Hugs, cheers and tears of joy were the order of the day (err, night) as the winners of this year’s Hunter Local Business Awards took to the stage on Wednesday, November 8.
The Local Business Awards exist to recognise the vital role business people play in the lives of their communities.
The Newcastle Herald was on hand to capture all the excitement as the finalists in each category were announced, complete with images on the big screen, followed by huge cheers as the winners’ names were read out and they took to the stage to claim their trophies.
Acceptance speeches ranged from teary and emotional to wildly humorous as the winners paid tribute to their staff, congratulated other finalists and thanked the community for its support.
Awards founder and Precedent Productions Managing Director Steve Loe said the evening was a huge success.
“The sell-out crowd included our finalists with their families and staff, as well as our sponsors and local dignitaries, who helped to present awards to the winners,” he said.
“There was a buzz in the air throughout the night as the finalists took the opportunity to relax and socialise.
“The fabulous food and service provided by Belmont 16s made it a truly five-star occasion, as did the entertainment by our Sia and Jessie-J tributes.
“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.”
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 The Hunter Local Business Awards, the Newcastle Herald will publish a winners feature, that recognises all category winners from the presentation evening.
“Of course, the awards are only possibly with the support of Major Sponsors, and Support Sponsors, Newcastle City Council.
“Their involvement proves their commitment to their community and the businesses that thrive there.”
Businesses can register for the 2018 Local Business Awards at www.thebusinessawards.com.au.