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A pipeline innovator, an national electrical servicing provider and a training company have all made the finals of the Telstra Australian Business Awards.

ITS Pipetech, Gordon McKay and Scope Training were all selected as national finalists for the 2016 awards.

ITS PipeTech, founded in 2005 by its Executive Director Trevor Groeneveld, was selected because of its innovation in pipeline rehabilitation.

Mr Groeneveld said, “The Telstra judges have conducted a comprehensive assessment of ITS PipeTech looking at many different elements of the business such as our financial performance, the ITS team, safety performance, strategy, growth, environment, social responsibility and our focus on innovation and I am happy to say that we have ticked the boxes in all of these key areas.

“For a long time I have been of the view that we have a fantastic business with by far the best team of people making it all happen which personally I have enjoyed being a part of.”

Operating throughout Australia and the Pacific Rim, ITS PipeTech provides innovative solutions using trenchless technologies to maintain water, sewer and stormwater pipelines.

ITS prevent the issue of sink holes, bursting water mains and leaking sewers and prevents the incidence of collapsing roads and railways by reinforcing drainage structures that can fail with age.

Another finalist, Gordon McKay, is a national provider of electrical services to the industrial and commercial sectors.

Established in 1953, the business was first contracted to install power supplies to farming communities around Geelong.

At the time, agriculture was the engine room of the regional economy, but electricity was driving change.

Through forward thinking, Gordon McKay has remained at the forefront of innovation in its industry for over 60 years and is now one of the largest privately-owned Australian electrical companies.

Gavin McKay, Managing Director, said, “Operating for over 60 years, our culture is a strong foundation of loyal people, including fathers and sons, built on the values of our founder and my father, Gordon McKay.”

Also making the finals, Scope Training is a registered training organisation that works in collaboration with a range of corporate clients across the mining, oil and gas, and construction industries and the public and not-for-profit sectors.

Founder and CEO Jessica Pitt launched the company in 2010 after becoming frustrated with having to attend generic training courses and complete assessments she considered meaningless.

The company offers clients training programs in project management, training and assessment, health and safety, and business operations.

Ms Pitt said, “My belief is that we are in a business to assist people and that should begin with finding out what their needs are in order to meet them.”

Lauren brings a fresh approach to content. While she’s previously written for publications as diverse as Australian Geographic, The Border Watch and Girlfriend, she’s found her true passion in her current role as an editor in the world of energy and infrastructure trade magazines.

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