A number of local businesses were recently recognised at the Australian Small Business Champion Awards, the only national recognition program dedicated to celebrating small businesses around Australia
The program aims to acknowledge outstanding Australian small businesses and encourage high standards of excellence in small business practice.
The long-awaited ceremony was held on Saturday 27 February at The ICC Sydney, with around 1,000 guests in attendance, and several local businesses were named winners on the evening.
Hunter-based businesses that were recognised include:
- Newcastle and Hunter Community Health (Newcastle West) – Professional Medical Services Award;
- The Garis Group (Hamilton) – Accounting Services Award;
- Hunter Care Group (Cardiff) – Business Growth Award;
- Ecoline (Tuggerah) – Specialised Small Business Award; and
- SAGE Painting (Merewether) – Trade Services Award.
Each business received an award statuette, certificate and has gained national recognition as a leader in their industry.
Local winners, Newcastle and Hunter Community Health said it was such a thrilling surprise to be acknowledged nationally for their dedication, commitment, and hard work in the medical sector.
“We were extremely proud to be recognised as a finalist. To hear our business being called out as a winner is an experience we will never forget,” Managing Director, Alison McQueen recalls.
“Last year was a difficult year for so many businesses, and especially those who are front line workers providing essential care and services to keep their community safe and healthy.
“Keeping in mind the safety of our team, and above all else the safety of our clients, has been our priority from day one – I believe it is this continuous commitment to quality care that see us standing today with this award.”
Managing Director of Precedent Productions and Founder of the Awards, Steve Loe said in a year that was plagued by a pandemic and saw many small businesses struggle, it was rewarding to celebrate those who overcame adversity to come out the other side.
“The Australian Small Business Champion Awards is a way to recognise the efforts of small business people whose efforts contribute to the prosperity and vitality of communities across Australia,” Steve said.
“As a small business owner myself, I know the vision and dedication to excellence required to succeed. These traits have been displayed in abundance by all of our 2020 Small Business Champions,” he concluded.
The Awards were presented by Precedent Productions, a small business in its own right, and supported by Major Sponsors, NOVA Employment, Castaway Forecasting and Big Clean.