Awards night for best in business
KING'S Theatre was transformed into a glamorous Hollywood stage on Saturday night for the 2011 Heritage Building Society Business Excellence Awards.
Spring Creek Mountain Cafe was crowned local business royalty, taking out the Overall Business Award and pipping runner-up, Killarney's Carramar Timbers, at the post.
Employees James Clarke and Jackie Hilton were surprised to receive the night's main award and accepted it on behalf of owner Bev Ruskey, who was unable to attend the awards as she was overseas.
“It was a very big surprise, given the quality of the competition this year,” Ms Hilton said.
Ms Hilton said she was looking forward to relaying the good news to her boss and said Mrs Ruskey would be “over the moon”.
Mr Clarke said the award was the second for the business, which was also named Best Business in 2008.
“I think what makes us stand out is we're always happy to go to work and to go the extra mile. I think it's all about the attitude.”
Runners-up Sonya and Kingsley Carr were overwhelmed to have such a successful night, also receiving the Manufacturing, Construction and Processing Award.
The couple took over the family owned business seven years ago and said it was great to be acknowledged for their work.
“It has been a fantastic evening and it's the best one we have been to. The entertainment was 150% better than last year,” Mr Carr said.
Mr Carr was not the only guest impressed with the night's entertainment provided by impressionist Danny McMaster.
Mr McMaster's impersonations of celebrities, politicians and even cartoon characters drew constant laughter from the crowds as he morphed into the likes of Bill Clinton, Christopher Walken, Barack Obama, John Howard and even Miss Piggy.
The full list of winners of the 2011 Heritage Building Society Business Excellence Awards:
Service Award: Trades and Other - Killarney Auto Works
Service Award: Professional - The Podiatrist
Manufacturing, Construction and Processing Award - Carramar Timbers
Hospitality and Tourism Award - Spring Creek Mountain Cafe
Home Business Award - Executive Stress Office Support
National Franchise Award - Harvey World Travel
Not-for-Profit Award - Warwick Art Gallery
Retail Less Than Five Employees Award - Jacqui’s Cafe
Retail More Than Five Employees Award - Steele’s Bakery
New Business Award - Pure Heaven
Sustainability Award - Condamine Veterinary Clinic
Overall Business Winner Award - Spring Creek Mountain Cafe