Published on Oct 8, 2018
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Excellence and Success
In its 25th year, they are the longest running awards in the Hunter. They showcase the region’s businesses that provide outstanding products and services, and are achieving excellence and success.
They have become an important symbol of success, one which local businesses aspire to receive.
For some businesses, especially those just starting out, a win in these awards delivers marketplace respect, often cementing their place as a legitimate enterprise.
The selection process is rigorous with each nominee having to complete what is essentially a business plan. Applications are then assessed by a team of judges. In addition candidates also received a visit or phone call from a mystery shopper judge who evaluates the customer experience.
The applicants are judged on customer service, knowledge, presentation of personnel and premises, and the effectiveness of the website.
Ms Hallett from the Hunter Region Business HUB said. “This is not a popularity contest, winners are chosen based on their business credentials.”
Congratulations to the 2018 winners which include:
Business of the Year – Genea Newcastle Pty Ltd
Business Leader of the Year – Andrew Beattie
Business Woman of the Year – Simone Palfreyman
Young Entrepreneur – Samantha Nicholls
Category Awards – Local
- Trades & Industry – Coalfields Climate Control Pty Ltd, Greta
- General Business – Hunter Pet Motel, Elderslie
- Aboriginal Business – McAllister Legal Services, Kurri Kurri
- Customer Service – whole of business – Cessnock Performing Arts Centre
To see the entire list of winners.