Fabulous frocks, cheers and laughter were the order of the evening as the winners of this year’s Sutherland Shire Local Business Awards celebrated their success on Wednesday 22nd August.
Acceptance speeches ranged from teary and emotional to wildly humorous.
All the business shared one thing in common – the heartfelt gratitude of the recipients to the staff, customers and community that support them.
The celebration evening was held at Sharkies Leagues Club.
Seven hundred finalists and their guests enjoyed a three-course meal and entertainment by Greg Gould and Kirrah Amosa.
Greg is one of Australia’s most exciting entertainers, connecting with audiences around the globe through his powerhouse vocals and charismatic stage presence.
Greg dominated Australia’s Got Talent in 2013 where he finished as runner-up.
Kirrah Amosa has been an active performer for the past 10 years.
She has recently toured with the The Bodyguard The Musical.
She has also had leading roles in High School Musical and Cabaret.
St George and Sutherland Shire Leader was on hand to capture all the excitement as the finalists were announced, complete with images on the big screen.
Images were followed by huge cheers as the winners’ names were read out and they took to the stage to claim their trophies.
As always, the highlight of the night was the announcement of the Business of the Year.
Awards founder and Precedent Productions managing director Steve Loe said the evening was a huge success.
“There was an electric atmosphere throughout the night,” he said.
“The finalists’ excitement was palpable and, as always, people celebrated not just their own success, but cheered for everyone else in the room.”
“It was a sell-out event, as always.
“Which goes to show just how popular Sutherland Shire Business Awards are with the community.
“Our MC Paul Hancock kept the evening flowing smoothly and numerous people came up to me during and after the event to say how much they enjoyed themselves.
An ever-popular crowd favourite, Paul is hugely excited to bring the Awards to the Sutherland Shire area for another year.”
Mr Loe congratulated all the winners and finalists on their success.
“The Local Business Awards exist to recognise the vital role business people play in the lives of their communities.
“While only one business from each category can be recognised as a winner, the achievements of all finalists are worth being recognised and celebrated.
“As official media partner for Sutherland Shire Local Business Awards, St George and Sutherland Shire Leader has published a winners feature in this week’s edition that recognises all category winners from the presentation evening.
“Of course, the awards are only possibly with the support of major sponsors.
“These sponsors include NOVA Employment and support sponsors, Sutherland Shire Council, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology, Sutherland Shire Environment Centre, BX Networking and Illawong Village.
“Their involvement proves their commitment to their community and the businesses that thrive there.”
Anonymous judges visit the business premises of each finalist and evaluate them based on their ability to deliver on the fundamental principles of quality customer service.
The principles of quality customer service include, but are not limited to, customer service, range and/or presentation of products/services, value for money and the overall business presentation, including the online presence of the company.