Pair clean up at busi­ness awards

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Blanche Bar and Yo-Get-It Kar­ratha were the big win­ners in the 2016 Kar­ratha and Dis­tricts Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try Awards, tak­ing home seven and four awards re­spec­tively.

Hun­dreds of movers and shak­ers in the Kar­ratha busi­ness com­mu­nity dressed to the nines for the an­nual awards cer­e­mony at the Tam­brey Func­tion Cen­tre on Satur­day.

Blanche Bar and its staff col­lected awards across al­most half of the night’s 14 award cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing busi­ness of the year.

It also won best busi­ness (11-20 em­ploy­ees) and best busi­ness lo­cal achiever, and was a joint win­ner of the young/small busi­ness achiever award.

The com­pany won the tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity award for the third con­sec­u­tive year and was in­au­gu­rated into the KDCCI Hall of Fame.

Blanche Bar man­ager Lara Du­cie won the em­ployee of the year cat­e­gory.

Ms Du­cie said it had been a par­tic­u­larly big year for the com­pany, run­ning the sec­ond Beats in the Heat festival and start­ing two new off­shoots in the form of Wick­ham’s Ram­bla Bar and Fiorita Deli, in re­sponse to chang­ing pref­er­ences in the com­mu­nity.

“We do work hard but to re­ceive recog­ni­tion on that scale is as­ton­ish­ing, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing there are so many fan­tas­tic small busi­nesses, par­tic­u­larly home­based busi­nesses that are do­ing so well.”

Yo-Get-It Kar­ratha was also a stand-out per­former, with awards for best mi­cro busi­ness (0-4 em­ploy­ees), best fran­chise busi­ness, best new busi­ness and best young/small busi­ness achiever.

KDCCI chief ex­ec­u­tive John Lally said sub­mis­sions for the awards had dou­bled since 2015, show­ing busi­ness in the city seemed to be pick­ing up, if in dif­fer­ent ar­eas, de­spite the wan­ing of the min­ing con­struc­tion phase.

Mother-and-daugh­ter com­pany Red Rock Health and Fit­ness won the com­pet­i­tive best home-based busi­ness award cat­e­gory, while Erin Hardy Pho­tog­ra­phy was highly com­mended.

Life & Soul was an­nounced best busi­ness (5-10 em­ploy­ees) and last year’s over­all win­ner, KBSS En­gi­neer­ing, took home best busi­ness (20+ em­ploy­ees).

Ms Du­cie used one of her speeches to pay trib­ute to for­mer KBSS op­er­a­tions man­ager and Kar­ratha com­mu­nity mem­ber Mark Slo­combe, who died in an in­ci­dent in Perth ear­lier this year.

Best Abo­rig­i­nal busi­ness was Im­pact Me­dia and Pil­bara Com­mu­nity Le­gal Ser­vice won best com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion for the sec­ond time since 2013.

Dampier mas­sage par­lour The Turquoise Soul was highly com­mended in the best new busi­ness cat­e­gory, Wrapped Cre­ations was highly com­mended in the best busi­ness lo­cal achiever cat­e­gory, and KAW En­gi­neer­ing’s San­jay Ya­dav was highly com­mended for em­ployee of the year.

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