Business Hunter presents

Hunter Business Awards

The Hunter Business Awards is the region’s most prestigious awards program, with businesses and individuals recognised for excellence, achievement and leadership. Held annually, the awards attract on average more than 100 entries and culminate in a gala dinner awards night.

Celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit in the region, the awards provide members with valuable opportunities to promote their business, either as entrants or event partners.


The individuals and businesses nominated for awards are drawn from many sectors, from micro businesses to large corporations, and all make an important contribution to our regional economy.

Bob Hawes, Chief Executive Officer, Business Hunter


Photos via AJM Photography

Business Leader of the Year

Michael DiRienzo | Hunter New England Local Health District

Proudly sponsored by CPA Australia

President's Award

Marty Adnum | Out of the Square

Proudly sponsored by Newcastle Permanent

Kristen Keegan Young Business Leader

Elizabeth Napier | Animal Referral & Emergency Centre

Proudly sponsored by Quarry Mining

Outstanding Young Entrepreneur

Jonathon Power | Empowered Community Services

Proudly sponsored by AGL

Contribution to the Region

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation

Proudly sponsored by Port Authority of NSW

COVID Business Hero / People's Choice

Jodi O'Connor - Ronnoco

Proudly sponsored by University of Newcastle

Local Chamber of Commerce

Singleton Business Chamber

Proudly presented by Business Hunter

Excellence in Workplace Culture, Diversity & Inclusion

Hall & Willcox

Proudly sponsored by Castle Personnel

Excellence in Sustainability

Port of Newcastle

Proudly sponsored by Umwelt

Excellence in Innovation & Adaptability


Proudly presented by Business Hunter

Start Up Superstar

Next Legal and Conveyancing

Proudly presented by Business Hunter

Excellence in Import or Export

Whiteley Corporation

Proudly sponsored by Port of Newcastle

Excellence in Social Enterprise

BU Coaching

Proudly presented by Business Hunter

Excellence in Business

Whiteley Corporation

Proudly sponsored by NSW Minerals Council

Excellence in Small Business

Mara Consulting

Proudly presented by Newcastle Herald

Excellence in Micro Business

CK Health

Proudly sponsored by Glencore

Love Water Love Business

University of Newcastle & Cargill (Joint Winners)

Proudly sponsored by Hunter Water

Life Membership

Richard Anicich AM

Presented by Business Hunter

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