On Saturday night,26 October 2013, The CGU Business Excellence Awards welcomed more than 300 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 at the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, advised that she was delighted that the Chamber received 113 entries this year, an all-time record for the awards over its ten year history. She went on to say that “feedback from the six judges indicated that although the economic environment has been challenging, there are a lot of quality businesses flying under the radar and getting on with operating successful businesses – and it’s a real inspiration to hear their stories.”

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

EXCELLENCE IN MANUFACTURING
Launceston Precision Jewellers

EXPORT
Tasmanian Quality Meats Pty Ltd

INNOVATION
The Examiner Newspaper

SUCCESSFUL START UP
Esk Mapping & GIS

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Sixth Law 3D

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal

OUTSTANDING EVENT
UTAS – Harmony Day (a TUU event)

BUILDING COMMUNITIES
Junction Arts Festival

BEST ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICE
Bridestowe Estate

BUSINESS MENTORING & RENEWAL
Illuminate SDF

LARGE HOSPITALITY BUSINESS
Stillwater River Cafe, Restaurant & Wine Bar

SMALL HOSPITALITY BUSINESS
Matson Catering

OUTSTANDING VISITOR EXPERIENCE
Josef Chromy Cellar Door, Restaurant & Function Centre

EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE
TP Jones Pty Ltd

EXCEPTIONAL WORKPLACES
Prospect Medical Centre

EXCELLENCE IN MARKETING
Stornoway

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Barbara Walters

HALL OF FAME
Josef Chromy

CGU BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Stornoway

Background on Major Winners/Individuals

1. Josef Chromy (Hall of Fame)

The Hall of Fame went to Josepf Chromy – with a most wonderful rags to riches life story. Joe spent 11 years in Czechoslovakia in his early years but decided at 19 there was no future in that country after having lived under both Nazi and Soviet communist rule. He escaped across borders guarded by minefields, dogs and soldiers, suffering five months of privation before immigrating to Australia. Over the next 40 years he used his skills as a Master Butcher and Smallgoods Maker to build his business, Blue Ribbon Meat Products, into one of Tasmania’s leading brands.

In 1993 Blue Ribbon was floated on the Australian Stock Exchange, and Josef used the money to invest in Tasmania’s fledgling wine industry. Since then Josef has owned and developed some of Tasmania’s leading wineries, including Rochecombe (now “Bay of Fires”), Jansz/Heemskerk, Tamar Ridge Wines, and ultimately Josef Chromy Wines. Josef Chromy Wines has received many awards the most recent being 2 trophies at two of the biggest global wine competitions announced at the London International Wine Fair in May this year - the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards- Regional Chardonnay Trophy and the 2013 International Wine Challenge - Tasmanian Chardonnay Trophy both for the 2011 Josef Chromy Chardonnay. Joe's vision is evident from the quality of the architecture of the Josef Chromy Winery and Cellar Door through to the quality of the wines and service. Congratulations went to a man who contributed so much to Tasmania!


2. Stornoway (Business of the Year)

Stornoway with its roots in Northern Tasmania, is now a national business delivering asset services to government, industrial and commercial customers, and employing over 100 people. Stornoway manages and maintains road infrastructure throughout Tasmania. And since it's inception in Launceston in 1976 Stornoway has become one of Tasmania's leading quarrying operators. In addition, they design, manufacture, install, and maintain water infrastructure nationally.

Stornoway's vision is to help their customers draw long-term value from their assets. Tim Gardner is the driver of the organisation's innovation, determination and passion that lies at the heart of achieving this vision and they work hard to go beyond what's expected. Stornoway has adopted best practice in all areas of its business - so it truly is a business of excellence!

3. Barbara Walters (Northern Young Professional of the Year)

Barbara is the Business Development Manager for Whitelion a not for profit organisation working with youth at risk. Whitelion has gone from strength to strength with Barbara as one of the main drivers behind the organisation. She is a dedicated and passionate person who always gives 100% to any task, and she is also a high achiever who has always surpassed targets and KPI's. Here is someone who is truly special, both as seen from within her Charity and from the standpoint of stakeholders and clients.