Last week, on Friday 23 August, local businesses in the Hunter region gathered at NEX Convention Centre for the Hunter Business Awards.
The awards were presented in seventeen categories before six-hundred people at a gala event sponsored by the University of Newcastle.
Among the list of winners was Newcastle Airport CEO, Peter Cock and Lake Macquarie City Council CEO, Morven Cameron who were declared the joint winners of the Business Leader of the Year Award.
It was a big night for Newcastle Airport, which also took home the President’s Award, the major award for individuals, companies or organisations that have added a special value to business efforts in the Hunter region.
The Kristen Keegan Young Business Executive Award was won by Martin Corrigan, an operations superintendent at Port Waratah Coal Services.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year was Jade Chislett, whose company Just Like You Dolls creates custom-made dolls for children with disabilities who wear medical devices.
Out of the Square Media won the Contribution to the Region Award, in recognition of the self- funded ‘passion projects’ it has created to promote the Hunter, such as its Region Ready and Feel Inspired video productions.
Hunter Business Chamber CEO, Bob Hawes congratulated all winners, saying the record number of entries this year had produced a high-calibre field of finalists.
“Our annual awards night shows the great strength and diversity of business and industry across the region, from start-ups and micro businesses to major organisations across a range of sectors,” he said.
“The joint winners of our Business Leader of the Year Award are a perfect illustration of that diversity.
“Although Peter and Morven come from very different sectors serving substantially different markets, they both bring strong personal attributes to their roles that have significantly influenced the direction and corporate culture of their organisations.”
Chamber President, Hennie du Plooy said he chose the airport as the winner of the President’s Award because of the contribution it is making to the current and future prosperity of the region.
“The Airport has developed concentrated strategies to build new domestic and international markets, increase visitation, expand the facility and further the region’s position as an aerospace hub. These initiatives have significant implications for the growth of tourism and trade, research and education, investment attraction and the development of new industries and jobs of the future,” Hennie said.
“In addition, the Airport is a good corporate citizen, as demonstrated by its support of the Committee for the Hunter and many community and business events.”
The full list of winners from the Hunter Business Awards are as follows:
- Business Leader of the Year (sponsored by CPA): Peter Cock, Newcastle Airport and Morven Cameron, Lake Macquarie City Council
- President’s Award (sponsor: Sparke Helmore): Newcastle Airport
- Kristen Keegan Young Business Executive (18-30) (sponsor: Quarry Mining): Martin Corrigan, PWCS
- Outstanding Young Entrepreneur (18-30): Jade Chislett, Just Like You Dolls
- Contribution to the Region (sponsor: Port Authority of NSW): Out of the Square Media
- Outstanding Employer of Choice (sponsor: NCIG): Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
- Excellence in Micro Business (sponsor: Glencore): Tighes Hill Cellars
- Excellence in Small Business (sponsor: Newcastle Herald): Funda
- Excellence in Business (sponsor: NSW Minerals Council): ATUNE Health Centres
- Excellence in Social Enterprise (sponsor: Compass Housing): ProCare
- Highly Commended (Social Enterprise): Allambi Care
- Excellence in Innovation (sponsor: Pitcher Partners): Ampcontrol
- Excellence in Export (sponsor: Port of Newcastle) : Whiteley Corporation
- Excellence in Sustainability (sponsor: Umwelt): Downer EDI Works
- Start Up Superstar (sponsor: AICD): Hunter Allied Care
- Local Chamber of Commerce (sponsor: Service NSW): Tomaree Business Chamber
- Excellence in Retail & Hospitality: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
- Love Water, Love Business (Hunter Water): Morisset Hospital
The Hunter Business Awards are an annual awards ceremony that celebrates businesses and individuals in the Hunter Region who are making great business strides and industry contributions.
Congratulations to all winners and those who made the finalist list for 2019.
IMAGE | Joint winners, Peter Cock and Morven Cameron who were declared the joint winners of the Business Leader of the Year Award. (left-right)
With more than 1800 members, the Hunter Business Chamber is the largest regional business chamber in Australia and represents the collective interests of a diverse range of sectors across the Region.
The Chamber provides members with a range of services from advocacy and business advice to information and networking opportunities.
Business support is vital in today's economic climate and our primary goal is to assist and represent the needs of businesses in our community.
The Chamber is committed to partnering with all industries in ensuring the ongoing growth and sustainability of the Hunter Region.