Bob Beaumont, managing director of the Adelaide-based national tile retailing company, has been named the Champion of Entrepreneurship in the 2014 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards.
Bob now represents South Australia and the Northern Territory at the national awards in November.
The well-known Adelaide businessman was among four outstanding South Australian entrepreneurs who took out top honours at last night’s ceremony in Adelaide.
Other winners were: Emerging – Jenny Paradiso, Suntrix; Industry – Paul Crawford, Commercial Motor Vehicles Pty Ltd (CMV Group); Services – Mark Dayman, Fyfe, and Technology – Shane Kelly, Kelly Engineering.
Ernst and Young’s Adelaide managing partner, Chris Sharpley, said the entrepeneurial spirit was alive and well, despite a risk-adverse environment.
“Entrepreneurs make a significant contribution to the economies and communities of South Australia and the Northern Territory” he said.
“We had a truly impressive field of nominees in this year’s program which clearly demonstrates that entrepreneurial spirit is still alive and well in our region.”
Major award winner Bob Beaumont said being entrepreneurial was never easy.
“The strategists within a corporate environment need to be entrepreneurs.
“That’s what makes it so difficult for entrepreneurs in Australia, because there is this whole culture of risk adverseness.
“It’s not OK to fail and entrepreneurs are looked on with great suspicion by society and certainly by financial institutions and government.
“Entrepreneurialism is not about making money. It’s about having a dream and achieving it.
“Money, hopefully, is one of the outcomes as is satisfaction.”
Also recognised in the regional award categories were:
Listed award – Jeff Ellison, SeaLink Travel Group Limited
Social entrepreneur – Madge McGuire, Catherine House Inc.
Champion of Entrepreneurship – Bob Beaumont, Beaumont Tiles
L-R: David Sanders, EY; Chris Sharpley, EY; Bob Beaumont, Beaumont Tiles; Paul Crawford, CMV Group; Jeff Ellison, Sealink Travel Group Limited; Mark Dayman, Fyfe; Shane Kelly, Kelly Engineering; Madge McGuire, Catherine House Inc.; Jenny Paradiso, Suntrix; His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, Governor.
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