Businesses in the spotlight
Margaret River businesses frocked up for last Wednesday’s business awards, with Ocean Grown Abalone’s Brad Adams honoured as business operator of the year.
The 11th Margaret River Chamber of Commerce awards gala saw businesses pack into the Eight Willows Retreat, together with emcee Forrest MHR Nola Marino and other dignitaries.
Chamber president Steven Castan said the awards had a record 34 finalists.
“The business awards are a fantastic opportunity not only to be recognised by your peers and the community and showcase your business, but to increase your bottom line,” he said.
“Previous winners and finalists have remarked to the Chamber how their involvement resulted in a boost to turnover and goodwill for their businesses. “Any flow-on effect of the awards is also raising the profile of the Margaret River brand.”
Mr Castan said the submission process also helped businesses fine-tune their marketing and customer-service commitments.
Mr Adams’ gong, sponsored by the Augusta-Margaret River Times, was for “exceptional entrepreneurialism and determination, taking a vision to grow wild abalone on artificial reefs in Flinders Bay and turning it into a world-first business, now exporting by the tonne and the biggest employer in Augusta”.
Business of the Year went to ROK Kombucha, while newcomers Grape Escape South West Tours, the Margaret River Surf School, and Margaret River Cowaramup Electrical Services were all among the 11 category winners. To see the full winners’ list, visit www.mrcci.com.au.
Amanda and Trent Carroll of ROK Kombucha with Russell Waterman.