The ever-evolving hospitality and tourism industry was the overall winner at the 2017 Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards that showcases businesses in the pursuit of business excellence and customer experience within the valley.
Business of the Year went to Remington Motor Inn, the only 4.5 star accommodation and dining venue in Muswellbrook. It was a close race between the four finalists that included Conveyancing Services of Adamstown, Jezweb of Wallsend and Genea Newcastle of Merewether.
These businesses received the highest overall scores due to their first-class operations, excellent customer service and outstanding products and services.
More than 40 businesses from across the Hunter Valley competed for the four major awards and 15 category awards at the Cessnock Leagues Club on Friday, September 22.
The awards are the initiative of Hunter Region Business Hub. This year, the not-for-profit organisation, known as Hunter Region Business Enterprise Centre turned 25 and celebrated its milestone with a rebrand to Hunter Region Business Hub, The Hub.
The Hub’s Manager, Kerry Hallett said each year she was amazed by the quality of businesses that entered the awards.
“This year was no exception. All of the 60 finalists were exceptional businesses in their overall operations, service, products, presentation and customer service,” Kerry said.
“On the night, it was great to see everyone – businesses owners, staff, supporters and sponsors – mingling, connecting and supporting each other.
“In our 24th year, we are the Hunter Valley’s longest running awards. Our awards continue to demonstrate the resilience, confidence and professionalism in our local economy. We are grateful for the organisations that sponsor and support us, so we are able to keep this tradition going.
“And next year, the awards will celebrate its silver anniversary. We encourage any organisation in the region that wants to showcase its business excellence and success to enter.
“We know there are many good businesses in our region through those that enter the awards, however, we also know that is only fraction of the organisations pursing excellence in the region.”
Major winners of the awards included:
- Business of the Year – Remington Motor Inn
- Business Leader of the Year – Shane Fox of Merchant Business Brokers Pty Ltd
- Business Woman of the Year – Natalie Mason of Conveyancing Services
- Young Entrepreneur – Luke Ahearn of Thread and Ink
IMAGE | Winners of Business of the Year at the 2017 Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards, Remington Motor Inn.
The Hunter Region Business Hub, located in Kurri Kurri, New South Wales is one of over 30 community-based Business Enterprise Centres (BEC) operating Australia wide. The Hub supports new and existing micro, small and medium businesses with practical assistance including digital, business planning, marketing, budgeting and cash flow.
Created as a result of an initiative from local businesses in conjunction with Cessnock and Maitland City Council to drive economic development. The Hub services Maitland, Cessnock, Dungog, Singleton, Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter Local Government Areas.
All support is independent, confidential and affordable. The Hub can assist with the establishment of new small business enterprises, as well as existing small to medium enterprises who are experiencing issues, want to grow, or just want to be better. Businesses can also take advantage of our business workshops and information seminars.
The Hub houses 32 units in office, commercial and light industrial premises, offering economical, easy-leasing arrangements.