Photo: Ainsleigh SheridanTHERE are times when calling the Highlands home conjures a sense of pride and one such occasion was the Local Business Awards.
Southern Highland News and Highlands Post drove the awards for 21 years up until 2014. They were established to recognise and celebrate the hard work and dedication of many people who deliver valuable business in the region.
This year the awards were passed onto Precedent Productions, an expert in the field of running similar awards throughout Sydney and regional NSW. It was a big step to hand over something we had been involved with since day one, but it was a decision made to reinvigorate the event and ensure new, independent judges from outside the region would come to see what we already knew – this region has many wonderful businesses, business people and staff.
The decision to hand the awards over was made easier because we were able to continue our connection with the event as media partners – through our newspapers, website and Facebook page we directed the community to the Precedent website to vote for their favourite business.
The message came through loud and clear with 4549 people nominating and voting for 243 businesses. As media partners we also had the pleasure of celebrating many of these businesses in the form of a promotional feature identifying the finalists a week out from the awards night.
A sell-out crowd of 400 people packed Mittagong RSL to find out who would take home the category awards and the three big awards of the night – Businessman, Businesswoman and overall Business of the Year. A scan of those in attendance made it clear that worthy recipients were in abundance and represented an impressive mix of business people and their staff from across the shire.
While not everyone walked away with a trophy the somewhat cliched phrase “it is a honour to be nominated” has never been more true. Each and every nominee and finalist is a winner in their own right because there are so many people in this community – at least 4549 – who wanted them to be recognised for what they do.
A huge congratulations goes to the category and overall winners and the nominees.
The message is clearly out there that we have many wonderful businesses and this community is eager to celebrate them.
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