2015 Award Winners

The 2015 Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards winners were announced at the Awards Gala Dinner on Saturday 11th July.

Winners across 13 categories focusing on areas such as branding & marketing, business systems, workforce training and development, customer service, innovation, entrepreneurship, workplace health and safety and sustainability were recognised for business excellence and their outstanding achievements were celebrated in style.

Three major award winners were also recognised for their business expertise, their contribution to the Lake Macquarie Business Community and their capacity to give back to the general community.

The winners are as follows:

Excellence in Branding and Marketing

Progressive Financial Planners – Warners Bay

Excellence in Sustainable Business Practices

Academy Sheet Metal – Cardiff

Excellence in Business Systems

PRD Nationwide Lake Macquarie – Warners Bay

Excellence in Innovation

Classic Blinds and Shutters – Macquarie Hills

Excellence in Retail Practices

Michel’s Patisserie – Toronto

Excellence in Workforce Training and Development

Woohoo Salon – Charlestown

Excellence in Entrepreneurship

Rachael Sheldrick – GS Mechanical – Whitebridge

Excellence in Customer Service by the Whole Business

Woohoo Salon – Charlestown

Excellence in Customer Service by an Individual Employee

Richard Windeyer – Mortgage Choice – Cardiff & Charlestown

Excellence in Not for Profit / Charity

Hunter Life Education – Edgeworth

Excellence in New Business

Splash Puppy – Marmong Point

Excellence in Young Entrepreneurship

Wade Spink – Extra Spark Electrical – Charlestown

Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety

Valentino’s Hair Retreat – Valentine

Young Business Person of the Year

Shayne Connell – Cancer Council – Charlestown

Business Person of the Year

Rachael Sheldrick – GS Mechanical – Whitebridge

Business of the Year

Woohoo Salon – Charlestown

Business Growth Centre Manager, Brett Gleeson was extremely pleased with the results:

“In its fourth year, the Awards have demonstrated that there are many businesses in Lake Macquarie who aspire to and have achieved excellence. The Gala Dinner is a celebration of these achievements and it was certainly pleasing to see so many business people come together to support their colleagues.”

The winners represent a range of business sizes and types from hairdressers to mechanics, manufacturers to professional services. These awards demonstrate that no matter how big the business is, or what the business provides, any business can demonstrate excellence across a number of functionalities and be a winner.

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