MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – July 27, 2004 –
Australian online recruitment software provider PageUp wins the Panasonic Australia Business Award at the Telstra & Victorian Government Small Business Awards. PageUp, the Melbourne software company that built the online recruitment system used by Australia’s largest employer Coles Myer, has won the Telstra & Victorian Government Small Business Award for companies that employee between 20 – 50 staff.
The awards, sponsored by Telstra and the State government, recognise excellence in small business, highlighting the critical role it plays in the Australian economy. The stringent selection process covered issues essential to businesses – planning, human resources and finance. The winners have beaten competition from thousands of entries. As a small business, PageUp has previously been awarded AusIndustry’s Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) grant and the Department of State and Regional Development’s Venture Capital Access Program (VCAP) grant.
Karen Cariss, Managing Director, said she was delighted with the award. “We are passionate about our business and being recognised for our vision and our effort makes it all worthwhile. Integral to this is our dedicated team and our clients who have supported us through our recent rapid growth phase. We will continue to innovate to produce the best products on the market.” PageUp’s flagship product PageUp People is an online recruitment management system that helps companies communicate and build better relationships around their recruitment activities. PageUp People allows large corporations to recruit more effectively using the latest technology such as the Internet, SMS and voice recognition. Over one million people have applied for jobs through the system.
Simon Cariss, CTO, started his software consulting company in 1993 in the back of his father’s office whilst studying third year Information Technology at Swinburne University. Simon built database and custom applications and hired his first staff member at the end of 94. In mid 96, Karen Cariss (then Downie), a fellow university student, came on part time as business manager, primarily looking after the administrative side of the business. When Karen went full time as Managing Director in 1997, PageUp the company was registered and the focus changed to web applications and product development to maximise the dot com revolution. PageUp first achieved major success with the SOCOG outplacement after the Sydney Olympics. The company, which now has 23 staff, turns over $2 million per annum and services large clients such as BHP Billiton, Macquarie Bank, Flight Centre and Mayne Group. At the awards ceremony Simon said “When I first started the business my Nana used to pray for our success. I think she has over prayed!”
Winning this prestigious award is a significant achievement for PageUp and a validation of the vision and determination of its directors, Karen and Simon Cariss. PageUp has users throughout the world in UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, Chile, Australia and New Zealand and is continuing to expand. As one judge said – he was looking for a company that he could proudly show to foreigners as a great example of an Australian business.
Other finalists in the Panasonic Australia Business Award category include Marque Motor Body Repairs, Mother Art Productions Pty Ltd, NLC Pty Ltd, Pro Corp Marketing and Production Parts. As a Victorian award winner PageUp now goes into the national finals being held in Adelaide in August.