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Trampoline manufacturer takes out top Brisbane business gong

by October 28, 2016 General
Cameron Atfield

Vuly Trampolines founder Joe Andon has been named Brisbane's business person of the year at the 2016 Lord Mayor's ... Vuly Trampolines founder Joe Andon has been named Brisbane’s business person of the year at the 2016 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards. Photo: Supplied

A young entrepreneur has bounced into Brisbane business history books by taking out the top prize at the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards on Friday night.

Vuly Trampolines chief executive Joe Andon was named Brisbane’s Business Person of the Year at a City Hall awards ceremony on Friday night.

Mr Andon founded Vuly Trampolines, one of Australia’s leading trampoline manufacturers, when he was just 19 years old.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Mr Andon won the award based largely on his efforts in transforming Brisbane’s business industry.

“At just 27, Joe already exemplifies the type of business leader who has helped place Brisbane squarely on the world stage as Australia’s new world city,” he said.

“Joe started his business from his childhood bedroom and has turned it into one of Australia’s largest outdoor play companies selling products worldwide.

“In the process, he has revolutionised the industry by inventing and commercialising the unique leafspring drive system, as well as numerous trampoline accessories.

“Joe and Vuly are now recognized as global leaders in trampoline safety and aesthetic progress.”

Mr Andon was also a finalist in the Young Business Person of the Year Award, which was won by Little Tokyo Two’s Jock Fairweather.

Cr Quirk said the 10 award winners ranged from small-to-medium business to some of Brisbane’s largest companies.

“I congratulate all of the winners tonight,” he said.

“They highlight the amazing depth and entrepreneurial spirit of Brisbane’s business community.

“The Lord Mayor’s Business Awards have become a benchmark for the excellence, success, innovation and entrepreneurial flair that are the hallmarks of Brisbane’s business community.

“The achievements and contributions of this year’s recipients and Brisbane’s business community over the past decade have been integral to the continued growth of our $146 billion economy.

“These are the businesses and individuals that play a critical role in fostering Brisbane’s reputation as a hub for innovation, investment, education, conventions and tourism in the Asia Pacific region.” 

The winners of the 2016 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards were:

  • ANZ Made in Brisbane Award for High-Growth Business Start-Up: RedEye
  • HSBC Award for Doing Business in Asia and Optus Business Platinum Winner: Australian Country Choice
  • Brisbane Times Award for Business Innovation: EM Solutions
  • Australia TradeCoast Award for Small Business Growth:  FivePointFour Holdings
  • Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd Award for New Investment: Tritium
  • Clayton Utz Award for Corporate Citizenship:  Stephen Dibb Jewellery
  • Energex Award for Sustainability in Business: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • ISPT Award for Digital Strategy:
  • Singapore Airlines Award for Young Business Person of the Year: Jock Fairweather – Little Tokyo Two
  • Channel 7 Award for Business Person of the Year: Joe Andon – Vuly Trampolines

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