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Bass Coast Business Awards
Helicopter Scenic Flights Every Day
Phillip Island Helicopters
1 Veterans Drive, Newhaven
T: (03) 5956 7316 E: email@example.com W: www.pih.com.au
Shop 5, Cowes Shopping Centre, 119 Thompson Avenue, Cowes
Let us help you select
thoughtful gifts sure to
delight, everything from
traditional wooden toys
and dolls to Lego & robotics
Thank you to our
amazing customers for your
We are excited and proud to
be finalists in the 2018
Bass Coast Business Awards
Your local independent toy store
SMALL businesses led by Aboriginal people,
those with disabilities and women are at the
forefront of this year’s Gippsland Small Busi-
ness Festival which officially launched last week.
The focus on social inclusiveness includes
a range of ‘Getting into Business’ workshops
for Aboriginal businesses, a series of events
for empowering women in small business
and seminars for small business owners
“By holding tailored events across Gippsland,
the State Government is ensuring every Victori-
an small business can continue to support their
community, boost the local economy and create
jobs for locals,” member for Eastern Victoria
Harriet Shing said.
Gippsland is home to more than 24,100
small businesses and will be holding 25 events
from August 1 to August 31 covering everything
from getting digital ready and managing financ-
es to expanding into new markets.
Small Business Mentoring session were held
in Wonthaggi last week at the Bass Coast Shire
Business mentor Helen Ward led the one on
one sessions and Becky and George Fairlie
from GF Solar in Kongwak made the most of
GF Solar is a Clean Energy Council accredit-
ed designer and installer of high quality custom
solar systems. It was established in 2008 and
its constantly seeking to improve in a competi-
“I’m a very good installer but there’s more
to it than that when you’re in small business,”
“The council was providing this free ser-
vice which was fantastic, so we jumped at the
chance to work with someone who has a suc-
cessful small business background like Helen.”
This year’s Small Business Festival will have
more regional events than ever with more than
half of the festival happening across nine re-
gional locations - many being free or low-cost.
The South Gippsland Shire Council will host
free business mentoring sessions in Leongatha
Marketing and advertising guru Gus Balbon-
tin will present Adapt for the Competitive Edge
at sessions in Korumburra and Newhaven on
Wednesday and Thursday.
“It’s great to see Initiatives like the Small
Business Festival, led by the Andrews Labor
Government, securing a bright future for busi-
nesses in Gippsland,” Ms Shing said.
“The State Government also provides year-
round support for small businesses with services
like the Small Business Bus, small business men-
toring sessions, training workshops and a beefed
up Victorian Small Business Commission.”
For more information on this year’s Small Busi-
ness Festival visit festival.business.vic.gov.au
THERE’S no better time to
start on a jigsaw than in winter,
when it’s too cold to go outside.
The puzzles can keep the
family entertained for hours,
or depending on the difficulty,
And at Kids Play Toys, in the
Cowes Shopping Centre, you
can get jigsaw puzzles, dolls,
diaries, Lego, kites; and magic,
science and colouring sets.
The shop’s also a finalist in the
Bass Coast Business Awards, in
the ‘New Business’ category.
It’s certainly a credit to Phil-
lip Island’s Garane Stevens and
Kelly Kirkpatrick, the mother-
daughter duo who opened the
store in late 2016, keen to
bring back the traditional toy
Visitors and residents love
it as all the products are high-
quality, long-lasting and made
fit-for-use. And they’re already
planning for the Christmas
For more information, come
in and see the friendly staff at
Shop 5, inside the Cowes Shop-
ping Centre off Thompson Av-
PHILLIP Island Helicopters was a big winner
at last year’s Bass Coast Business Awards.
It was the first year the business had entered
and it flew home with the Business Excellence
6+ Employees and People’s Choice Tourism At-
tractions awards. It was also runner-up in Mar-
keting and Promotion.
This year, Phillip Island Helicopters is en-
tered in the same categories, plus the new In-
dustry Collaboration section.
This is due to packages involving other busi-
nesses including Wings & Fins seafood restau-
rant at the Tooradin airport and the new Sea and
Sky Adventure providing customers the chance
to see whales from above and at sea level.
The package involves a helicopter flight and a
trip with Phillip Island’s Wildlife Coast Cruises.
The new flight path to Inverloch is also prov-
Lauren Mitchell from Phillip Island Helicop-
ters said the business continues to grow.
In the past 12 months, it has hosted 13,000
passengers (up from 10,000 in the previous year).
“Clientele is still a mix between international
“This area is becoming busier as people re-
alise we are only 90 minutes from Melbourne.
“We find we are getting a lot of walk-in cus-
tomers too. People don’t have to book.”
Lauren said there’s an emerging market
that’s perfectly suited to Phillip Island Helicop-
“It seems to be a bucket-list experience. A
growing number of customers are telling us
that a helicopter flight is something they want
to tick off their list.
“It’s an exciting experience and something
that many only get the chance to do once.”
Phillip Island Helicopters offers a range of
packages and services for private and commer-
cial customers - everything from joy flights to
aerial filming and even firefighting.
Phillip Island Helicopters’ pilots include, from left, David Dodson, John Deans and Peter Siktar.
Island Helicopters flying high
Garane Stevens and Kelly Kirkpatrick show off the range of puzzles, kites and dolls at Kids
Play Toys in Cowes.
Cowes’ traditional toy shop
Business mentor Helen Ward from Small Business Mentoring Service with Becky and
George Fairlie from Kongwak-based GF Solar during a Small Business Mentoring Session at
the Bass Coast Shire Council offices last week. N053218
Celebrating business diversity in Gippsland
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