Winners at Blue Mountains Business Awards

17/05/2018 Posted by admin

The 2012 Blue Mountains Business Awards began with Kath and Kim impersonators asking the audience to “look at them” but by the end of the night all eyes were on the team from Accounting and Taxation Advantage.
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The small business based in Glenbrook and North Sydney was awarded the biggest prize at the Fairmont Resort on October 26 — the Harry Hammon Business of the Year Award, presented by Scenic World owner Phil Hammon.

It also won three category awards (customer service, employer of the year and the Blue Mountains Gazette Innovation Award) and received a high commendation in the business services category.

Delighted owner/director Melissa Browne told the Gazette winning three categories at last year’s awards was very special, “but we didn’t think or expect to win the Business of the Year Award tonight”.

“I see it as a great reward for all my staff because they have really worked hard.

“We’ve been a business for 11 years, we have two offices now and have put on two more staff, but it all started as a home-based business in Glenbrook.

“I think the secret to small business success is you need to plan ahead and innovate, but at the end of the day you just have to go and get things done and work hard.

“If you don’t, that great business idea of yours might as well be worthless — you have to go and make it happen.”

She will enjoy a two-night stay at the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort thanks to her awards night success.

The other multi-award winner was Leura day spa and beauty products manufacturer iKOU, which won the beauty services and environmental business services categories and received a high commendation in the retail business category.

Awards host, comedian and radio 2UE presenter Peter Berner, kept the night running smoothly while entertainer Brad Blaze made a memorable appearance with his high-speed painting skills, producing portraits of famous people in just minutes.

The art works were auctioned on the night to raise money for the Blue Mountains Cancer Help and International Day for People with a Disability planning committee.

2012 Blue Mountains Business Award winners

Retail Business: Priceline Pharmacy Springwood

Highly Commended: iKOU

Entertainment and the Arts: Wild Valley Art Park

Skilled Trades: Mountain Mechanics

Business Services: Choice Home Loans

Highly Commended: Accounting & Taxation Advantage

Beauty Services: iKOU

Customer Service Award: Accounting & Taxation Advantage

Highly Commended: Choice Home Loans

Highly Commended: Priceline Pharmacy Springwood

New Business: Mountain Mechanics

Highly Commended: dbl ristretto

Environmental Business Practices: iKOU

Highly Commended: Katoomba Veterinary Clinic

Blue Mountains Gazette Innovation Award: Accounting & Taxation Advantage

Community Contribution Award: Klipt Kanines

Employer of the Year: Accounting & Taxation Advantage

Employee of the Year: Karina Schwarz, Katoomba Veterinary Clinic

BlueMountainsAustralia南京夜网 People’s Choice Award: Rubyfruit

Tourism Business of the Year: Life’s an Adventure

Harry Hammon Business of the Year Award: Accounting & Taxation Advantage

Phil Hammon (centre) with staff from 2012 Harry Hammon Business of the Year Award winner Accounting and Taxation Advantage: Chontelle Roberts, Hannah Riddick, Lauren Law and owner/director Melissa Browne.

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