Busi­ness awards night

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

PORT Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Phoebe Kitto was named Busi­ness Per­son of the Year at the Port Dou­glas Mag­a­zine awards on Satur­day night.

Ms Kitto, who owns Hu­man Re­source Dy­nam­ics, said she was sur­prised by the award but flat­tered to re­ceive recog­ni­tion for her hard work within the lo­cal busi­ness community at the awards cer­e­mony, held at the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage on Satur­day night.

“It’s great to re­ceive this in­di­vid­ual recog­ni­tion, how­ever it is im­por­tant to recog­nise that here in Port Dou­glas we all have to come to­gether col­lec­tively and think lat­er­ally as a busi­ness community,” she said.

“It was re­ally great to see so many busi­ness peo­ple out sup­port­ing and con­grat­u­lat­ing each other’s ef­forts and achieve­ments.”

Moss­man and Port Dou­glas Tree Lop­ping owner Billy Quaid was also hum­bled to re­ceive the Port Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce Young Achiever award.

“I was hon­oured to win this award - start­ing as a small fam­ily busi­ness, we’ve grown suc­cess­fully over six years to now em­ploy­ing over 160 lo­cal staff,” Mr Quaid said.

“My busi­ness would have never grown and never be what it is to­day with­out the in­cred­i­ble sup­port of the community, and the great staff we have work­ing here - any busi­ness is only as good as its staff.

“We still have room for ex­pan­sion within the Dou­glas re­gion, and be­yond, and are very fo­cussed on hir­ing and look­ing af­ter lo­cal peo­ple.”

Port Dou­glas Mag­a­zine ed­i­tor Roy Weavers said the event, which recog­nised lo­cal busi­ness achieve­ment in 29 cat­e­gories, ex­ceeded all ex­pec­ta­tions.

“This event seems to of­fer some­thing pos­i­tive and proac­tive to the busi­ness community, and acts as a mea­sure to busi­nesses in terms of how well they are do­ing,” he said.

For a full list of award win­ners, visit www.newsport.com. au.

BUSI­NESS PER­SON OF THE YEAR: Phoebe Kitto

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