Brightest business stars shine at 2012 Coast Business Awards

The cosmic, futuristic theme for last night’s (Saturday 10.11.12) Sunshine Coast Business Awards was particularly apt as 30 of the brightest business stars in the region were honoured at the 18th Sunshine Coast Business Awards. Over 160 finalists competed across 25 award categories and in front of over 600 guests gathered at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Innovation Centre.
After completing the judging process of a written submission, onsite interview, mystery shop and reference checks, the winners were delighted to hear their names called by hosts, WIN TV News anchorman, Paul Taylor and Zinc 96.1 announcer, Al Doblo.
Maroochydore’s Ron Hill Automatics won Enterprise of the Year after servicing and repairing vehicles on the coast for over 35 years. Small Business of the Year was Belli Park’s Hinterland Feijoas. The delicious sub-tropical feijoa fruit is produced from 750 trees in one of Australia’s few commercial orchards.
Warana’s Eniquest took home the Innovation Award for their wide range of energy power solutions for the industrial and agricultural sectors including solar panels, cycle batteries, power generators, parts and accessories. Jetts Fitness was presented with the Export Award. The fitness network has two gyms on the Sunshine Coast (at Maroochydore and Mooloolaba) and 178 clubs in Australia and New Zealand with over 175,000 members.
Talented chef, Cameron Matthews from The Long Apron Restaurant at Spicers Clovelly Estate Montville and John Pearson from John Pearson Consulting Coolum Beach were honoured with Outstanding Employee of the Year and Outstanding Business Person of the Year awards, respectively.
Nambour’s Fertility Solutions, Narangba’s (formerly Beerwah) Hahn Environmental Services, Mooloolaba’s Savvy Business Sales, Maroochydore’s Sea English Academy, Maroochydore’s Shine Beauty and Nambour’s Uptown Hair Studio were all inducted into the SCBA Hall of Fame as a result of winning at least three previous SCBAs.
Speaking on behalf of Sunshine Coast Council as the major (Platinum) sponsor of the awards, Mayor Mark Jamieson said the efforts of the winning business people were indeed something to celebrate.
“I have to say I was most impressed by the quality of this year’s entries.
“Congratulations to all and, to those who came so close in each category but just missed out on the ultimate prize, hold your heads high because you are among the champions of this region’s corporate elite.“I look forward to seeing your names in the winning circle again next year.”
Organisers of the awards, Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce’s President Ross Hepworth, thanked the SCBA’s many sponsors for their support.
“This is one of the biggest business awards programs in Australia and although the nomination and entry processes are free and our judges volunteer their time, there’s no getting around the fact that the program comes with an awards presentation party for nearly 650 guests each year.
“Thanks to our in-kind and cash sponsors from all walks of the business community including local and state government, media, education, banking, communications, business services, automotive, tourism, employment and graphic design companies, we’re able to keep celebrating the success of Sunshine Coast businesses year after year.
“This year’s gala tickets sold out in two weeks so we must be doing something right!”
As well as the awards ceremony the evening featured a cocktail party and entertainment from Aerial Angels, Sole Studios dancers, DJ Alan Carroll and light projection artworks by Earth Base Productions.
The full list of SCBA winners is as follows:

Category Winner & Suburb Sponsor
1.       Building/Manufacturing Small Business Award 2012 Bebrok Excavations  BLI BLI Sunshine Coast Daily
2.       Building/Manufacturing Large Business Award 2012 Quik Corp  WARANA Sunshine Coast Daily
3.       Professional/Business ServicesSmall Business Award 2012 Enhanced Health & Fitness Clinic  WARANA University of the Sunshine Coast
4.       Professional/Business ServicesLarge Business Award 2012 The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital BUDERIM University of the Sunshine Coast
5.       Creative/Training/Knowledge/Development Industries Small Business Award 2012 Sole Studios BURNSIDE Hot 91.1FM/Zinc 96.1FM
6.       Creative/Training/Knowledge/Development Industries Large Business Award 2012 The Creative Collective KULUIN Hot 91.1FM/Zinc 96.1FM
7.       Environmental Industries Small Business Award 2012 Duke Environmental BIRTINYA Sunshine Coast Council
8.       Environmental Industries Large Business Award 2012 Perfect Earth KUNDA PARK Sunshine Coast Council
9.       Food & Beverage ProductionSmall Business Award 2012 Gluten Free Grain Free Company NAMBOUR Sunshine Coast Council
10.   Food & Beverage ProductionLarge Business Award 2012 Suncoast Fresh Pty Ltd COOLUM BEACH Sunshine Coast Council
11.   Lifestyle Services Small Business Award 2012 Kiddie Kicks Soccer YAROOMBA Lexus of Maroochydore
12.   Lifestyle Services Large Business Award 2012 Community Solutions Group Limited BUDDINA Lexus of Maroochydore
13.   Hospitality Large BusinessAward 2012 Your Garden Centre & Organic Cafe FOREST GLEN Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE
14.   Retail/Specialist Services/Home Based Vendors Small BusinessAward 2012 Daze & Nites Lingerie CALOUNDRA AND BUDERIM Suncorp Bank
15.   Retail/Specialist Services/Home Based Vendors Large BusinessAward 2012 Maple Street Co-Operative MALENY Suncorp Bank


16.   Outstanding Employee of the Year 2012 Cameron Matthews MONTVILLE Telstra Country Wide
17.   Outstanding Business Personor the Year 2012 John Pearson COOLUM BEACH Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE
18.   Small Business of the Year 2012 Hinterland Feijoas BELLI PARK Suncorp Bank
19.   Enterprise of the Year 2012 Ron Hill Automatics MAROOCHYDORE Sunshine Coast Council


20.   Tourism Award 2012Accommodation Bli Bli House Luxury Bed & Breakfast BLI BLI Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd
21.   Tourism Award 2012Tourist Attractions Aussie World PALMVIEW Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd
22.   Tourism Award 2012Experiences Noosa Dreamboats NOOSA Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd


23.   Innovation Award 2012 Eniquest WARANA AusIndustry
24.   Export Award 2012 Jetts Fitness MAROOCHYDORE & MOOLOOLABA Sunshine Coast Council

25 – 30. Hall of Fame Inductees 2012

2009-Professional Services; 2010-Small Business of the Year; 2011-Professional Services Fertility Solutions Sunshine Coast Pty Ltd NAMBOUR WIN Network
2007-Environmental Innovation Award (Oz Future Fuels); 2010-Environmental Industries (Oz Future Fuels); 2011-Enterprise of the Year; 2011-Innovation Hahn Environmental Services NARANGBA (formerly BEERWAH Sunshine Coast) WIN Network
2008-Services- General; 2009-Business Services; 2011-Small Business of the Year Savvy Business Sales MOOLOOLABA WIN Network
2008-Creative/Knowledge Industries; 2010 – Creative/Knowledge Industries; 2011-Export Sea English Academy MAROOCHYDORE WIN Network
2007-Lifestyle & Wellbeing; 2008-Lifestyle & Wellbeing; 2011-Lifestyle Services Shine Beauty MAROOCHYDORE WIN Network
2009-Lifestyle Services; 2010-Lifestyle Services; 2011-Lifestyle Services Uptown Hair Studio NAMBOUR WIN Network