Sunshine Coast aerospace leaders in the running for Telstra Australian Business of the Year
  • Wednesday 12 September 2018
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The Sunshine Coast community is encouraged to get behind a world-leading aerospace tech company headquartered on the Sunshine Coast as it competes for the title of 2018 Telstra Australian Business of the Year

 After winning Telstra Queensland Business of the Year, and taking out the award for the overall Medium and Making Waves category, HeliMods have been catapulted into the spotlight as regional champions of innovation.

 “This award should really show that any business into tech, that has a global market, can do it from a regional area,” Founder and Managing Director, Mr Will Shrapnel said after receiving the State-based awards at a Gala dinner earlier this year.

This sentiment is reinforced with the recent announcement of the international broadband submarine cable, which will see the Sunshine Coast delivering Australia’s fastest telecommunications connection to Asia and second fastest to the United States.

This game-changer technology will provide a platform for high-tech, Industry 4.0 businesses like HeliMods, enabling further innovation and growth.

Founded by multi-generational Sunshine Coast local Will Shrapnel with $5000 from his credit card in 2002, HeliMods is now at the forefront of its field globally and is rapidly becoming a multimillion dollar business.

It takes helicopters and does all the engineering and most of the manufacturing to turn them into hi-tech emergency medical, search and rescue, or disaster relief machines in Australian and around the world.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said HeliMods was a Sunshine Coast success story and one that would represent the region well in the upcoming national awards.

“We strongly encourage our community and local business people to get behind HeliMods and cast your vote in the People’s Choice Award by logging onto the Telstra Business Awards website,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“HeliMods is progressive business which continues to showcase the latest technologies and innovation – and by their efforts demonstrate how leading innovative businesses can succeed on a national and global stage from operating on the Sunshine Coast.

“It’s great to see a local business like Helimods being recognised for their hard work.

 “HeliMods’ success demonstrates the Sunshine Coast offers great opportunities to business and reinforces our aspiration to be Australia’s healthy, smart, creative region.

“With our recent announcement that an international broadband submarine cable will be installed and in service from the Sunshine Coast from the first half of 2020, there will be even more opportunities to expand.

“Sunshine Coast Council is the first local government in Australia to secure an investment in an international submarine cable and, in an increasingly digital world, the value of this investment in the region’s future cannot be understated.

“Without a doubt, this investment will result in a significant point of difference for the Sunshine Coast.

All 2018 Queensland winners will join other state and territory category winners at the National 2018 Telstra Business Awards in Melbourne on 20 September.

Voting closes at 5pm (AEST) on Wednesday September 19.

To vote for HeliMods in the People’s Choice Award visit: https://www.telstrabusinessawards.com/peoples-choice

Image: Will Shrapnel, HeliMods Founder and Managing Director with Mayor Mark Jamieson.