THE winners of the 2018 Sunshine Coast Business Awards have been announced at a gala celebration attended by more than 600 guests at Novotel Twin Waters Resort. The winners were selected from over 200 finalists and received awards for 15 business categories, Business of the Year and the Hall of Fame.
In congratulating each of the finalists and winners, Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said it was an honour to be involved in an event that celebrates local businesses and their contribution to our healthy, smart, creative region.
“Our Sunshine Coast continues to be home to some of the best businesses nationally and internationally.
“I know that success does not always come overnight, so I applaud the tenacity, dedication and commitment of the business people across our region; without them, the Sunshine Coast would not be experiencing the success it is today.
“We have one of the strongest performing regional economies in Queensland with local businessescontributing to employment growth and our region’s sustainability now and for future generations,” he said.
Sunshine Coast Business Awards Chair Jennifer Swaine said the Awards were bigger and better this year than ever before and feedback from judges about the focus on outstanding service, growth and quality was extremely positive.
“It’s very inspiring to see so many businesses apply for the region’s most prestigious business awards and undergo the process of examining their strengths and achievements,” she said.
“It’s also exciting to learn that the 2019 Queensland Tourism Awards will be held locally next year, a coup for our region and our many dynamic tourism businesses helping put the sector on the map.”
Visit Sunshine Coast has announced that Queensland’s major tourism awards will be hosted locally next year as a significant recognition of the Sunshine Coast’s industry leadership, growth and increasingly globalprofile.
Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington said the awards are a great celebration of the region’s business strength.
“I understand that this year’s awards received a record number of entries; which is certainly an indication of business confidence across our region,” he said.
The highest scoring business across all categories was named Business of the Year and this year it was Bli Bli Riverside Retreat.
Just some of the category winners included Noosa Food & Wine Festival for the festivals and events category; Helimods for Manufacturing; the Ginger Factory for attractions; RACV Noosa Resort for Accommodation; OfficeHQ for Professional Services; Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) for social enterprise; Kawana Waters State College for education and training; and The Fleet Office for building and construction.
Three leading regional businesses were inducted into the Hall of Fame this year – Australia Zoo, The Compass Institute and Typefi. All have won their category in consecutive years.
Susan Toft, Project Manager, Sunshine Coast Business Awards – 0447 242 795 Rebecca Grisman, Media Manager – 0438 797613