Business toasts success at 2022 Hunter Business Awards night

Business toasts success at 2022 Hunter Business Awards night

Business organisations and individual achievers from across the Hunter were awarded and recognised at the Business Hunter 2022 Hunter Business Awards, sponsored by the University of Newcastle at NEX on Friday 26 August.

It was a year in which resilience and innovation inevitably featured prominently in the judges’ deliberations.

Awards were presented in 17 categories before a crowd of 500 people at a ceremony that celebrated business resilience and success after another tough year for many of the regions industry sectors.

Justin Hales was named Business Leader of the Year in recognition of building one of the largest RV rental companies in Australia but also for developing the concept, design, and technical roadmap to deliver a solution for the RV rental industry.

CEO of Maroba Aged Care, Viv Alanson was recognised for her outstanding advocacy and support for the Aged Care sector, a sector impacted and challenged more than most others by the COVID pandemic.

Out of the Square were recognised for their support for local entrepreneurial businesses and extensive championing of community causes, which includes pro bono campaigns promoting businesses and the region.

The Young Business Leader Award, awarded to to Scott Lynch, recognises his journey to establish Community Therapy an organisation started in 2017 to serve the needs for better community and allied health access across and now beyond the Hunter Region. The organisation services more than 2,000 homes each week and has grown to a team of over 90 people.

The inaugural Hunter Business of the Year winner was taken out by the Hi-Vis Group. This award is judged as a winner of the winners in business categories across the program.

Hi-Vis was recognised for its growth to become one of Australia’s largest manufacturers of road, safety and specialty custom signage and safety products. The family owned and operated business continues with its innovation, combining technological advances and sustainability into its practices which set it apart from other business category winners. Hi-Vis also took out the winners’ tag for Excellence in Sustainability and Excellence in Large Business award categories.

Business Hunter President, Tony Rhodes congratulated all winners and finalists on their determination, commitment, and entrepreneurship in what has been another challenging year for business owners and operators.

“Winning a Hunter Business Award in any year is a significant achievement and we must recognise the real challenges many businesses have faced over the last two years,” Tony said.

“For the Awards to attract so many quality entries was a real delight and surprise and a gauge on confidence for the prospects of the region looking ahead.

“The past twelve months for businesses have demanded flexibility, versatility, courage, and innovative thinking when you think back on the circumstances that have influenced and impacted the business environment.

“The admirable qualities reflected in all the finalists represented in our Awards collectively demonstrate the strength and resilience of our diverse business community right across the Hunter.”

Innovative clothing manufacturer, Borne Clothing won the award for Excellence in Micro Business and Aussie Ark took out the Small Business Award in recognition of their commitment to the long-term future for Australian threatened wildlife.

The Outstanding Community Organisation Award went to Home in Place (formerly Compass Housing), now one of the largest non-government providers of subsidised housing in Australia.

The Excellence in Export award was taken out by Batrium, a young company that creates lithium battery monitoring systems sold around the world to 54 different countries.

Resourceful Living, a company that recycles post-consumer plastic waste into brand new products took out the Outstanding Start Up Award.

The Excellence in Innovation Award was won by Saphi Engineering for their work in technical integration on Australia’s first microclimate control project.

The Employer of Choice Award went to PKF Sydney and Newcastle based on innovative and considered actions to ensure employee wellbeing through the worst of COVID.

Muswellbrook Chamber of Industry and Commerce won the Local Chamber of Commerce Award for its continued and growing support for businesses in the Muswellbrook community.


IMAGE | Business organisations and individual achievers from across the Hunter were awarded and recognised at the Business Hunter 2022 Hunter Business Awards.

Business Hunter

Business Hunter is the new name for the organisation formerly known as the Hunter Business Chamber. We are the largest regional peak business group in Australia, representing members across all business and industry sectors. Business Hunter is a not-for-profit member organisation dedicated to connecting people in business with what they need to succeed.

We have been the voice of business in the Hunter since 1886. Our members are part of a network of more than 2,500 businesses across the region. That network includes members of 20 aligned local chambers across 10 local government areas, stretching from the Mid North Coast to Lake Macquarie and inland to Scone. From main-street retailers to ASX 100 corporates, our member businesses power Australia's strongest regional economy. 

The name Business Hunter was adopted in February 2020 to better reflect the vibrant and diverse businesses the organisation represents. The new name also aligns with our affiliates Business NSW and Business Australia.

Business Hunter has been through a number of name changes; what has never changed is our commitment to helping our members do business better, to drive growth and prosperity in the Hunter region.

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