This evening, Saturday 25 October 2014, The CGU Business Excellence Awards welcomed more than 340 Northern Tasmanian business leaders to celebrate the region’s business success stories at a Black Tie dinner at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Maree Tetlow, Executive Officer of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, advised that she was delighted that the Chamber received 113 entries this year, the same as last year’s all-time record for the awards.  The theme for this year’s awards is ‘innovation’ and Ms Tetlow advised that “the amount of innovation that has been applied in all its forms to ensure these successful businesses can operate sustainably in economically challenging times is remarkable.”

The winners for this year’s event are listed below:

EXCELLENCE  IN  MANUFACTURING

Tasmanian Alkaloids Pty Ltd

 

INNOVATION

Launceston City Council

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

SRA Corporate Change

 

OUTSTANDING EVENT

Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival

 

BEST ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICE

Micra Accident Repair Centre

 

LARGE HOSPITALITY BUSINESS

Stillwater River Cafe, Restaurant and Wine Bar

 

OUTSTANDING VISITOR EXPERIENCE

Festivale

 

EXCEPTIONAL WORKPLACES

Absolute Beauty (Tas) Pty Ltd

 

EXPORT

Seafoods Tasmania

 

SUCCESSFUL START UP

Cataract on Paterson

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

New Horizons Club Inc

 

BUILDING COMMUNITIES

Junction Arts Festival

 

BUSINESS MENTORING & RENEWAL

SRA Corporate Change

 

SMALL HOSPITALITY BUSINESS

Black Cow Bistro

 

EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE

TP Jones & Co

 

EXCELLENCE IN MARKETING

Bellamy’s Organic

 

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Julia Farrell

 

CGU BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Cataract on Paterson

 

HALL OF FAME

Errol Stewart

 

 

Background on Major Winners/Individuals

  1. 1.    Errol Stewart (Hall of Fame)

The Hall of Fame went to Errol Stewart.   Errol Stewart has spent most of his life in Launceston. His first job was to join Ford Australia in Sales and Marketing in 1972. In the late seventies Errol purchased a Ford Dealership in Victoria and raised two children with his wife Adrienne, during this time.

Then in 1992 he relocated home to Launceston and purchased Jackson Ford. Since that time Errol has acquired various additional franchises and dealership locations in Northern Tasmania and Hobart.  In the year 2000 the Old Launceston Seaport wharf area was acquired, then redeveloped to become known as Seaport when completed in 2004.

The JMC Automotive Group P/L now employs 245 people and sells 7,000 cars annually.

Many old buildings, plus industrial and commercial precincts have been restored in every major city where Errol and his partners operate.

The next major project on the drawing board is the conversion of the Grain Silos in Launceston into the Silo Hotel.

Errol’s motto is “Making something from not much is probably the most inspiring thing an individual can do”. The President of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, Janine Healey, announced the Hall of Fame award and advised that “Errol’s positivity, his ‘can do’ attitude and the legacy he leaves for our city and the region are all excellent reasons why he was chosen as the Hall of Fame winner.”

 

  1. 2.    Cataract on Paterson (Business of the Year)

 

Cataract on Paterson has become the new restaurant (and business) to be noticed in Launceston.  Cataract on Paterson is located on the edge of the CBD, with a venue that boasts industrial design paired with contemporary cuisine and casual polished service.

Karen Burbury and her team commenced trading as Cataract on Paterson last September with a vision to highlight Tasmanian food and farm gate products, produce superior flavours and offer guests sincere value.  The business brings together a unique interactive dining experience, an amazing business plan, a strong marketing strategy underpinned by market research and the effective use of social media - and a dedicated team of employees committed to the vision. This business proved to the judges that all-round excellence has been achieved.

  1. 3.    Julia Farrell (Young Professional of the Year)

Julia Farrell arrived in Australia as a migrant from Ukraine as a young girl.  She had some of her education experience in the big smoke (Sydney), some in a small, isolated town (St Helens) before completing her secondary and tertiary education here in Launceston.  She is now undertaking a Masters of Taxation degree.

 

Julia is a classic example of bottom-up, or should that be head-down, success, a success that she carries very lightly, but with great determination, to the great benefit of her adopted city.

 

Julia is a manager at Ruddicks Chartered Accountants, which includes advising clients on tax, superannuation and business structuring matters, as well as managing junior staff.  Julia shows her determination and commitment to helping others in her profession in a way that is supportive and perceptive of others’ needs.

 

Julia has a commitment to deliver excellent customer service to her clients by using simple jargon-free language to help them understand the complex tax concepts to give them the confidence in making business and investment decisions. Julia is involved and contributes to a number of local professional associations and a number of community not- for–profits.  Julia approaches both her work and her outside interests with passion and purpose.  She teams her in depth knowledge within her profession with insightful consideration of others.  She is a natural leader and advisor committed to excellence and is a worthy recipient of Young Professional of the Year.

 

Media Inquiries Contact: Maree Tetlow           0408 825 060   or   03 6331 9364

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