It was smiles all round for the 28 businesses and individuals that were rewarded last night (19.11.11) for their commitment to excellence and contribution to the local economy at the 17th Sunshine Coast Excellence in Business Awards (SCEIBA).
A record 132 finalists competed for a total of 28 accolades across various business sectors including Business, Individual, Export, Innovation, Small Business of the Year, Enterprise of the Year and the prestigious Hall of Fame.
Ex-AFL footballer and Great South-East television host, Richard ‘Champs’ Champion and Hot 91.1FM’s Sami Muirhead announced the winners at the Rio-themed event staged at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Innovation Centre. Six hundred and fifty guests attended the sell-out affair with many sporting colourful costumes in line with the Rio theme. Entertainment included fire-performers, a roving samba band, showgirls, percussionists and aerial artists.
Entrants were judged on the results of a written submission, an onsite interview, a mystery shop and reference checks.
A number of businesses backed up wins from the previous year including 02 Environment & Engineering, Uptown Hair, Fertility Solutions, Sirocco Noosa and Sea English Academy. Advanced Metal Turning was inducted into the SCEIBA Hall of Fame as a result of winning awards in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
Hahn Environmental Services took home two awards, for Innovation and Enterprise of the Year. The company is an industry leader in waste to energy conversion technology. Sea English Academy received the Export Award for its success in all areas of training, education and recruitment in the English language industry. The academy operates in a variety of locations in Australia and around the world including the Philippines, The United States of America, Thailand and The Middle East. Since the company started in 2003, Sea English Academy has become one of the most recognised businesses in the region.
Neil Collie from Footworks Nambour and Andrew Stevens from KHA Development Managers were honoured with Outstanding Employee of the Yearand Outstanding Business Person of the Year awards, respectively.
Speaking on behalf of Sunshine Coast Council as the major (Platinum) sponsor of the awards, Portfolio Councillor for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, Cr Lew Brennan told the assembled guests that the range of winners highlighted the diversity of businesses operating in the region and demonstrated that the Sunshine Coast was the place to do business.
“Council’s commitment to supporting local business and attracting investment in the region is one of the many reasons Council proudly supports these awards,” Cr Brennan said.
“This is a time to celebrate the success of our local businesses and to highlight the region’s Natural Advantages.”
Organisers of the awards, Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce’s President Ross Hepworth, encouraged attendees to acknowledge the contribution that small business made to the Sunshine Coast’s economy.
“Many of this year’s award winners are small businesses. This sector represents more than 90 percent of our region’s business and industry base.
“SCEIBA provides the perfect platform for us to recognise, reward and promote these businesses to the local community and help keep our economy growing.”
Ross also thanked SCEIBA’s many sponsors for their support.
“The generous support of our sponsors cannot be underestimated as it permits us to continue running the biggest business awards program in our region. We have already commenced planning for the 2012 awards.”
SCEIBA sponsors include: Sunshine Coast Council, Sunshine Coast TAFE, Suncorp Bank, Telstra Business, AusIndustry, Sunshine Coast Destination Limited, University of the Sunshine Coast (Faculty of Arts & Business), Mission Australia, Queensland Government, Sunshine Plaza, Seven Local News, Sunshine Coast Daily, Pomo, Hot 91.1FM, Zinc 96.1FM, dnd graphics, Mailezy and Cloud Nine Weddings.
The full list of SCEIBA winners is as follows:
||Winner and location||Sponsor|
|1. Building/Manufacturing Small Business Award 2011||Kadoe Commercial Coatings PELICAN WATERS||Sunshine Coast Daily|
|2. Building/Manufacturing Large Business Award 2011||Australian Off Road Campers CALOUNDRA||Sunshine Coast Daily|
|3. Business Services Small Business Award 2011||Verified Businesses MOOLOOLABA||Telstra Business|
|4. Business Services Large Business Award 2011||BOQ Maroochydore MAROOCHYDORE||Telstra Business|
|5. Creative/Knowledge Industries Small Business Award 2011||National First Aid Training Institute MAROOCHYDORE||Hot 91.1 /Zinc 96.1|
|6. Creative/Knowledge Industries Large Business Award 2011||Red Energy Promotions BUDDINA||Hot 91.1/Zinc 96.1|
|7. Environmental Industries Large BusinessAward 2011||02 Environment & Engineering PEREGIAN BEACH||Sunshine Coast Council|
|8. Food & Beverage Production Small BusinessAward 2011||STROM Spirits WOOMBYE
||Sunshine Coast Council
|9. Food & Beverage Production Large BusinessAward 2011||Suncoast Fresh COOLUM BEACH||Sunshine Coast Council|
|10. Lifestyle Services Small Business Award 2011||Uptown Hair Studio, NAMBOUR||Sunshine Plaza|
|11. Lifestyle Services Large Business Award 2011||Shine Beauty SUNSHINE PLAZA, MAROOCHYDORE||Sunshine Plaza|
|12. Professional Services Small Business Award 2011||Fertility Solutions Sunshine Coast Pty Ltd NAMBOUR||University of the Sunshine Coast|
|13. Professional Services Large Business Award 2011||Sunshine Coast Radiology MAROOCHYDORE||University of the Sunshine Coast|
|14. Hospitality Small Business Award 2011||Husk & Honey NAMBOUR||Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE|
|15. Hospitality Large Business Award 2011||Sirocco Noosa NOOSAVILLE||Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE|
|16. Retail Small Business Award 2011||Joybells Card & Gift Store
|17. Retail Large Business Award 2011||Nambour Heights Butchery NAMBOUR HEIGHTS||Suncorp Bank|
|18. Small Business of the Year 2011||Savvy Business Sales MOOLOOLABA||Suncorp Bank|
|19. Enterprise of the Year 2011||Hahn Environmental Services LANDSBOROUGH||Sunshine Coast Council|
|20. Outstanding Employee of the Year 2011||Neil Collie, Footworks NAMBOUR||Mission Australia Employment Solutions|
|21. Outstanding Business Person or the Year 2011||Andrew Stevens, KHA Development Managers, ALEXANDRA HEADLANDS||Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE|
|22. Tourism Award 2011
Accommodation Small *
|Bli Bli House Luxury Bed & Breakfast BLI BLI||Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd|
|23. Tourism Award 2011
Accommodation Large *
|Spicers Clovelly Estate SUNSHINE COAST HINTERLAND (Near Montville)||Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd|
|24. Tourism Award 2011
|Aussie World PALMVIEW||Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd|
|25. Tourism Award 2011
|Equathon Horse Riding Tours NORTH SHORE||Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd
|26. Innovation Award 2011||Hahn Environmental Services LANDSBOROUGH||AusIndustry|
|27. Export Award 2011||Sea English Academy MAROOCHYDORE||Trade Qld|
|28. Hall of Fame 2011**
||Advanced Metal Turning YANDINA||Seven Local News|
*Note: Tourism Award winners are not eligible for selection in the overall business awards of Small Business of the Year and Enterprise of the Year as they have been judged in line with the Qld Tourism Awards Criteria but are eligible to enter the Innovation and Export award. .
**Note: Advanced Metal Turning was previously awarded SCEIBA 2006 – Creative Industries/Manufacturing Award, SCEIBA 2007 – Construction/Building/Manufacturing Award and SCEIBA 2009 – Building/Manufacturing Award.