Toowoomba takes top spot in Buy Queensland Awards

Toowoomba not-for-profit and champion for social enterprise, Ability Enterprises, has taken out three awards at the inaugural Buy Queensland Awards held last week.

Ability Enterprises CEO Tracey Scanlan said the organisation is thrilled with the win, including taking out the coveted Minister’s Award in the Medium/Large Business Category.

“With a long-standing social enterprise history in the Toowoomba business community, we feel honoured to be the recipients of three prestigious awards,” said Ms Scanlan.

“Our win is a testament that it is possible to be a leader in both social enterprise and business, to place a high value on people and to drive systematic change.”

The Buy Queensland Awards recognises individuals and organisations that supply to the Queensland Government and who contribute to a new value proposition founded on the long-term wellbeing of Queenslanders.

“A big thank you to Darling Downs Health who have supported our social enterprise, Café Abuzz. This award is the culmination of our joint venture to inspire social good through good food at Baillie Henderson Hospital,” Ms Scanlan said.

Darling Downs Health Chief Executive Dr Peter Gillies congratulated Ability Enterprises and Café Abuzz on the win.

“In the leadup to the opening of the café here at the Baillie Henderson campus, Ability Enterprises put in a great deal of work with our Darling Downs Health Wellness team to ensure the menu at Café Abuzz would be wholesome and nutritious.”

“I’d like to congratulate them on this award, particularly as it represents their support of our commitment to staff and community wellbeing.”

Ability Enterprises is one of eight winners announced last Wednesday, receiving the Diversity in Procurement Award, the Minister’s Buy Queensland Award in the Medium/Large Business Category and Highly Commended in the Regional Category.

“As a supplier who places a high value on demonstrating diversity and social responsibility in the way we do business, we are proud to be leading by example and shining the spotlight on the Toowoomba and Darling Downs business community,” she said.

Ability Enterprises CEO, Tracey Scanlan with the Honourable Mick de Brenni, MP and Café Abuzz Manager, Laura Murray
Ability Enterprises CEO, Tracey Scanlan with the Honourable Mick de Brenni, MP and Café Abuzz Manager, Laura Murray

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