The Contractor of the Year Award showcases contracting excellence including high levels of technical expertise, innovation and customer service.

Sponsored by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air Conditioning Australia, there are three outstanding finalists competing for this award.

Clifford Wilson is the founder & director of Clifford Wilson Mechanical Services in Brisbane. Prior to establishing his business 23 years ago, Clifford was employed at AE Smith & Sons. The company is well known for high standards of workmanship and a has a reputation for outstanding results in commercial and industrial projects. Customers include Suncorp, Nestle and Energex.

Nick Butler is the director of Southern Aircon & Refrigeration in Canberra. Nick began his career as a technician and set up his own business in 2007 in Batemans Bay. Solid growth forced Nick to expand his horizons and set up shop in Canberra in 2010. The business has been thriving ever since.

Mitchell Cousins is the owner and director of Coles Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, a contracting business in Newcastle that has been trading for more than 80 years. It was founded by the late Sidney Harold Cole, the son of a British mechanical engineer who came to Australia in the 1880’s to establish Adelaide’s first meat chilling plant. Mitchell began his career as a technican and today is in the process of undergoing a major business expansion.

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