Tenco Engineers boss surprised by win

City of Wanneroo Business Awards winner Chris Tenni says winning the best home based business category was recognition that establishing his own business was the right move. Picture: Anita McInnes

CHRIS Tenni from Tenco Engineers says his business’s win in the City of Wanneroo Business Awards will raise its profile and let people know there is a small structural engineering firm in Jindalee doing some good things.

But Mr Tenni admits he was very surprised to win the best home based business category.

“I literally rated us a zero per cent chance of winning, had no speech prepared and was thrilled just to be a finalist,’’ he said.

“I think I filled in the application as a bit of a procrastination from a few large projects which were requiring some redesign that I was putting off until that evening.’’

But he said typing up the application made him realise why he was putting in the long hours and for him it was all about family.

“I have three children six and under so work-life balance was one of the main reasons I established the business.

“Sometimes you get caught up delivering projects and working long hours so putting the entry together was a good reminder of why I started the business and to ensure I balanced my time with family.

“Winning the award was great recognition that taking the leap of faith from a well-paid job in the CBD to establish my own business was the right move.

“It made me realise that we are doing some amazing things as a small family business and being able to provide real help to the local community.’’

Being able to help out by taking his children to school made him feel as though he had the balance right while still being able to keep his clients happy.

“Winning the award probably reminds me that being small and agile is our strength and we are wary of getting too big too quick and failing to deliver the personalised service which sets us apart.”

His entry focused on some of the challenges of running a home-based business and the different approach the business took for it customers.

“Where sometimes the industry is unable to focus and deliver for individual one-off clients I made them a focus and built my business around being able to deliver for them.

“Most of my work comes from word of mouth so it’s great to have the support of the local community who have referred me to their friends and family.

“Often when you need a structural engineer it can be a stressful time, you’ve discovered your patio isn’t council approved or the sale of your house is subject to some unapproved building works being certified.

“It’s great to be able to help people in these situations.’’

The awards are organised by the Wanneroo Business Association, which this year celebrated its 20th anniversary.

PUMPNSEAL, based in Wangara, was crowned 2019 business of the year and best business: 15 and over employees and Jennie Pell, owner of Show West, was named the Mayor’s visionary business person for her contribution to business and community.

Complete Home Filtration hit the jackpot taking out the Community Vision start up of the year award and the ECU School of Business and Law innovator of the year award.

Mindarie Workshop and Auto Electrical won the Roads2000 customer service excellence award, the DevelopmentWA best business: over 5 and under 15 award along with additional celebrations for their workshop foreman David Fitzgerald who took home the title of Maxima Joblink employee of the year.

Appliance Parts Solutions walked away with the Wanneroo Times trades excellence award and CK Maloney Surveying Pty Ltd were rewarded for showing online and digital excellence.

Little Monkey Sports took home the trophy for the best business: 1 – 5 employees and The Marina Mindarie was named tourism and hospitality business of the year.