EMRC congratulates winner of prestigious Business Person of the Year

Published on Friday, 18 December 2020 at 12:36:52 PM

Belmont-based Strike Training and Consulting founder Gaven Wicks (above, right) is celebrating the end of 2020 with the title of EMRC Business Person of the Year, awarded at the recent 27th Belmont & West Australian Small Business Awards.

A former New South Wales police officer with 25 years’ distinguished service, Gaven used his extensive experience to found Strike Training and Consulting in 2016. The business has prospered with four years’ growth supplying security guards, crowd controllers, bodyguards and investigators.

Gaven has also recently diversified into providing security fencing at festivals, concerts and large public gatherings across the Perth Metropolitan Region under the name Strike De-Fence. His company also offers personal safety and security services, women’s self-defence, terrorism awareness and conflict management. Its client list includes small and large businesses, government agencies, councils and charities, each of which receives a bespoke package.

EMRC Chief Executive Officer Marcus Geisler said, ‘Gaven is a worthy winner of the EMRC-sponsored Business Person of the Year category.  Amid the extensive business talent offered in Perth’s Eastern Region, his success in building his business is a measure of his ability to apply his expertise to a growing market.  The award is recognition of his efforts to build and diversify a business in rapidly-changing market conditions and he deserves our congratulations on his success.’

He continued, ‘The EMRC has a strong commitment to the economic health and vitality of Perth’s Eastern Region with a focus on small business growth, development and opportunities and encourages a wide variety of initiatives including up skilling opportunities, regional investment and support for small businesses. The awards are a great chance to recognise all the work that is being done.’

Recognition for Gaven’s business prowess was also celebrated at the 2019 Belmont & West Australian Small Business Awards, where he won the coveted Corporate and Social Responsibility Award.

Gaven commented, ‘Our ability to constantly evolve and update our training to best serve our clients makes our business stand out, and as such, be successful.  We are continuously re-investing funds back into our business, enhancing our training and providing our students with the best experience and training possible.’

Carol Hanlon, founder of Belmont Business Enterprise Centre and the Belmont & WA Small Business Awards, said, ‘The awards provide a fantastic opportunity for small and growing enterprises from Belmont and across Western Australia to be recognised for their achievements.’

She continued, ‘This is the 27th consecutive year we have held our Small Business Awards. It is exciting to see the awards grow each year to provide recognition to those in Western Australia who are striving for business excellence and to acknowledge community achievements.  We sincerely thank the valuable support from our Category Sponsors, including the EMRC, which make this amazing small business event possible. In particular the Belmont BEC thanks the City of Belmont for their long-term support.’

For further details on all winners of the 27th Belmont & Western Australian Small Business Awards 2020 visit www.belmontbec.com/awards

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