Newcastle and Hunter businesses recognised in 2024 Australian Small Business Champion Awards 

Newcastle and Hunter businesses recognised in 2024 Australian Small Business Champion Awards 

Winners of the 2024 Australian Small Business Champion Awards have been crowned, with seven small business from the Newcastle and Hunter regions taking top gongs. 

The Awards specifically highlight the finest small businesses in the retail, services, and manufacturing industries. 

This year marks the 26th consecutive year of the Australian Small Business Champion Awards and its most successful year to-date, with more entries received this year than any year prior. 

Announced winners at the Awards’ National Presentation Evening Gala Events over two nights – Friday and Saturday 12-13 April 2024 – at Sydney’s The Star, each of this year’s Champions received a customised statuette trophy and certificate and gained invaluable kudos as a nationally recognised industry leader. 

The seven Newcastle and Hunter region small businesses named 2024 Australian Small Business Champion Award winners (and their categories) included:  

  • Beam Bookkeeping – Newcastle (Accounting Bookkeeping Services) 
  • Creative Sensory Spaces – Hamilton (Specialised Small Business) 
  • Farrar & Sons Bakehouse – Newcastle (Bakery) 
  • Nova Team Australia – Beresfield (Business Growth Award) 
  • Hunter Plastic Surgery – Charlestown (Cosmetic Specialist) 
  • Tailored HQ – Newcastle (Interior Designer)  
  • Lifestyle Pilates & Rehabilitation Studio – Adamstown (Yoga and Pilates Services). 

Managing Director, Katie McCool and Director, Debbie Mirisch of Beam Bookkeeping said they were honoured to receive the award and show business is booming in the Hunter Region to a national audience. 

“We are fortunate to provide bookkeeping services to a range of businesses and industries in the region and can see how dynamic the city, its representatives and community members are in fostering growth and excellence among small business,” Katie said. 

“The Hunter Region has come leaps and bounds and has become a robust network of modern industry, creative enterprise and innovation.  

“We are proud to be a symbol of that and to represent the city on a national scale, as well as be recognised for the hard work our team do daily to help our client’s businesses to flourish.” 

Dr Moncrieff and the team at Hunter Plastic Surgery said they were elated to be celebrating both their 15th business anniversary, and 26th award in total out of a sweep of local, national and global award events. 

There are many stereotypes about plastic surgery, but Dr Nick Moncrieff said what makes his practice so successful is they are all about keeping it real and clearly that was recognised by the award judges. 

“If a woman who has struggled with pain for years and wants a breast reduction or has damaged muscles after babies and wants a tummy tuck, then she should be able to get real results with a focus on safety and five-star support,” Dr. Moncrieff said. 

“Delivering that is my passion so of course it is very pleasing when independent judges review our results and patient feedback and recognise what we are able to achieve. 

Awards Founder and Managing Director of Precedent Productions, Steve Loe said they saw an estimate of 5,500 + small business submissions from a large range of cities, as well as rural and regional towns. 

“We’ve been running the Champion Awards programme since 1999 and I must say, this year’s submissions from the Newcastle and Hunter regions spoke volumes of the resilience of these small business operators during tough times,” Steve said. 

“Operating a small business today requires steadfast commitment, leadership, savviness, creativity, people skills, vision, social consciousness and a spirited drive – all elements of success that our independent judging panel pinpointed as among the key reasons for their selections of this year’s Champions. 

“I am blown away by the growth of this programme and its intensifying spotlight on the most deserving small business operators, who valiantly serve their communities and encourage us all to strive for success with ample drive, determination and fortitude. 

Hosted by Nine Presenter and Journalist, Jayne Azzopardi and attended by more than 2,000 small businesspeople, this year’s National Presentation Gala featured star-studded entertainment. 

Dami Im, Harrison Craig, Johnny Manuel and Stefanie Jones were among the red-carpet event’s headline stage acts. 

The Awards were supported by Presenting Partner the Commonwealth Bank, and Major Partners Nine Ad Manager, NOVA Employment, Castaway Forecasting, Big Clean, Xcllusive Business Sales and Boa. 

IMAGE | Beam Bookkeeping team with their Award.  

Australian Small Business Champion Awards

The Australian Small Business Champion Awards is a prestigious and comprehensive program that supports and recognises small businesses across Australia.

Offering a unique opportunity to highlight Australia's most outstanding small businesses, the awards seek to recognise the hard work that business owners contribute to the local community in generating employment for millions of Australians, as well as their contribution to the Australian economy.

The awards are the pinnacle of business success. They recognise the values associated with successful businesses.

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