AWARDS - 2022 BANNERS
 

2022 Hunter Business Awards

 

The iconic Hunter Business Awards seek to highlight the important contributions businesses make to the local, national and global business communities. Held annually for more than 40 years, the program is known for celebrating the achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of our region's most inspiring organisations and individuals. Entering your business is a rewarding experience.

It provides an opportunity to reflect on the goals, strategies and vision which have shaped your success, and the insights you gain help drive growth and the longevity of your business. Enter today and see where it takes your business.

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2022 Hunter Business Awards.

 

HUNTER BUSINESS AWARDS 2022 WINNERS

Photos by AJM Photography

Love Water, Love Business

Oaks Pacific Blue Resort

Proudly sponsored by Hunter Water

Business of the Year

The Hi-Vis Group

Proudly sponsored by IMB Bank

Outstanding Business Leader

Justin Hales of Camplify

Proudly presented by CPA Australia

President's Award

Viv Allanson of Maroba Aged Care

Proudly sponsored by Newcastle Permanent

Kristen Keegan Young Business Leader

Scott Lynch of Community Therapy

Proudly sponsored by Quarry Mining

Outstanding Employee

Hayley Shute of Aussie Ark

Proudly presented by Business Hunter

Contribution to the Region

Out of the Square

Proudly presented by Whiteley

Employer of Choice

PKF Sydney and Newcastle 

Proudly sponsored by Spirit Super

Outstanding Local Chamber

Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Proudly sponsored by AGL

Excellence in Sustainability

The Hi-Vis Group

Proudly sponsored by Umwelt
 

Excellence in Innovation

SAPHI Engineering

Proudly presented by Port Authority of NSW

Outstanding Start-Up

Rescourceful Living

Proudly sponsored by Hunt Hospitality

Excellence in Export

Batrium

Proudly sponsored by Port of Newcastle
 

Outstanding Community Organisation

Home in Place

Proudly sponsored by Newcastle Permanent

Excellence in Large Business

The Hi-Vis Group

Proudly presented by NSW Minerals Council
 

Excellence in Micro Business

Borne Clothing

Proudly sponsored by Glencore

 

Excellence in Small Business

Aussie Ark

Proudly sponsored by Newcastle Herald
 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Kristen Keegan Young Business Leader: Alicia Floyer of Next Level & Conveyancing, Kiraley Martin of Lake Macquarie City Council and Steven Fordham of Black Rock Industries, 

Outstanding Local Chamber: Business Singleton

Contribution to the Region: Hunt Hospitality

Outstanding Employee: Jordan Farrelly of A Growing Understanding

Employer of Choice: Morgan Engineering and Newcastle and Hunter Community Health

Excellence in Export: Leogate Estate Wines

Outstanding Start-Up: Sustainable ESG and Hickey Wheeler

Excellence in Innovation: Camplify and HVCCC

Outstanding Business Leader: Tim Faulkner of Aussie Ark

Excellence in Large Business: Community Therapy

Excellence in Small Business: Seed People Consulting and Next Legal and Conveyancing

Outstanding Community Organisation: Youth Express

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List of 2022 Categories

Proudly sponsored by CPA Australia

The Business Leader of the Year award recognises an inspirational business leader aged 36 or over who demonstrates outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business direction and innovative ideas, whilst providing leadership to the new generation. As part of the application, entrants will be asked to provide a brief outline of their role, key challenges that have required leadership on the individuals behalf, and an overview of your five-year goals and strategies.

2022 Finalists:

  • Anita White - Witmore
  • Annie Jiang - Go Circular
  • Chris Seysener - HVCCC
  • Grant Jupe - Raine and Horne Muswellbrook
  • Justin Hales - Camplify
  • Michelle Kent - Kent Conveyancing
  • Alison McQueen - Newcastle and Hunter Community Health
  • Tim Faulkner - Aussie Ark

Proudly sponsored by Quarry Mining

The Kristen Keegan Young Business Leader award recognises an inspirational business leader aged 35 or under who demonstrates outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business direction and innovative ideas. As part of the application, entrants will be asked to provide a brief outline of their role, key challenges that have required leadership on the individuals behalf, and an overview of your five-year goals and strategies.

2022 Finalists:

  • Alexander Wheeler - Hickey Wheeler
  • Alicia Floyer - Next Legal and Conveyancing
  • Brodie Meney - Aussie Ark
  • Cameron Owen - SAPHI Engineering
  • Clara Riddle - Supreme Sandstone
  • Jordan Peterson - Acrobat Removals and Storage
  • Justine Aubin - August and Claire
  • Kiraley Martin - Lake Macquarie City Council
  • Scott Lynch - Community Therapy
  • Steven Fordham - Blackrock Industries

Proudly sponsored by Whiteley

The Contribution to the Region award recognises an organisation that has made a significant contribution to the ongoing prosperity and growth of the Hunter Region outside its core business activity. Entrants will be asked to provide evidence of how this contribution has benefited people and/or organisations outside the core business activities of their client/customer base.

2022 Finalists:

  • Aussie Ark
  • Belgravia Leisure North NSW
  • Catherine Henry Lawyers
  • Home in Place
  • Hunt Hospitality
  • Morgan Engineering
  • Out of the Square
  • Port Authority of NSW
  • Roma Orchard
  • Tomago Aluminium Company

Proudly sponsored by Newcastle Permanent

The President’s Award is selected by the Hunter Business Chamber President and recognises an organisation or individual that has added substantial value to business efforts in the Hunter Region.

Proudly presented by Business Hunter

The Outstanding Employee Award recognises an inspirational employee who has demonstrated a passion for their role and a commitment to their workplace and community. This award can either be completed by self-nomination, or an employer can nominate an employee. In the case where an employer nominates an employee, question three is not mandatory to complete. To be eligible to enter this category, the individual must have been employed by their current employer for a minimum of 18 months.

2022 Finalists:

  • Andrea MacDougall - Camplify
  • Eddie Toubia - Green Street Property
  • Hayley Shute - Aussie Ark
  • Janice Lawrence - Hunter Valley Supports
  • Jordan Farrelly - A Growing Understanding
  • Kayla Russell - Palfreyman Chartered Accountants
  • Luisa Amosa - Hunt Hospitality
  • Skye Harvey - Myrtec
  • Stephanie Kelly - Conveyancing Services
  • Vanessa Johns - International Child Care College

Proudly sponsored by AGL

The Outstanding Local Chamber Award recognises the achievements of a Local Chamber of Commerce in supporting its members to maximise their business potential through advocacy, education and promotion. To be eligible to enter this category, Local Chambers must be a part of the Business NSW Chamber Local Chamber Alliance program.

2022 Finalists:

  • Adamstown Business Group
  • Bulahdelah Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
  • Business Singleton
  • Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Proudly sponsored by Newcastle Permanent 

The Outstanding Community Enterprise Award recognises an organisation that works to improve the social, cultural or environmental wellbeing of the community. Applicants will be required to explain the social purpose of your organisation, showcase the key features of your business development strategy, and outline how your organisation has managed challenges faced within the last 12-months.

2022 Finalists:

  • Adamstown Bowling Club
  • Early Links
  • Home in Place
  • Reach for Training
  • Swansea Community Cottage
  • The Mai-Wel Group
  • Upper Hunter Homeless Support
  • Youth Express

Proudly sponsored by Spirit Super

The Employer of Choice Award recognises a business that has implemented strategies and initiatives to create stimulating and supportive workplace environments to maximise the full potential of their workforce. Entrants are required to demonstrate their achievements over the past 12 months across the key areas of employee recruitment, engagement and retention. Category criteria is based on initiatives that have had a positive impact on both the workforce and business.

2022 Finalists:

  • Early Links
  • Hicksons Lawyers Newcastle
  • Hunter Imaging Group
  • Lake Group Strata
  • Morgan Engineering
  • Newcastle and Hunter Community Health
  • Newcastle Permanent
  • PKF Sydney and Newcastle
  • Access Psych
  • Umwelt

Proudly sponsored by Port of Newcastle

The Excellence in Export Award recognises a business that exports its products or services internationally and are building a strong reputation for Australian products and services in international markets. As part of the application, entrants will be asked to outline your measurable export success over the past 12 months, provide an overview of your international marketing strategy, and provide your export earnings as a proportion of total sales revenue.

2022 Finalists:

  • Batrium Pty Ltd
  • Leogate Estate Wines
  • Tomago Aluminium Company Pty Ltd

Proudly sponsored  by Port Authority of NSW

The Excellence in Innovation Award recognises a business that has made significant contributions to their industry or implemented innovative solutions for new and existing business needs through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application. As part of the application, businesses will need to outline the innovation implemented, and why the innovation is unique within your industry and how it differentiates your business from its competitors.

2022 Finalists: 

  • SAPHI Engineering
  • Blue Tribe Co.
  • Camplify
  • Community Therapy
  • HVCCC
  • Fire Response
  • ProCare Mental Health Services
  • Morgan Engineering
  • Tomago Aluminium Company
  • Whiteley

Proudly sponsored by Umwelt

The Excellence in Sustainability Award recognises a business that has demonstrated its commitment to sustainable business practices and is working to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment. Entrants are required to demonstrate their achievements over the past 12 months across the key area of environmental sustainability. Category criteria is based on initiatives and projects executed within the business not related to its core offering.

2022 Finalists:

  • Feedback Organics
  • Home in Place
  • Imaginelle Formulations
  • SAPHI Engineering
  • Orica Kooragang Island
  • Hunter New England Health
  • The Hi-Vis Group

Proudly sponsored by Glencore

The Excellence in Micro Business Award recognises a business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience. Entrants are required to demonstrate their achievements over the past 12 months across the key area of business excellence. This category is open to businesses with less than 5 employees at the time of entry, who have been trading for a continuous period of two years or more.

2022 Finalists:

  • Adventures in Speech Pathology
  • Borne Clothing
  • Hunter Valley Elite Window Tinting
  • The Hunter in a Basket
  • Valorium Advisors

Proudly sponsored  by our official media partner, Newcastle Herald

The Excellence in Small Business Award recognises a business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience. Entrants are required to demonstrate their achievements over the past 12 months across the key area of business excellence. This category is open to businesses with 5 to 20 employees at the time of entry, who have been trading for a continuous period of two years or more.

2022 Finalists:

  • Aussie Ark
  • CPR Pest Management Services
  • GDW Engineering
  • Invent Air
  • MV Solar
  • Next Legal and Conveyancing
  • R & R Property
  • Salon Ten
  • SAPHI Engineering
  • Seed People Consulting

Proudly sponsored by NSW Minerals Council

The Excellence in Business Award recognises a business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience. Entrants are required to demonstrate their achievements over the past 12 months across the key area of business excellence. This category is open to businesses with 21 or more employees at the time of entry, who have been trading for a continuous period of two years or more.

2022 Finalists:

  • A Growing Understanding
  • Air Extreme Air Conditioning
  • Camplify
  • Community Therapy
  • iGym 24/7
  • Morgan Engineering
  • Newcastle Permanent
  • Ourcare Services Ltd
  • The Hi-Vis Group
  • The Royal Hotel Muswellbrook

Proudly sponsored by Hunt Hospitality

The Start Up Superstar Award recognises a start-up business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the potential to achieve future success. Entrants are required to demonstrate their commitment over the past 12 months to being an outstanding start-up, and describe why your product or service offering is unique within your industry and differentiates your business from competitors. This category is open to new businesses trading for a period less than 24 months.

2022 Finalists:

  • August Bloom Hunter Valley
  • Clarke & Co Estate Agents
  • Go Circular
  • Hickey Wheeler
  • Jaegersoft
  • Mummel Road - Positive Behaviour Support
  • Resourceful Living
  • Salt Property Newcastle
  • Sustainable ESG
  • The Rogue Scholar

Proudly sponsored by Hunter Water

The Love Water Love Business Award (Hunter Water Savers) is an initiative between Business Hunter and Hunter Water. Entrants for this award are Business Hunter members that have undergone water audits and as a result employed water efficiency retrofits. The business that has saved the largest amount of water will be announced as the winner.

2022 Finalists:

  • Belmont Golf Club
  • Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)
  • Oaks Pacific Blue Resort

Proudly sponsored by IMB Bank.

Business of the Year open to all winners of the following categories:

·         Excellence in Export

·         Employer of Choice

·         Excellence in Innovation

·         Excellence in Sustainability

·        Outstanding Community Organisation

·        Outstanding Start-up

·        Excellence in Micro Business

·        Excellence in Small Business

·        Excellence in Large Business

This award is awarded to a Business that has been judged to be an outstanding business, that has provided an entry that demonstrates achievements and excellence over and above all other entrants.  This award will be judged by a panel of three judges that have not judged any other entries in the awards.