Local businesses win big at this year’s Hunter Business Awards

Local businesses win big at this year’s Hunter Business Awards

19 winners and over 50 finalists have been celebrated at Business Hunter’s annual Hunter Business Awards for 2023, recognising the most inspiring organisations and individuals across the Hunter Valley.

Recognising the Hunter’s finest professionals in a broad range of categories the evening included an array of entertainment and formal proceedings.

Acting Business Hunter CEO, Sheena Martin said the annual award gala honours businesses that have redefined success through exemplary contributions.

“It’s reassuring that a growing number of businesses have success and achievements to share,” Sheena said.

“It’s indicative of the tremendous resilience, innovative spirit and capacity for problem-solving that exists within the region.”

Among the local businesses recognised, The Marketing GP took out Employer of Choice <20 employees, recognised for their workplace culture and contributions to the community.

Managing Director of The Marketing GP, Holly Martin, said that the award win was a pleasant surprise for the whole team.

“Taking out the award for employer of choice is a real honour and something we are extremely proud of,” Holly said.

“Working in the marketing space, we are always working with our clients to enter them in awards and have their successes recognised and celebrated.

“Rarely, do we put our own hat in the ring, this is a good reminder for us to take the time to stop and take stock of what we are doing – and then put in a submission for relevant awards!”

Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) were another business awarded on the night, taking out the Hunter Water Love Water award.

Crowning the win was CIG’s Recycled Water Project, which saves 275 million litres of drinking water each year – or the annual water usage of just over 1,700 residential homes.

Hunter Water Managing Director, Darren Cleary congratulated all three finalists for their work in conserving our most precious resource.

“NCIG, Ingenia Holiday Parks and The Wests Group are demonstrating that it’s smart business to love water,” Darren said.

“By working with Hunter Water, these organisations play an important role in saving water for our community. Something that’s especially important as we move into a drier climate over summer.

“The savings they have made are an example for everyone of how we can all play our part to save water in and around our homes and businesses.”

Another key category was Contribution to the region, which is focused on the ways that local businesses can give back to the Hunter community, and was awarded to PKF Sydney and Newcastle.

Partner at PKF, Clayton Hickey said the team feels a deep sense of appreciation for receiving the award.

“At PKF, we recognise the significance of making a positive influence on the community we have the privilege of doing business in, and this continues to drive us in our pursuit of creating meaningful change,” Clayton said.

“Even better, our whole team gets involved, making this a critical part of our DNA.”

The full list of winners includes:

Outstanding Community Organisation

Singleton Neighbourhood Centre

Outstanding Start Up

Hey Zomi

Excellence in Sustainability


Excellence in Innovation

Hi-Vis Group

Hunter Water Love Water

Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group

Excellence in Small Business


Excellence in Large Business

Hi-Vis Group 

President’s Award

Richard Jones OAM of Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

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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