Best busi­nesses shin­ing bright

The Observer - - NEWS - MATT HAR­RIS matthew.har­ris@glad­sto­neob­

THE who’s who of Glad­stone busi­ness gath­ered in a sea of glitz and glam­our at the Yar­alla Sports Club for last week­end’s Best in Busi­ness Awards.

With 21 awards up for grabs, a num­ber of busi­nesses picked up more than one ac­co­lade, in­clud­ing Mer­cure Glad­stone who took home the Over­all Best in Busi­ness Award.

The Mer­cure also won best Ac­com­mo­da­tion and Re­sort – its third con­sec­u­tive win in that cat­e­gory – join­ing Glad­stone Floor­ing Xtra, Dance Kix, Boyne Smelters and Glad­stone Ports Cor­po­ra­tion as mul­ti­ple award win­ners on the night.

GPC’s win in the In­dus­try En­gi­neer­ing and Man­u­fac­tur­ing cat­e­gory ended BSL’s run of four con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries for that award.

There were other back-to-back win­ners in­clud­ing Me­gan Leane (Young Busi­ness Leader) and Fordy’s Spar Ex­press, who shared the award with Hansen’s Clin­ton Food­works in 2017 only to win the award out­right this year.

Mer­cure Glad­stone gen­eral man­ager Craig Con­ley said it was pos­i­tive the ho­tel had re­tained its con­sis­tency in or­der to snare a hat-trick of wins in the A&R cat­e­gory.

But he said win­ning the Over­all Best in Busi­ness Award took him by sur­prise.

“It was a com­plete shock with the Over­all,” Mr Con­ley said.

“When you lis­ten to what some of those com­pa­nies have done ... they’ve done a lot of things.

“To be placed among that and be awarded with the over­all prize was far ex­ceed­ing what we were ex­pect­ing.

“It will drive us now to next year with a lit­tle bit of in­no­va­tion and dif­fer­ent things com­ing on board such as new king apart­ments.”

Mr Con­ley said one of Mer­cure’s lat­est ini­tia­tives was a Wall of Recog­ni­tion hon­our­ing guests who had stayed 100 nights or more.

Photo: Matt Tay­lor GLA031118BIBAWA

SPOILS OF VIC­TORY: All the win­ners from the 2018 Best in Busi­ness Awards.

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