For the second consecutive year Classic Contractors has taken out the Dulux Accredited Business Professional of the Year Award.

Blossoming from the humble beginnings of a $3,000 credit card limit to a $5 million a year turnover, Classic Contractors is a Perth based commercial, retail and residential painting group.

Colleen Jeffery-Court, Dulux Accredited Program Manager, explained at the Dulux Accredited Painters Conference in Melbourne that this business success story should be an inspiration to other SME’s.

“A near disaster in the early years of the business when a job came in more than $50,000 over budget was a lesson well learnt and the catalyst for the development of innovative business processes and systems that are still in place today,” Ms Jeffery-Court said.

“Classic Contractors was one of 4 entries into this year’s Awards, which involves rigorous assessment across the entire business operations.”

Classic Contractors CEO Mark Stewart attributes his business’ success to his team, along with a steadfast commitment to establishing a culture which values the business objectives.

“The culture is to challenge ourselves and in turn our fellow workers to meet the business objectives to the highest standards.”

Winning the award last year enabled the company to undertake an independent review of their painting operations and ensure they gained the trust of each employee while encouraging them to embrace change.

Mr Stewart added that the last few years since the global financial crisis had definitely proved to be a challenge.

“National issues such as reduced government stimulus and tight bank lending criteria have combined with localised state issues such as skilled labour shortage and reduced local content in large scale projects. 

“It’s seen Classic focus on making the organisation more efficient and dynamic to change.