Busi­nesses in the spot­light

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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

Amanda and Trent Car­roll of ROK Kom­bucha with Rus­sell Water­man.

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