in Newcastle-West, who has been recognised as a finalist in the Accounting Bookkeeping Services category.

Managing Director, Katie McCool and Director, Debbie Mirisch said they were blown away to be named as a finalist amongst other deserving businesses.

“Awards like these are so important for businesses such as ours.  We are thrilled that the hard work of our team is being recognised on a national level,” Katie said.

“Our business wouldn’t be what it is today without the support from our dedicated employees who go above and beyond for our clients. We are also very grateful for our long-term and newer clients who put their full faith in us every day.”

In the past two years, Beam Bookkeeping has experienced notable successes, illustrating the business’ growth and adaptability.

Among them was achieving Xero Platinum Partner Status, a recognition of the company’s excellence and commitment to high standards. This Partner Status is a level that very few bookkeeping firms achieve. They were also recognised at the Hunter Business Excellence Awards by winning a Customer Service Award as well as being accredited as a certified Happy Workplace with BU Happiness College.

Previous winner of the 2023 Small Business Champion Entrepreneur category, Stacey Hollands from Lust Mineral said the recognition they received from the Awards was an incredibly fulfilling career moment for herself and the team.

“Achieving the title of the 2023 Australian Small Business Champion Entrepreneur was an immense privilege, and it fills me with great pride,” Stacey said.

“This recognition inspired me to continue to strive to make a positive difference, and having the opportunity to connect through these awards with so many other Small Business Entrepreneurs was invaluable.”

The full list of Hunter-based finalists include:


  • Bottrell Business Consultants – Newcastle
  • Palfreyman Chartered Accountants – Cessnock
  • PLH Accountants – East Maitland

Allied Health

  • Engage VR – Lambton
  • Happy Dots Occupational Therapy for Children – Cardiff
  • Hunter Coast Therapy – Adamstown

Automotive Mechanical Repairs

  • Nova Auto Innovations – Charlestown


  • Farrar & Sons Bakehouse – Newcastle


  • Hunter Homes – Heatherbrae
  • UrbanOps – Warners Bay


  • JMY Group – Newcastle

Cosmetic Specialist

  • Hunter Plastic Surgery

Dance Studio

  • Prodigy Dance Australia


  • Privvy – Merewether

Fashion Designer

  • Lone Clothing Co – Redhead


  • Hunter Valley Flooring Xtra – Cessnock

Heath Improvement Services

  • Core Resore Co – Redhead

Interior Designer

  • Tailored HQ – Newcastle

IMAGE | Beam Bookkeeping – Accounting Bookkeeping Services Category finalist.

Beam Bookkeeping

BookSmart and Biz Synergy have combined forces to create Beam Bookkeeping. Beam bookkeeping provides a full range of bookkeeping services to small and medium sized businesses across Australia. They have a strong presence in the hospitality, construction, health/pharmacy, and professional services industries.

People-first policies, optimistic attitudes and years of experience combine, to provide a smooth and zero-stress service for clients - providing payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, bank feed reconciliation, reporting and BAS agent services. Beam Bookkeeping help business owners of all sizes achieve balance in their lives, and in their books

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