After COVID-19 cancelled last years night of nights, the Macleay Valley Business Awards returned in 2021 with an absolute bang.
Held at South West Rocks Country Club, some of the Macleay's best businesses were recognised for their efforts in what has been a tough period due to COVID.
Bucket Brewery, Furhill Pet Boarding, Oakland Race Products, Key Employment featured heavily.
Macleay Options Inc were the most successful on the night, taking out a highly commended in professional services award and excellence in business.
Employee Emily Jade Loveday was announced outstanding young business leader.
"Macleay Options next year will be celebrating about 60 years of conception," Macleay Options Inc general manager James Mainey said in his acceptance speech for excellence in business.
"We as a company are very focused on our clients and more importantly our staff."
Almost every owner, manager or employee who accepted an award re-enforced the importance of community support and the tireless work of their staff.
"Without [the support of] others, you're not going to get anywhere," Emma Mitchell, owner of Ironstone and Co, said after receiving the excellence in retail service award.
- Outstanding start up - Furhill Pet Boarding and Oakland Park Race Products
- Highly commended health, beauty and wellbeing - Furhill Pet Boarding
- Excellence in health, beauty and wellbeing - Mirror Mirror Hair Lounge
- Excellence in innovation - Key Employment
- Highly commended professional services - Kempsey PCYC
- Excellence in professional services - Team Spirit Sports
- Outstanding employee - Timothy James Squires - Key Employment
- Highly commended agriculture - Burrawong Gaian Poultry
- Excellence in agriculture - Blueberry Greens
- Outstanding community organisation - Macleay Vocational College
- Highly commended trades and industry - Painted Blue Coffee Roasters
- Excellence in trades and industry - Bucket Brewery
- Outstanding business leader - Gary Scott Regional Finance Solutions
- Outstanding young business leader - Emily Jade Loveday Macleay Options Inc
- Highly commended professional services - Macleay Options Inc
- Excellence in professional services - Key Employment
- Recognition award in sustainability - PowerLogic
- Recognition in small business - Pilot Station Pizza
- Highly commended retail service - Oakland Park Race Productsand Echo Voice and Data
- Excellence in retail service - Ironstone and Co
- Excellence in micro business - Bucket Brewery
- Highly commended tourism, accommodation and hospitality - South West Rocks Country Club
- Excellence in tourism, accommodation and hospitality - Malt & Honey
- Outstanding employer of choice - Kempsey Shire Council
- Excellence in business - Macleay Options Inc
The night also featured a sneak peek video into an upcoming tourism campaign for the Upper Macleay, run by Kempsey Shire Council.
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