The best in local innovation and service was celebrated at the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Excellence Awards.
The awards were held on Saturday, August 11 at the Esperance Civic Centre, with categories including Best New Business, Customer Service of the Year and Business of the Year.
Environmental and Cropping Technologies Australia took out Business of the Year in addition to Home Based Business of the Year and Micro Business of the Year.
New Business of the Year went to TNT Fitness, Dudley Newton Optometrists, Esperance Recovery and Wellness Centre and Feather Touch Brows Esperance.Ben Nimmo, Aaron Couzens, Mackie Bailey, Brad Landers, Rhiannon Tracey and Michaela Maloney won Customer Service Awards for 2017, while Thomas Rae, Damian Jones, Brooke Small, Jo Loffler, Ashton Bee and Sandi Twomey won the Customer Service Awards for 2018. Community Service of the Year went to the Esperance Volunteer Resource Centre.
Chamber chief executive officer Kylie Ryan congratulated all of the individuals and businesses that were represented at the awards on behalf of the chamber. “The ECCI would like to thank the Business Excellence Awards sponsors for supporting the evening and for attending to present the awards,” she said. “There were 12 Categories with 16 individuals and 18 businesses represented and it was fantastic to see that so many were able to attend the evening and were there to accept their award and give thank you speeches. “We included information about each business as part of the award presentation and it was great to hear so many attendees telling me later that they had never known about some of the businesses, or that they had known about them but didn’t know they did so much.”
Environmental and Cropping Technologies director Philip Honey said he was genuinely surprised to have won, given the calibre of the other businesses represented. Ms Ryan said the company had provided an excellent nomination to the chamber which showcased their business development, growth, contribution to their field, the region and the community, despite challenges including family illness. “Small business isn’t for the faint of heart,” she said. “It’s for the brave, the patient and the persistent. “It’s for the overcomer.”
Ms Ryan said the awards strove to not only recognise and celebrate the achievements of local and regional businesses, but also focused on raising awareness of the diversity and value of those businesses. “Our work doesn’t stop after the Business Awards evening” she said. “We will be sharing photos from the evening on our website, Facebook and Instagram pages, and also details for how you can find and how you can contact all of the businesses that were represented.”
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