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Booktopia Cleans Up at the Australian Telstra Business Awards

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By Published On: September 21, 20180 Comments

At the annual Australian Telstra Business Awards held in Melbourne on Thursday night, online book retailer, Booktopia took home the prestigious Australian Telstra Business of the Year People’s Choice award.

For the second time in the event’s long history, the Telstra Business Awards have included a People’s Choice award. The awards night also had prizes spanning a host of categories, including small and succeeding businesses, and social change makers.

Voted for by the public, the award is designed to recognise Australian businesses that are going above and beyond to meet consumer needs.

The CEO of Booktopia, Tony Nash, says he’s honoured to take home this prize that has been “14 years in the making”.

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Booktopia won the People’s Choice award at the 2018 Telstra Business Awards. Source: Telstra/Booktopia.

“Everyone was saying this week that we were expected to win but you can’t underestimate what it takes to get four million Australians to buy from you,” he says.

“It is great to win awards where judges select you because they dive into your business in great detail, however, winning the award where your customers vote for you is the greatest recognition of all because they are the ones that are choosing to buy from you every day of the year.”

The Telstra Business Awards have run a People’s Choice award in the past, but when it first emerged in 2012 it was an online voting poll and the winner wasn’t announced until after the national awards. In 2012, Booktopia also took out the People’s Choice award, making it the only business to emerge victorious on the occasions the prize has been presented. The company also received awards for NSW Business of the Year and Medium & Making Waves 2018 Winner.

It’s been a good year for Nash and the team at Booktopia, with the business also taking out the Best Pureplay Online Retailer award at the ORIAS in July.

Another retailer to receive recognition at Thursday’s awards gala was Scoot Boot in Tasmania, an online horseshoe business that received the 2018 Telstra Tasmanian Business of the Year.

The Australian Business of the Year award went to Penten, a cyber security business based in Canberra.

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