Business Growth Centre announce award finalists

Business Growth Centre announce award finalists

After receiving a high number of quality entries, the Business Growth Centre say they are pleased to announce that the finalists for the 2016 Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards have been selected.

Business Growth Centre Manager, Brett Gleeson, says they were extremely pleased with the number of outstanding entries received across all categories this year.

“In its fifth year, the Awards continue to demonstrate that many businesses in Lake Macquarie aspire to achieve excellence and the number of high quality entries received certainly validates this,” Brett said. “To be selected as an Awards finalist is a valuable recognition of a business’ accomplishments so all finalists should be extremely proud of this achievement.”

The Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards are an initiative of the Business Growth Centre. The aim of the Awards is to recognise businesses operating within the City of Lake Macquarie who provide exemplary products, services and so much more.

Entrants who demonstrated a high level of excellence in their application were selected across 13 categories focusing on areas such as branding and marketing, business systems, workforce training and development, customer service, innovation, entrepreneurship, workplace safety and sustainability. Finalists have also been selected for the three Major Awards.

Brett Stafford, owner of Woohoo Salon and winner of Business of the Year in 2015, explained to the 2016 Awards Finalists at an event last week that the winning experience starts now.

“All the finalists will have their name up in lights on the big night. And while there can only be one winner for each category, no one misses out on the winning feeling,” he said.

“These Awards are about the experience, from the start of the entry process, to well after the Awards Gala Dinner.  The submissions alone are valuable tools to help the finalists plan for success and continued growth. Each finalist now has a worthy story to tell their customers, one that is about excellence and why they are in business to begin with.”

Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner which will be held on Saturday, 23 July 2016.

A list of the 2016 Awards Finalists follows.

Excellence in Branding and Marketing


ATB Training

Design Anthology

Hunter Plastic Surgery

Excellence in Sustainable Business Practices

Donate Your Day

Total Beauty and Health

Charlestown Golf Club

Excellence in Business Systems

Green Chilli Marketing

Dynamic Business Technologies

Kent Conveyancing

Donate Your Day

Excellence in Innovation

Solar Power Australia

Throat Scope

Design Anthology

ATB Training

Excellence in Retail Practices

Michel’s Patisserie Toronto

AniPET Pet and Aquarium Warehouse

Door 34 Espresso

Total Beauty and Health

Excellence in Workforce Training and Development

Michel’s Patisserie Toronto

Kent Conveyancing

Dynamic Business Technologies

Excellence in Entrepreneurship

Sharyn Swan – Savvy Circles Network

Suzanne Felsinger – Kip McGrath Education Centre

Kylie Frearson – Property Solutions 101

Michelle Kent – Kent Conveyancing

Excellence in Customer Service by the Whole Business

Hunter Plastic Surgery

Kent Conveyancing

Michel’s Patisserie Toronto


Peter Pan Preschool

Centurion Fire and Rescue Equipment

Excellence in Customer Service by an Individual Employee

Nathan Hookway – Zimpleweb

Richard Popovski – REFCA

Michelle Kent – Kent Conveyancing

Dale Slater – Property Solutions 101

Excellence in Not for Profit / Charity

Life Education Hunter Region

Cancer Council

Hunter Home Modifications

Centre for Hope

Excellence in New Business

Everything Marine

FinBiz Advisers

Rumble Social

Khadijah Muir

Excellence in Young Entrepreneurship

Lawrence Lees – Outcast Clothing

Nathan Franks – Dynamic Business Technologies

Jennifer Holland – Throat Scope

Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety

Charlestown Caring Group

ATB Training

Total Beauty and Health

The Place: Charlestown Community Centre

Young Business Person of the Year

Jennifer Holland – Throat Scope

Joel Howlett – JD’s World of Magic

Elizabeth McGovern – Total Beauty and Health

Kendall Richards – Chester’s Pet Bakery

Business Person of the Year

Lee-Ann Holmes – The Canopy

Belinda Bow – Green Chilli Marketing

Amber Moncrieff – Hunter Plastic Surgery

Image | Brett Stafford addressing some of the Finalists at a function last week

Business Growth Centre

Established in 1998, the Business Growth Centre is a not for profit Business Enterprise Centre, Business Incubator and Registered Training Organisation.

The Business Growth Centre's purpose is to support and grow small and micro businesses in the Lake Macquarie Local Government Area. The Business Growth Centre is committed to providing quality advice, services and support to ensure ongoing growth of local businesses.

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