CCBR Business Review

11 WELL KNOWN CENTRAL Coast, fam- ily owned office furniture manufactur- ers, Accent Office Interiors and related companies, Officepace, and AMS, earlier this year merged with Burgtec, a West Australian manufacturer of innovative office seating and now trade as Burgtec across Australia with showrooms in all capital cities and Newcastle. At this year’s 2020 Hunter Manufacturers’ Awards, Burgtec which specialises in the manufacturing of workstations, joinery and commercial furniture, was awarded Highly Commended in the 2020 Manufacturer of the Year Award for a business with more than 50 employees category. A staunch advocate of the importance of Australian manufacturing, and jobs for the Central Coast and Hunter, Burgtec was recognised for its contribution to the sector at the Awards. Burgtec project director Joel Kennard said the award was a credit to the team and what they achieved every day. “To receive a prestigious award like this is a fantastic achievement for our staff and acknowledg- es their efforts in building a business over the past 20 years that is bucking industry trends in off-shoring production,” he said. The company services a broad range of clients, from corporate office tenants to gov- ernment agencies, small and medium sized enterprises, the architect and designer com- munity, builders and construction managers. “We are fiercely passionate about Australian-made manufacturing, and in particular, local jobs in our region,” Mr Kennard said. “We entered the awards to gain recog- nition for our team, who we believe are second-to-none in the industry, and pos- sess vital skills which are so often under- recognised and under-valued in Australia.” People are constantly surprised to learn that furniture is still being made in Australia, much less on the Central Coast. “We talk to prospects every day who have grown to expect their product to be import- ed from overseas, and we can happily share with them the enormous benefits of dealing with a local Australian manufacturer,” he said. The business’s success demonstrated that quality and locally made product does not Burgtec Highly Commended in 2020 Hunter Manufacturer of the Year Award have to cost more, and Burgtec’s happy clients were a testament to the outstanding value that could be provided through col- laboration with a smart manufacturer, Mr Kennard said. “I’d like to thank our valuable client base around the country for backing local manufacturing and believing in the Burgtec story of Australian-made quality and local service,” he said. The business continues to expand around the country, with a new Canberra showroom scheduled to open in 2021 to join the existing premises in Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne and Perth. B U S I N E S S N E W S TEAM EFFORT: Burgtec has been recognised for excellence in the 2020 Hunter Manufacturing Awards Central Coast accounting and financial planning firm, AdviceCo has partnered with the Count Charitable Foundation (CCF) to launch a Community Grants Program in which charitable organisations are invited to apply for a $20,000 cash grant. AdviceCo and CCF will each contribute $10,000 to one charitable organisation before June 2021. Applications are open from now until the end of March 2021 and involve a brief 500-word proposal of what the applicant would do with $20,000 for the local Central Coast community. AdviceCo Managing Director, David Evers, initiated the program off the back of an extraordinary year filled with challenges and adversities that have impacted the living conditions of members within our community. “Our community engagement program enables us to donate and participate in the community each year, but this year, we needed to think differently to address current challenges and make a meaningful difference where it counts. “We’ve consolidated our available funds and partnered with the Count Charitable Foundation to build one solid grant. We wanted to make access to the grant fair and equitable to those who have the best understanding of community needs right now, so we created the application process,” he said. Deciding who should be the recipient of the grant will be a complex process. To ensure the approach maintains integrity and transparency, a judging panel will include: 1. Barry Lambert, Founder and Chairman of the Count Charitable Foundation 2. David Evers, Managing Director of AdviceCo. 3. Rachel Willis, former CEO of Coast Shelter and Founder/Executive Director of Creating Community Connections 4. Edgar Adams, Editor of Central Coast Business Review Rachel Willis said: “This grant opportu- nity comes at a really important time for charities on the Coast, many whom have been on the front line supporting our community during a time of unprecedent- ed demand for support. I was thrilled to be invited to be part of this program and to support a new initiative designed to make a meaningful and lasting difference in the lives of fellow Coasties.” Charitable organisations are encour- aged to apply now. In order to be suc- cessful, they must possess Deductible Gift Recipient Status 1. All conditions are cur- rently listed on the application website: AdviceCo launches $20,000 Community Grants Programme CENTRAL COAST BUSINESS REVIEW DECEMBER 2020