BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Caroline Vielle with Business of the Year winner Sharla Watson, Trena Waugh and Layton Waugh from Farmer and Sun.
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Caroline Vielle with Business of the Year winner Sharla Watson, Trena Waugh and Layton Waugh from Farmer and Sun. Philippe Coquerand

240 people, 43 finalists, 22 winners at 2018 Business Awards

THE 2018 Gympie's Business Awards have been hailed the best yet, with more than 240 people attending at the Civic Centre on Saturday night, were 22 winners were recognised out of 43 finalists.

Farmer and Sun was crowned Business of the Year, with Aesthete Film and Photography winning Judges' Choice, and Victory College winning People's Choice.

CLICK HERE: For full list of winners and runners-up and gallery of photos from the night

Gympie Chamber of Commerce president Ben Riches said he was impressed with the array of nominations across the region's business sector.

 

Brett Costin from Victory College, which took out the People's Choice Award at the 2018 Business Awards.
Brett Costin from Victory College, which took out the People's Choice Award at the 2018 Business Awards. Philippe Coquerand

"I'd like to thank all the businesses for getting behind the event, we have amazing businesses so it's great to see them celebrate each other's hard work," he said.

"It's the biggest turn-out that I know of, there was definitely an extra 50 people from last year which is good."

The judging panel comprised Jason Virtue, Michele Perrett, Scott Rowe and Lynne Wilbraham.

Mrs Perrett said it had not been easy to judge the awards night, with such strong nominations presented.

"It was very challenging but extremely rewarding on our judge's behalf that we were able to participate as the judges for this great community," Mrs Perrett said.

 

WINNERS: Nick and Ashleigh Hamilton from Hamilton Instruments Electrical took out the Small Business Award.
WINNERS: Nick and Ashleigh Hamilton from Hamilton Instruments Electrical took out the Small Business Award. Philippe Coquerand

"I see there were 43 finalists who were here on Saturday night, so I think it's a true commitment to hat the Gympie community showcases."

Mr Virtue said he was excited to see so many businesses on board.

"There's many businesses in Gympie that are taking advantage of the challenges and opportunities that are coming our way," he said.

"We've seen a lot of them participating in the program this year, it was wonderful to see the talent and the creativity we've got out there in Gympie."

 

Paul and Sue Vella from Velmec Automotive were runners-up in the Small Business Award.
Paul and Sue Vella from Velmec Automotive were runners-up in the Small Business Award. Philippe Coquerand

The business awards are a vital component to the Gympie region, Mrs Perrett said.

"They are extremely important and it's a credit to the Chamber of Commerce to actually initiate and to host an event of this magnitude to reward those businesses for all their hard work."

"It's really rewarding to see where they've come from and what their plans are for the future."

 

Sherie Willis from A Beautiful You took out the Marketing award on Saturday night.
Sherie Willis from A Beautiful You took out the Marketing award on Saturday night. Philippe Coquerand

Award winners:

Winners and Runner-ups:

Educator: Gympie State High School won, Victory College runner-up

Not for Profit: Hope Reins won, Job Match runner-up

 

WINNERS: Jacaranda Dental took out the Work Place of Choice award at the 2018 Business Awards on Saturday night. From left Adam and Sam Bradshaw with Sharlene Makin from Roadcraft. (Sponsor)
WINNERS: Jacaranda Dental took out the Work Place of Choice award at the 2018 Business Awards on Saturday night. From left Adam and Sam Bradshaw with Sharlene Makin from Roadcraft. (Sponsor) Philippe Coquerand

Work place of Choice: Jacaranda Dental won, Next Generation Electrix runner-up

 

WINNERS: Kayla Pienaar, Helen Warburton and Jacqueline Soden and in front row Andrew McCarthy won the tourism award. They represent the Rainbow Beach Horse Rides company and were presented at the 2018 Business Awards on Saturday night.
WINNERS: Kayla Pienaar, Helen Warburton and Jacqueline Soden and in front row Andrew McCarthy won the tourism award. They represent the Rainbow Beach Horse Rides company and were presented at the 2018 Business Awards on Saturday night. Philippe Coquerand

Tourism Award: Rainbow Beach Horse Rides won, Cooloola Berries runner-up

 

Smart Sinks took out the Business Innovation award. Craig Hanson with Leslie Hanson and Sharon Hansen at the Business Awards.
Smart Sinks took out the Business Innovation award. Craig Hanson with Leslie Hanson and Sharon Hansen at the Business Awards. Philippe Coquerand

Business Innovation: Smart Sinks won, Gympie Podiatry runner-up

Marketing: A Beautiful You won, Agents2Go runner-up

Small business: Hamilton Instruments and Electrical won, Velmec Automotive runner-up

New business: Branch and Blossom won, Kandanga Kitchen runner-up

Customer service hero: Adam Randell from Velmec Automotive won, Gingers Farm Fresh runner-up

Business of the year: Farmer and Sun won, Jacaranda Dental runner-up

Judges Choice: Aesthete Film and Photography - Jazmyn Smith

People's Choice Awards: Victory College won

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