INDUSTRY AWARDS 2015

The 2015 Awards dinner was held on Saturday 17th October 2015 at the Ulverstone Sports & Leisure Centre.

Keynote speaker was Dale Elphinstone, founder of the Elphinstone group of companies

The Award Categories 2015

Successful Start Up Award – This category is open to innovative businesses that have commenced operations in the last 3 years and generate economic growth for the Central Coast. The judges will be looking for businesses having a unique competitive advantage that ensures they are sustainable – both economically and environmentally – in the medium to long term. This award is sponsored by De Jong Group, and the winner is: Henry’s Ginger Beer

Outstanding Tourism Experience Award – This category is open to hospitality operators within the Central Coast. The judges will pay particular attention to how management achieves all-round business excellence and demonstrates their commitment in consistently delivering an exceptional visitor experience. This award is sponsored by The Advocate, and the winner is: Pier 01

Excellence in Manufacturing Award – This category is open to Central Coast manufacturing firms who have achieved commercial success through innovative and progressive manufacturing capabilities and can demonstrate their consideration of best environmental practice. This award is sponsored by Roger Jaensch MP and the winner is: VEC Civil Engineering

Enhancing Regional Culture Award – This category is open to organisations who are contributing to our Central Coast community through activities involving charitable and volunteer work and initiatives in social enterprise. This award is sponsored by Derek Gee Installations, and the winner is Tastrofest

Innovation Award – This category is open to organisations that have achieved outstanding commercial success and sustainable growth. Entrants should demonstrate initiative and willingness to undertake bold new ventures within Central Coast. This category is open to those that can demonstrate the ability to adapt to ever changing operating environments. This award is sponsored by Cradle Coast Innovation, and the winner is: VEC Civil Engineering

Outstanding Customer Service Award (Individual) – This category recognises and encourages outstanding customer service given by any individual in a Central Coast business. Nominations should outline customer experiences where an individual has gone out of their way to provide excellent and caring service. This award is sponsored by Central Coast Council, and the winner is: Gena Cantwell (Wings Wildlife)

Outstanding Customer Service Award (Business) – This category recognises and encourages outstanding customer service practices and policies by any business in the Central Coast municipality. Nominations should provide details of these practices and how they have achieved the desired outcomes. This award is sponsored by The Goodstone Group, and the winner is: Railway Supermarket

Agribusiness Award – This category is open to businesses that demonstrate innovation and success in the agricultural sector. Aspects including new and niche products, sustainable processing and environmental best practice should be included as part of the nomination. The winner: Botanical Resources Australia

Community Service Award – This category recognises Central Coast organisations or persons that are making an outstanding contribution to the welfare of our community and strives to produce an overall positive impact on society. This award is sponsored by Veolia, and the winner is: Ulverstone Neighbourhood House

Business of the Year Award – this category is not open for entry; the winner will be selected by the Award Judges from all nominations received. This award is sponsored by 7AD SeaFM and the winner is: Degree C