Kit homemaker builds new market to win small business award

iBuild Building Solutions innovative approach to combating flagging sales during the pandemic has seen the building firm win the Small Business Award at the 59th Australian Export Awards.

The Small Business Award is for companies whose annual sales do not exceed $10 million.

While traditionally building modular and kit homes for the Australian market, Victoria’s lockdowns meant iBuild could no longer operate its Mulgrave demonstration homes.

Instead of shutting down, the company pivoted during the pandemic, improving its digital presence, and pioneered 3D walkthroughs with much success.

Minister Tehan said that he was in awe of all winners this year, who he believed should all be commended for their ability to adapt and excel during a once-in-a-century global pandemic.

“Every business tonight is an exemplar of the Australian spirit, our dedication and ingenuity. Australians never shy away from adversity and their willingness to carry on is an inspiration to us all,” Mr Tehan said.

“Together, these businesses have contributed more than $6.2 billion in export earnings to the Australian economy and employ more than 17,700 people.”

Managing Director of iBuild Jackson Yin says while iBuild has traditionally concentrated on modular and kit homes for the Australian market, but by reinventing itself online, the company has attracted a new raft of overseas customers.

“The online investment immediately bore fruit with a multi-million-dollar contract in Senegal contributing to a German foreign aid project.

Now delivering buildings to customers around the globe in the South Pacific and West Africa, the company has now also secured a place as an approved tender supplier with the United Nations.

“We’re a building company that adapted to new situation and invested in boosting our digital presence and improving our search engine optimization – It’s something that has expanded our business beyond Australia.”

The annual Australian Export Awards are presented by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), in collaboration with the states and territories.

Full information on Winners and Finalists can be found at:

Source: Australian Government