Rose City business shines in excellence awards
THE themed night in Vegas proved to be lucky for local businesswoman Clare Jeffries.
She took out a hat trick at the 2013 Business Excellence Awards on Saturday night for her business Hair Together and True Beauty.
Winning the overall award, as well as the presentation and marketing category and people development category Mrs Jeffries said it was unbelievable and she couldn't be more proud.
A hairdresser for 46 years, Mrs Jeffries will celebrate the salon's 22nd birthday in business on Saturday.
She started out with only herself and one employee and has grown the staff to 13.
"I may own the business, however the success is largely due to my staff," she said.
"It's one big team effort and I appreciate everything the girls do for me.
"I'm lucky to have such a wide variety of hairdressers."
Mrs Jeffries was extremely grateful to staff members Storm Lahiff and Emma Bartley who put many weeks of work into preparing the submission for the Business Excellence Awards.
"I believe that the information contained in our submission and the presentation was one of the major contributing factors in our victory," she said.
"The high quality De Lorenzo products used in the salon, the staff's qualifications and our loyal clients also had a huge impact on our success."
Mrs Jeffries said the awards were not only a great way to promote a business, but by preparing the submission a business operator realized where their business was at and what would need to be worked on in the future.
"I would like to thank the Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Bank and all the other sponsors for organizing such a great event," she said.
Chamber of Commerce president David Littleproud said the awards were sensational and perhaps the best one yet.
The quality of nominations and finalists had reached another level this year.
"With all the stresses and strains which come with running a business, the night is a great way to relax, mix with peers and be recognised for what the business has achieved," he said.
"It also helps to put things into perspective and reflect on what local businesses have accomplished during the past 12 months."
Mr Littleproud congratulated the Business Excellence Awards committee on their nine months of hard work in preparing for the awards which resulted in a hugely successful night.
"I feel as the numbers continually increase and the standard of the event raises, it is a positive indication that the committee has come to fruition," he said.