Macleay business owners packed the South West Rocks Country Club on Saturday night for the annual 2019 Macleay Valley Business Awards, hosted by the Macleay Valley Business Chamber and presented by Coastline Credit Union.
The event is a chance for local businesses to shine and to receive recognition for the work they do in the community, with 25 awards handed out across two categories.
Macleay Valley Business Chamber executive officer Lisa McPherson said the event was a big success.
"It was a full house at the South West Rocks Country Club. The venue was great for the event, everyone really enjoyed it," she said.
"The atmosphere was great and it was good to see some new additions to businesses in the Macleay Valley being acknowledged on the night."
The level of excellence awards were decided by a panel of judges while the local industry awards involved a combination of public voting by other businesses and judges scores.
Ms McPherson said without the sponsors the event wouldn't go ahead and on behalf of the Macleay Valley Business Chamber, she thanked all of the sponsors for their contribution.
"A big thank you goes out to our sponsors, they are so generous and they ensure the Business Awards are an annual event in the Macleay," she said.
"Local businesses do a lot for our community and it's great to have an event where we can recognise and celebrate the businesses and the work they do in the community."
Businesses who received awards on the night are:
NSW Business Chamber Aligned Awards:
Excellence in Business - Winner: South West Rocks Country Club
Employer of Choice - Winner: Kempsey Shire Council
Excellence in Micro Business - Winner: Kirstie's Skinsational
Excellence in Small Business - Winner: Hat Head Bowling and Recreation Club
Excellence in Sustainability - Winner: Eversons Food Processors
Excellence in Social Enterprise - Winner: Macleay Options Inc
Outstanding Business Leader - Winner: Gavan Landini, Macleay Options Inc
Outstanding Young Entrepreneur - Winner: Lauren Reichel, Valley Electrical Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Outstanding Young Employee - Winner: Lachlan Townsend, Coastline Credit Union Ltd
Excellence in Innovation - Winner: Kempsey Macleay RSL Club
Start Up Superstar - Winner: Sweet Blossom Floral Design
Local Recognition Awards:
Excellence in Tourism, Accomodation and Hospitality - Winner: Slim Dusty Centre Pty Ltd, Highly Commended: South West Rocks Country Club
Excellence in Retail Service - Winner: Central Kempsey IGA, Highly Commended: Mahalo Interiors
Excellence in Professional Services - Winner: Coastal Wealth Directions, Highly Commended: Octec Limited
Excellence in Trades and Industry - Winner: Eversons Food Processors, Highly Commended: Hotondo Homes Kempsey
Excellence in Agriculture - Winner: P & K Hand, Highly Commended: Blueberry Greens
Excellence in Professional Services - Winner: Kempsey Shire Council, Highly Commended: Macleay Options Inc
Excellence in Health, Beauty and Wellbeing - Winner: Saltwater Hairstyles, Highly Commended: Rocks Beauty Therapy
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