Bee All Natural and AKIPS named finalists in Australian Small Business Awards

TWO Logan firms are celebrating after being named as finalists in the Australian Small Business Awards.

AKIPS' Paul Koch and Mark Birkinshaw at a US trade show. The company is a finalist in the Australian Business Champion Awards.

AKIPS' Paul Koch and Mark Birkinshaw at a US trade show. The company is a finalist in the Australian Business Champion Awards.

Flagstone honey producer Bee All Natural and Tanah Merah-based technology business AKIPS have made the finals.

AKIPS employs staff in Logan, Brisbane and the Redlands, and representatives say it is an exciting opportunity for the firm to represent local small business at the awards in Sydney next month.

The business, which was named in the information technology category, began from a backyard shed just outside Brisbane.

Chief executive officer Paul Koch said being named as a finalist was a first for the business.

"We are delighted to be a finalist in the awards for the first time ever," Mr Koch said.

"We have worked so hard over the past year through COVID, and it is wonderful to see our business recognised.

"We are a small Queensland-based company but we supply our software to some of the biggest and most famous companies in the world, as well as local, state and federal US government.

"It is awards like this one that will really help our business grow further within Australia."

Bee All Natural owners Natasha and Jason Roebig thanked the person who nominated their company in the sole trader category..

"We are humbled that someone within our community who believes in us and Bee All Natural has taken the time to nominate us for this national award," Mr Roebig said.

Mrs Roebig said the couple would represent the city with pride.

"There is an abundance of successful small businesses in Logan and this is an incredible opportunity for us to showcase Logan's diversity and show the Australian small business community what we can achieve," she said,

"It also gives us the platform to promote agritourism and the produce that is grown right here in Logan which many people are unaware of."

The finals ceremony is at The Star casino on July 31.

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