Pizza Capers recognised as a rising star at Queensland Business Review awards

Posted by Daniel Palmer on 7th November 2008

Brisbane-based gourmet pizza franchise Pizza Capers has taken out the “Rising Star Award” at Queensland Business Review’s Q400 Awards.

Pizza Capers co-owner Scott Geiszler said the award acknowledged the immense growth rate of the business which moved from the 332nd spot on the Q400 list in 2006 to number 97 this year.

“It is fantastic to know we are one Queensland’s largest businesses, it is what we strive to achieve and it’s great to be recognised for all our hard work,” he said. “We achieved a growth rate of 54 per cent in turnover in the 07/08 financial year thanks to the strength of our brand and the hard work of franchisees.”

“The pizza industry is extremely competitive and this award is a clear indicator of the successful franchising model we have in place and the demand for our good quality, gourmet pizzas, pastas and salads.”

The “Rising Star Award” has capped off a successful year for the company which was ranked 16th fastest-growing franchise by revenue in BRW’s Fast Franchises 2008, fourth in the SmartCompany Awards 2008 and 73rd in BRW’s Fast 100 2008.

“Winning these awards has been a major accomplishment for us and it is a great honour to be acknowledged by our peers and business leaders,” Mr Geiszler said. “It’s a team effort though and congratulations are due to our staff and every member of our franchisee network as they have all contributed to our continued success.”

Mr Geiszler said Pizza Capers was aiming to capture a larger slice of the Australian pizza market in the coming year, with plans to expand along the east coast of Australia as well as finding ways to appeal to a more diverse range of consumers.

“Our growth strategy over the next year will be to aggressively expand into new markets in New South Wales and Victoria. There are plenty of opportunities to expand in Australia and we plan to operate a network of 49 stores by the end of the year,” he advised. “We want to cater to a wide range of customers and we will concentrate on introducing new menu items and providing innovative ideas as well as continuing to provide excellent service levels.”

The Queensland Business Review’s annual Q400 list, now in its sixth year, recognises leading performers in the state.