The awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the efforts and achievements of the diverse
and dedicated Sunshine Coast business community. Businesses and individuals are encouraged to
nominate a business or person that they believe excels at what they do or to self-nominate.
In a gala ceremony held at Palmer Coolum Resort on Saturday 16 Nov ember over 700 guests recognised the region’s brightest business stars at the 19th Sunshine Coast Business Awards. The 26 winners, chosen from 137 finalists received their awards across individual, business and special categories.
Guests were treated to a cocktail party complete with spectacular, live entertainment before then sitting down to hear the winners’ names being announced by HOT 91.1FM’s Sami Muirhead. The night was completed with a purpose made nightclub where guests danced the night away and celebrated their success. It’s not just about the winners – to be a finalist is a proud achievement indeed!
Finalists hailed from all over the coast with the winners’ business interests demonstrating the diversity of companies operating in the region. As well as the more traditional tourism, manufacturing and retail businesses, a radiology clinic, a pet treat manufacturer, a Feijoa fruit farm, a cheese factory, a theme park and an exporter of Aquarium technology amongst others took their place on the winner’s podium.
Spokesperson for the organisers of the awards, Ross Hepworth said that although the awards were now in their 19th year that their popularity and relevance remained as strong as ever.
“With thanks to our sponsors and event team, yet again we’ve been able to showcase the substantial level of talent that exists in our business community and have some fun along the way.
“Each year we hear stories from the finalists regarding how the awards process has generated new business ideas, new connections, new opportunities and served as a health check on their business. This is precisely why it’s so important to provide a region-wide forum where we can gather to celebrate business success.
“As well as the range of well established and highly successful winners, this year we’ve been delighted to present a special Encouragement Award to our youngest ever SCBA finalist, 13 year old school-girl, Samara Wellbourne. Samara is a published author and a manufacturer of Enchanted Fairy Houses and we thank her for bringing a little bit of magic to our 2013 event,” Ross said.