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.
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?