On Saturday 31 October 2015, The TasNetworks Bell Bay Aluminium Business Excellence Awards welcomed more than 330 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 The Chamber received 110 entries this year, similar to the record last year of 113 entries even though there was a reduction of award categories from 17 last year to 15 this year.

Ms Tetlow said: “The theme for this year is ‘Collaboration and Growth’ aligned with some strategic projects work we are doing in the manufacturing sector in the North which indicates more collaboration is required to win larger contracts and learn from each other as part of a journey of continuous improvement to remain globally competitive. This theme reinforces that there are benefits from collaboration between businesses within sectors and between our regions in Tasmania.”

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

EXCELLENCE  IN  MANUFACTURING

CPT Engineering

INNOVATION

Pivot Maritime

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

@Home Property Management

OUTSTANDING EVENT

Stan Siejka Launceston Cycling Classic

BEST ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICE

41 Degrees South

OUTSTANDING VISITOR EXPERIENCE

The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

EXCEPTIONAL WORKPLACES

R&S Rosier Construction

EXPORT

Tasmanian Quality Meats

SUCCESSFUL START UP

Forico Pty Ltd

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Missiondale – City Mission

BUILDING COMMUNITIES

Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Festival

EXCELLENCE IN HOSPITALITY

Country Club Tasmania

EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE

TP Jones & Co

EXCELLENCE IN MARKETING

S. Group

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Amy Reiner

HALL of FAME AWARD

John Pitt

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

S. Group

 

Background on Major Winners/Individuals

1.    John Pitt (Hall of Fame)

John Pitt retired in September this year as the long-serving Managing Director for Pitt & Sherry.

In 1984, John joined the company his late father Brian, and business partner Clive Sherry, started 20 years earlier in Devonport, Tasmania. Over more than 30 years John’s drive and leadership took pitt&sherry from a small northern  Tasmanian civil engineering consultancy to a multi-facetted group operating across the Eastern States of Australia, and internationally.

As well as the business leadership, John has contributed significantly to many industry forums and has been a trusted point of reference to government and industry associations.  John is a passionate advocate for sustainable thinking, and has been instrumental in developing pitt&sherry in this direction.

Along the way there have been numerous personal and company awards in recognition of John’s influence. The most recent, and representative of his period at the helm of Pitt & Sherry was the organisation winning the 2015 Financial Review Client Choice Award for Best Professional Services Firm under $50 million revenue.

 

2.    S. Group  (Business of the Year)

S. Group is a multi-disciplinary studio integrating architecture and strategic creative design that started in 2011 with owner and director Sam Haberle as its sole employee. In just under 4 years, S. Group has grown into one of Launceston’s most reputable, vibrant and experienced design studios employing 18 people.

 S. Group has successfully diversified into a range of complimentary creative and strategic services, delivering sustainable growth across all facets of the business, maintaining profitability and reinvestment during tough economic times.

 In the last year, S. Group has also expanded into the Hobart and Melbourne markets with a studio presence in both. A young business and a growing business, they are distinctive, spirited and progressive - driven to enrich our local and global communities through authentic, functional, and beautifully considered design.

 

3.    Amy Reiner (Young Professional of the Year)

Amy is the Manager of Reimond Enterprises, which operates Browns Supa IGA, Wisteria Lane Fashion and Gifts, Longford Post Office, Charlie Browns Café and Browns Wholesale Division.

As a young professional, Amy is responsible for 56 staff, and in this role, manages all aspects of her family business operations. Amy is an impassioned leader, and sets herself apart from others through her commitment to supporting people experiencing mental illness and other chronic conditions. 

Amy was at the forefront of the development and construction of Brown's IGA supermarket, where she worked hands on with designers and builders to create an innovative and environmentally sustainable building. More recently, her unique supermarket shelf design impressed the CEO of IGA World Wide, and the many other workplace initiatives she has introduced translate to a welcoming experience for the customer, and an inspiring and inclusive workplace for her staff.

Amy’s commitment to innovation and change within the retail industry is testament to her dedication and professionalism.