Shepherd Filters is truly honoured to win the Emerging and Micro Business Award category at the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards held on Wednesday 29 July at the Southport Yacht Club.
The Emerging Business Award recognises Gold Coast businesses for their innovative, unique and strong business practices and how these enhance a company’s continued growth. The Gold Coast is also Australia’s micro-business capital. This category therefore also aims to recognise the incredible range of 46,000 micro-businesses that have been operating successfully on the Coast for years.
The awards, now in their 25th year, have grown to be recognised as the region’s most comprehensive and prestigious business awards scheme. They aim to foster pride in the city’s business community and highlight its importance as a business hub and recognise leading businesses with a view to encouraging others.
We’d like to thank Choice Homes and MPM Property for sponsoring this fantastic accolade. The team at Shepherd Filters also extends its sincere gratitude to the Committee, event directors, and all other sponsors for the time and effort involved in choosing Gold Coast businesses who are all worthy of such an honour.
It has been just over four years since a devastating fire left Jeremy Kronk with third-degree burns to 52% of his body. Spending six-and-a-half weeks in a coma at the Royal Brisbane Burns Unit and a further six months recovering until he was able enough to return home where he wore a burns suit for 18 months. The accident presented Jeremy with an opportunity and the creation of Shepherd Filters. While recovering at home, Jeremy started to research fires and came across a huge range of stories on restaurant fires. He became fascinated with how fires start and why. Every day, a commercial kitchen burns because of the grease build-up in the kitchen exhaust extraction system. Most of the filters in the market only capture 20-40% of the grease they are supposed to stop from penetrating the rest of kitchen exhaust extraction system. After coming across an under-engineered wool cover product that he re-designed using Australian crossbred wool, the filter media will not tear or catch fire as well as soak up to an astronomical 98% of airborne grease. Shepherd Filters now counts McDonald’s, Village Roadshow Theme Parks and Dreamworld as clients and has sold well over three million sheets. Shepherd Filters also has an office in the UK and is planning for further expansion.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to extend a big congratulations to all the other award recipients on the night:
Mayor’s Innovation GC Award: Grassports Australia
Student Employability Award: Glowing Green Australia
Family Business Award: Neumann Steel
Health and Wellbeing Award: Tribes Adventure Group
Professions and Services Award: MWM Advisory
Retail, Wholesale and Distribution Award: Macro Mike
Construction and Trades Award: Dynamic Hydro Excavations
Manufacturing Award: GCD Exhibitions
IT and Digital Business Award: TechConnect IT Solutions
This event acknowledges and validates the relentless hard work and dedication that Gold Coast businesses of all shapes and sizes put into their products and/or services, and how they make the world a better place.