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Founded by sisters, Ashleigh Morris and Jaine Morris, Coreo

Coreo, a female-led circular economy consultancy that provides strategic advice to organisations that want to be more circular, has taken top gong in the Environmental Business category of the 2023 Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards.

One of a dozen Queensland-based award-recipients, Coreo was officially announced winner of the prestigious accolade at the Awards’ glittering National Presentation Evening Gala Event held at the new Western Sydney Conference Centre last Saturday 23 September 2023.

Founded by sisters, Ashleigh Morris and Jaine Morris, Coreo works with businesses to address the three practical design principles of a circular economy – that is: eliminate waste and pollution, circulate products and materials at their highest value, and regenerate natural and social systems.

Presented with a customised statuette trophy and certificate, Coreo has also now gained invaluable kudos as a nationally-recognised environmental business industry leader.

This year marks the second consecutive year of the Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards – a prestigious and comprehensive programme that celebrates the growing number of Australia’s most inspiring and influential women in small business.

According to Australian Government data: of the 3.3 million small businesses operating in Australia today, more than one-third are run by women and by all accounts, that figure is soaring. Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics during 2022 shows a 46 per cent jump in women business owners during the past two decades.

“There’s no doubting the rising success of female-led small businesses from all corners of this country,” said Steve Loe, Awards Founder and Managing Director of Precedent Productions, which coordinates the Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards.

“Just as the Matildas shone during this year’s World Cup, attracting the nation’s admiration and highlighting the positive contribution of women in sport, the Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards programme has been specifically created to shine a spotlight on the rising economic and social contributions of women in small business – spanning all capital cities as well as rural, regional and suburban towns.

“Precedent Productions has been running the Australian Small Business Champion Awards since 1999 so we’re generally in-tune with the country’s best performing business operators. We created this standalone female-focussed awards programme because frankly, it’s high time for greater recognition of Australia’s female business trailblazers who still face unique challenges with incredible grit and positively-infectious entrepreneurial spirit,” added Mr Loe.

The Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards saw thousands of entries this year and honoured the achievements of approximately 60 category winners from a broad cross section of industries. Additionally, four individual category winners were recognised at the red-carpet event, which was hosted by accomplished journalist and popular broadcaster, Deborah Knight.

For more information – including a full list of 2023 winners – visit: womensbusinesschampions.com.au.


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