THE SHOWROOM, MINGARA | Saturday 27th August 2016



    10 months ago | Posted by CCBEA

    In a sensational and at times 'disruptive' night at Mingara Recreation Centre, Reliance GP Super Clinic climbed the summit and was announced as 2016 Business of the Year. In a first for the Awards, Reliance GP Super Clinic did not secure an individual category win but similar to the English Premier League and the Tour de France, it was the aggregate total that saw them take the overall honours.

    Guests were greeted on arrival by a string quartet dressed in punk clothing in the first display of disruption and this theme was on display all through the Gala event.

    Awards co-founder and Director Kerry Ruffels said, “The plan was to produce an evening where we challenged our perceptions of what works and what defies convention. The power to disrupt is all about coaxing the unexpected and rewarding those who venture into unfamiliar territory.” Mr Ruffels added, “I think we achieved what we set out to do and without doubt one of the ‘highlights’ of the night was the ‘hot-pink’ bread roll. Guests were unsure whether it was edible, thus the ‘disruption’ was in full swing”.

    The Central Coast Youth Orchestra provided some outstanding entertainment under the watchful eye of Patrick Brennan and 17 year old Tiana Young stunned the audience with her vocal performances. Guests were also treated to exquisite and powerful dancing by members of the Village Performing Arts Central Coast Studios.

    The Awards produced some great stories and our 2016 winners now join our Awards Alumni.

    Reliance GP Super Clinic achieved outstanding results in Employer of Choice, Excellence in Business [20+ full time employees] and Excellence in Business Ethics.

    The night was somewhat dominated by businesses in Health and Care Industry’s with Riverside Dental Spa winning Excellence in Small Business and Home Instead Senior Care taking out Excellence in Business.

    Australian Reptile Park General Manager, Timothy Faulkner was successful in the Young Business Executive category whilst Life Time Achievement was bestowed on Walker Bros. Timber & Building Supplies


    11 months ago | Posted by CCBEA
    For the 6th consecutive year we have received a record number of entries for the Mercedes-Benz Gosford Central Coast Business Excellence Awards, making the task of judging even more difficult.

    The Coast’s future looks extremely bright, as interest in both Young Business Executive and Young Entrepreneur categories was exceptional.

    The Excellence in Small Business category always attracts huge interest and this year Excellence in Manufacturing will see our tightest contest yet.

    Once again, those applying, represent a diverse group of industries and with competition for customers as fierce as any Olympic competition the battles within categories has been equally fierce.

    A capacity audience including the recently re-elected Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks MP, the Coasts newest member, the Federal Member for Dobell Emma McBride MP, NSW Senator Deb O’Neill and state members, the Member for Swansea Yasmin Catley MP, Member for The Entrance David Mehan MP, Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP and the Member for Wyong David Harris MP.

    The Awards will be announced Saturday 27 August at the Show Room Mingara and organisers have a fabulous night planned where the expected will be the unexpected. The Awards celebration has a ‘disruptive’ theme and guests are invited to wear ‘creative black tie’ as a disruptive element to the standard black tie dress code.

    For all ticket enquiries contact Kerry Ruffels on 0410 494999 or
  • Excellence. Excel. Exquisite. Eminence. Entries.

    1 year ago | Posted by CCBEA

    Has your business attained excellence, excelled, been exquisite or achieved par excellence over the past twelve months or more?  If so, we want your entry.


    Entries are now open in the 6th Annual Mercedes-Benz Gosford Central Coast Business Excellence Awards and if you have attained excellence, excelled, been exquisite or achieved par excellence we do want your entry.

    The Coast’s premier business event will be held in the Show Room, Mingara, 27 August 2016 and is a showcase of the best in business.  Fifteen Awards will be presented including Young Entrepreneur, Excellence in Small Business, Employer of Choice and Excellence in Manufacturing.

    Our alliance with the Central Coast NSW Business Chamber continues to strengthen and the key advantage is only one nomination form needs to be completed to possibly qualifying you for all three levels of Awards; local chamber, regional and state.  Winners at local chamber level automatically qualify for these Awards [Regional] and winners of the regional Award gain automatic entry to the NSW Business Chamber Awards. Nominations are welcome from non-chamber and chamber members.  

    Who will step up to the winner’s podium in 2016?  Last year proved to be a huge success for Koala Publishing who won Employer of Choice before being announced as our fifth annual Business of the Year.  

    Nominations close 11.55pm 1st July, 2016.  Please note nominees can enter direct to the Mercedes-Benz Gosford Central Coast Business Excellence Awards [CCBEA] or via their local Chamber awards program.  If you do enter your local Chamber awards please be aware you cannot then enter for the same award at CCBEA.  Only the winners proceed.

    Ticket sales are open and for regular updates check out our dedicated Facebook page or Twitter, Instagram and Linked IN accounts or contact Kerry Ruffels on 0410 494999 or 


    2 years ago | Posted by CCBEA

    Fountaindale based company Koala Publishing takes out one of the most hotly contested Awards in Employer of Choice before going on to be announced as the 2015 Business of the Year.

    Koala Publishing at CCBEA 2015

    The announcement was met with huge applause, as it became known their founder Tony Grieve only recently passed away. Her General Manager Reuben Machin spoke on behalf of his fellow staff in a glowing tribute to Tony after joining Bev Grieve on stage.

    Koala Publishing is a 100% owned and operated company with over 25 years presence in the Greeting Card Industry. Their products are distributed to all regions across Australia and to a number of International locations, and growing.

    They say – Koalas is a business that creates feel good products and it is only people who feel valued and positive about life that can achieve this.

    Joining Koala on the winner’s podium was Andrew Mann of Sue Mann Nursing & Community Care who secured the Young Business Executive award and Leon Black from Inspired Techs who won Young Entrepreneur. The tech side also came out on top in Excellence in Business Ethics when Mick and Julie Goodwin’s Loyal I.T. Solutions were announced as winners and later in the night 2014 Business of the Year, Servers Australia took the honours in Excellence in Innovation.

    Life Time Achievement was awarded to the first non-singular awardee after the Lentini Family was announced. The family business now known as Eastcoast Foods & Beverages started in 1965 when grandfather Salvatore Lentini kicked off the burgeoning business.

    The Goodwin family celebrated yet another win when the inaugural winner of Masterchef 2009 was announced as the winner of the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to the Central Coast. Julie is a permanent ambassador for the Central Coast when travelling within and outside Australia. Julie is a most deserved winner.

    Tuggerah based Nurses Now won Excellence in Business [20+ full time employees] and Somersby based The D’Vine Group was announced as winners of Excellence in Small Business. Nurses Now is a family owned and operated business run by Nick and Laurinda Pericleous who have enjoyed a market share growth of 11% year on end since 2009. The D’Vine Group provides excellence in private, wedding and corporate catering.

    Milestone-Belanova’s Managing Director Barbara Ketley took out the Business Leaders Award. A full service marketing and communications agency Barbara is also very passionate and a keen advocate for youth unemployment. Her work with other businesses through the dynamic Wildfig Service Alliance was also recognised in Barbara’s application.

    The Employer Support Award on behalf of the ADF Defence Reserves Support Council was given to the Tuggerah Local Area Command. The award recognises those businesses that offer flexibility and support to Reserves members.

    KU Ourimbah Preschool became the first non-profit organization to win an Award in mixed company. KU was successful in Excellence in Sustainability and their programs and initiatives have gained significant support in the wider community and have been fully embraced by children and parents alike.

    Guests were entertained by the super talented Shane Emmett and the sensational and gorgeous Josephine Gleeson. Performing a number of huge songs from the 60’s to fit in with the Mad Men period theming, guests were treated to the Tom Jones ‘It’s not Unusual’, before moving into You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’, ‘Something Stupid’, ‘Fly Me To The Moon’, ‘Things’ and ‘Don’t Rain On My Parade’ before the show stopping ‘The Son Of A Preacher Man’.

    The Awards experienced a number of firsts this year. We attracted a record number of entries, we officially broke our attendance record at the Awards night and women out-numbered men. How’s that for a record year!

    2015 was an Awards night to remember, what will we see in 2016?


    2 years ago | Posted by CCBEA


    Coast Star Motors is a name synonymous with excellence as is its marque brand Mercedes-Benz and we are pleased to announce Coast Star Motors has increased its support of the Central Coast Business Excellence Awards for 2015.  The fifth annual Awards will be officially known as the Coast Star Motors Central Coast Business Excellence Awards.  An Awards partner since our inaugural Awards held in 2011, Coast Star Motors is the prestige brand of the Central Coast Motor Group.  Our Awards partners are all Award winners in their own right and they certainly know how to lead from the front  and remain a leader in their field.  Joining Coast Star Motors is CCBR, creative masters and story tellers Treehouse Creative, social media innovators Organise Internet, Fortunity Chartered Accountants and Financial Planners,Lakes Printers a fourth generation Tuggerah based family business, the O.R.S. Group, Wyong Shire Council, Defence Reserves Support, Regional Development Australia Central Coast, Hunter TAFE Central Coast, Central Coast Regional Development Corporation, UON, NSW Trade & Investment, 2GO and SEA FM, NBN Television and our alliance partner the Central Coast NSW Business Chamber.

    Each partner is invaluable and their contribution to the success of the Awards is demonstrated by the support we receive from the wider business community.  The CCBEA encourages business to consider our partners when you are next seeking a service provider in their specialist field.


    2 years ago | Posted by CCBEA
    Fifteen awards, fifteen categories, open to all non-Chamber and members of the NSW Business Chamber, the Coast Star Motors Central Coast Business Excellence Awards is gearing up to celebrate another sold out event.  Entries are now open and officially close midnight Wednesday 8 July.  Entries can be made via any of the Local Chamber Awards or direct through our Chamber link.  We have created a pathway for local businesses to compete at a local, regional and state level - all with the one entry form.  Tickets to the Coast Star Motors Central Coast Business Excellence Awards are now available.  Call Kerry on 0410 494999 for ticketing, entry and general enquiries or email

    3 years ago | Posted by Kerry Ruffels

    Jared Hirst had a night to remember at the 4th Annual Central Coast Business Excellence Awards held on Saturday night at Crowne Plaza Terrigal.

    Servers Australia 2014 CCBEA

    Hirst won the hotly contested Young Entrepreneur Award before his company Servers Australia won Excellence in Business. His third win was the prestigious title of Business of the Year.

    The sold out event had guests donning a pair of sunglasses as they entered the Grand Ballroom that had been turned into a thick haze sliced by bright lights befitting the theme of Think Bright. Shining Lights. One Night.

    He was not the only one to enjoy multiple successes with Steinbok Schnapps taking out Excellence in Small Business and Excellence in Innovation. Treehouse Creative who won Excellence in Business Ethics joined them as owner Jason van Genderen won the coveted Business Leader Award.

    Life Time Achievement was bestowed upon Harvey World Travel Erina’s Maxeine McKeon, just the second person to receive this Award.

    The very talented Rod McCormack won a special award for his Contribution to Creative Industries, Alison Cook, Young Business Executive and the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce took out Local Chamber of the Year.

    The irrepressible and laconic Adam Harvey who had guests in raptures plus singing along entertained guests. Seventeen year old Alicia Brock stunned the audience with a beautiful performance and Joe Coffee proved he was a class act. Both feature in the recently released Coast Sessions CD.

    For further information please contact KERRY RUFFELS 0410 494999 or

  • Record number of finalists announced

    3 years ago | Posted by

    The 4th Annual Central Coast Business Excellence Awards has witnessed the closest results yet.  The independent judging panel of: Margie Haseltine, Mike Goodman, Frank Sammut and Anton Kris must have endured many headaches as they sorted through nominations.

    With results so competitive and so close organisers had no choice but to name more finalists than any other year. Without compromising the integrity and confidentiality of the Awards judging process, CCBEA Director Kerry Ruffels said, “it would have been unfair not to name the number of finalists we have. Those named deserve to be announced as a finalist and they deserve to know they were right in the mix to take the title”.

    The Central Coast is dominated by small business hence it is always one of the toughest to win. This year we will see Essence Images, Home Instead Senior Care, Roses to Go, Barker Ryan Stewart, Steinbok Schnapps and Onion TV contest this Award with the winner to progress through to the NSW Business Chamber state awards to be held later in the year.

    The business leader award, young entrepreneur and young business executive awards are others where judges had a hard time separating the nominees. A record 6 young business executives have been announced together with 5 in young entrepreneur and 5 in business leader.

    This year, a greater emphasis on targeting certain Awards has taken place and none more so than business ethics, innovation and employer of choice. Nominees have been very deliberate in choosing the Award they want to win. Whilst many could double up and be possible contenders in other Awards they have selected one and put all their efforts into winning that category, hence the battle royale presented to our judging panel.

    Saturday 16 August promises to deliver some outstanding results and a spectacular night.

  • Finalists to be announced soon

    3 years ago | Posted by

    Nominees will find out within seven days if they are a finalist in this year's Central Coast Business Excellence Awards. The four person independent judging panel will complete their duties by Sunday 20 July with category finalists to be announced by Thursday 24 July. Awards Director Kerry Ruffels noted "I think this year more than any other year, more businesses have targeted the Award category they want to win. They could have entered say manufacturing and or export, categories specific to their business but they understand the intrinsic value and esteem that is associated with being named Employer of Choice". Kerry added "I am also excited by the number of entries we have attracted in our Young Business Executive and Young Entrepreneur categories. It is fantastic to see the enthusiasm and energy behind these Awards. They represent our future and for them to embrace our Awards like this is brilliant. And we cannot forget it was our regional winner in the Young Entrepreneur category from last year who went on to the NSW Business Chamber State Awards and duly won that too".

  • Winners Wanted

    3 years ago | Posted by Kerry Ruffels

    Sport has a plethora of ways of measuring and awarding success similarly movies have the Oscars, music the Grammy’s, whereas business doesn’t speak of pb’s [personal bests], gold medal podium finishes or top tens. There are no rankings to speak of [other than the stock market] and certainly there is no public outcry that business does not get the recognition it deserves. But these Awards, the premier business event for the Central Coast bring alive the opportunity for business to showcase their talents, their achievements, community role and their investment in the local area.

    Our theme for 2014 is: Think Bright. Shining Lights. One Night. Celebrating the doers, the risk-takers and the innovators.

    Who will join our Awards Alumni? Who will win the mantle of Central Coast ‘Business of the Year’ and join ACS Integrated Services Providers [2011], Independent Portable Buildings [2012] and TrendPac [2013] on this illustrious list? Who will be shining under the spotlight? With 15 categories to be awarded excellence will be on display all night in a true celebration of the best of business. Can we repeat 2012 and 2013 and see our winners become winners at the NSW Business Chamber state awards? Independent Portable Buildings did this in 2012 for Excellence in Small Business and The Footprint Groups Kristy-Lee Billett won the Triple Crown winning her local chamber award, the CCBEA Award and ultimately the State Award for Young Entrepreneur. All achieved with one single entry form.

    Our pathway is the result of our successful alliance with the Central Coast NSW Business Chamber and is an excellent working partnership and CCBEA thanks the Chamber for their support. This thanks is extended to our local chambers in particular, the Peninsula, Erina, Gosford and Wyong who are an integral part of the tripartite pathway.

    The Central Coast Business Excellence Awards has provided us with some fabulous winners over the first 3 years – the question is: are you going to be part of the 2014 Alumni?

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