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SKM engineering firm tops BRW business awards

Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) — a global engineering and project delivery company — has been named 2009 winner of the Business Review Weekly (BRW) Private Business of the Year award in the under-$100 million category.

SKM was also a finalist in the categories of customer service, community practices and success in trading overseas.

Launched in 2008, the annual BRW Private Business of the Year awards program recognises achievements of private businesses in Australia.

Accepting the award in Sydney, SKM chairman, Peter Scott, said the firm’s global success had exceeded the wildest expectations of its founders.

“In 1964, Bruce Sinclair and Jack Knight had a grand vision of creating a large business that would one day employ 35 people,” he said.

“SKM now employs more than 6,500 people across seven continents to help shape some of the world’s most important infrastructure projects.”

SKM’s vision is to become a top 10 global design and delivery firm, aligning growth with the expansion of clients’ operations, according to Scott.

“The challenge for a firm like ours is to remain relevant in a global sense and that means having world-leading skills in line with our common purpose, to deliver a positive and enduring impact on the world,” he said.

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