THREE Hunter businesses have won recognition at the Australian Small Business Champion Awards.
Merewether cafe Table 1 Espresso was named best cafe in the nation, while Hamilton firm Newcastle Security won in the professional services category.
Beresfield company Streamline Automotive and Performance won in the automotive services category.
Small Business minister Damien Tudehope congratulated NSW companies for scooping the pool by winning 31 out of 50 categories at the awards.
Mr Tudehope said the 2019 edition of the awards were a stellar moment for the state's small business sector.
"NSW is now home to more than 765,000 small businesses, the largest number this state has ever had," he said.
"Our small businesses grew from 736,000 to almost 765,000 in the 12 months to June 2018 which was an increase of 4 per cent on the previous year."