Award category finalists

Congratulations to our Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards 2021 finalists. Winners will be announced on Friday 30 July 2021.

Outstanding Employee

Sponsored by ATUNE Health Centres

This award recognises an inspirational employee who has demonstrated a passion for their role and a commitment to their workplace and community. 

2021 finalists

  • Mark Ward, Human Resource Manager - Empowered Community Services
  • Emma McDonald, Operations Manager - Matt Hall Racing
  • Madeleine Painter, Practice Manager - The Rainbow Clinic

Atune Health Centres

Outstanding Young Business Leader (18-35 years)

Sponsored by Jodie Harrison MP for Charlestown

This award recognises an inspirational young person aged between 18-35 years who, through their own commitment and passion, owns or part owns a successful business. This award recognises young business people who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic direction and innovative ideas whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming young business people. 

2021 finalists

  • Shakira West, Owner - Kouture Hair Artistry
  • Jonathon Power, Managing Director - Empowered Community Services
  • Jared Styan, Co-founder and Business Manager - Lake Macquarie Sailing Tours
  • Bec Hogan, Creative Director - Gem Rock Media

Jodie Harrison MP

Outstanding Business Leader

Sponsored by Kent Conveyancing

This award recognises the positive contribution made to business by business people and professionals aged 36 years or over. The award recognises those who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business direction and innovative ideas, whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming business leaders. Entrants in this category can be self-employed or employed by a business.  

2021 finalists

  • Simon Ashley, CEO - ATUNE Health Centres
  • Sarah Poissant, Clinical Director and Owner - The Rainbow Clinic
  • Joseph Lorriman, Director and Owner - Evergreen Energy Consultants
  • Leah Gabolinscy, Chief Transformation Officer - Ramsay Health Care

Kent

Outstanding Community Organisation

Sponsored by Ramsay Health

This award is open to organisations that have been established or exist to further a social purpose that benefits the community. These organisations have commercial activities, products or services (other than government grants and donations) that provide an income stream to fund social purpose activities.  

2021 finalists

  • Alesco Senior College
  • Charlestown Youth and Community Centre (The Place)
  • CALM Inc (Community Activities Lake Macquarie)

Ramsay Health Care

Start Up Superstar

Sponsored by Newcastle Herald

This category recognises a business that has been operating for less than two years that delivers a product/service/idea/invention with credible potential. This award recognises early-stage start ups that have a solid chance of market success, and strongly displays the entrepreneurial spirit.  

2021 finalists

  • Luxe Lakeside
  • Compeat Nutrition
  • Sick Happens Education

Newcastle Herald

Excellence in Innovation

Sponsored by University of Newcastle 

This Award recognises businesses that have made significant contributions to their industry through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application.  

2021 finalists

  • Tyrex Solutions
  • Fire Response
  • Design Anthology

UoN

Excellence in Sustainability

Sponsored by University of Newcastle 

This award recognises businesses that are working to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment and/or provide products and services that have positive environmental outcomes.  

This category is based on sustainable initiatives and projects executed within your business, not related to your core offering.

2021 finalists

  • Blencowe Design
  • Imaginelle

UoN

Excellence in Retail, Hospitality and Tourism*

Sponsored by Kent Conveyancing

This award recognises a business that has achieved significant growth (market share, sales volume, turnover, profitability) and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and plans implemented to achieve sustainable growth in the previous financial year.

2021 finalists

  • CoastXP
  • The GPT Group - Charlestown Square
  • Lake Macquarie Cruises

Kent

Excellence in Micro Business (less than 5 employees)

 Sponsored by Lake Mac Holiday Parks

 This category recognises a business with less than 5 employees that has achieved significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience.  

2021 finalists

  • JetBuzz Watersports
  • Good Thanks Media
  • Evergreen Energy Consultants
  • Salon Ten
  • Psyborg

Lake Mac Holiday Parks

Excellence in Small Business (5-20 employees)

Sponsored by Hunter Water

This category recognises a business with five to twenty employees that has achieved significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience.  

2021 finalists

  • Belmont Dance Centre
  • Newy Distillery
  • Fire Response

Hunter Water

Excellence in Business (21 or more employees)

Sponsored by Dantia

 

This category recognises a business with 21 or more employees that has achieved significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience.

 

2021 finalists

  • Atune Health Centres
  • Safearth
  • Air Extreme Air Conditioning
  • Empowered Community Services

Dantia

Outstanding Employer of Choice

Sponsored by Dantia

This award recognises organisations that put in place strategies and initiatives to create stimulating and supportive workplace environments for their employees. These strategies or initiatives must have a positive impact on both employees and the organisation as a whole.

2021 finalists

  • The Rainbow Clinic
  • Design Anthology

Dantia

Contribution to the City*

Sponsored by Allambi Care

This award recognises an organisation that has made a significant contribution to the ongoing prosperity and growth of the Lake Macquarie City outside its core business activity.    

2021 finalists

  • Graffiti Dan
  • Atwea College
  • Spotlight Group

Allambi Care

Supported by

DANTIA

Kent

Newcastle Herald