Champs reach milestone

Stuck On You's Jess Cotter celebrates a quarter century in a virtual party with fellow staff. (Louisa Jones) 208388_08

By Luke Voogt

Stuck On You celebrated a quarter century in business with sparklers, sombreros and colourful wigs in virtual party recently.

“People dressed up and brought balloons, cakes and ribbons,” said the company’s Jess Cotter.

“Some people had three or four hats on, it was great fun! Every time people joined the Zoom convo we had a giggle.”

The company, founded by Carrie Felton in 1995, was last year’s overall winner at the Geelong Business Excellence Awards.

Jess, Stuck On You’s marketing manager, described the win as “huge recognition” for the whole company “from peers in our own community”.

“As much as we’re global, this is where we live,” she said.

She urged other local businesses to apply for the awards, which have been postponed until October amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Don’t be put off applying,” she said.

“The process, for the most part, is online and about being creative and innovative.

“It’s a fantastic way for our city and region to understand the great work that comes out of Geelong.”

Geelong Chamber of Commerce was “really catering” for businesses adapting to the pandemic, Jess said.

The chamber has extended the deadline for submissions until July 24 for this year’s awards.

Like businesses worldwide, Stuck On You had “felt the pinch” of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially being “a school-based product”, Jess explained.

But the company had used that time to revamp its products and online offerings, she said.

“We’ve had a huge response with families around the world downloading our online activities.”

For more information regarding the awards process, entry criteria, tips and judging visit gbea.com.au.

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