B&B’S BIG BIZ AWARD

And col­lege wins award for ed­u­ca­tion

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Diony­sius and Carly Cullen

FOUR years ago, Bli Bli House was in three sep­a­rate pieces, ru­ined by rain and in des­per­ate need of re­pair.

Phil and Mer­ryl Green­bury were mov­ing their home from its orig­i­nal spot in Pa­cific Par­adise to a new block of land on the Ma­roochy River when a freak storm wreaked havoc on the trans­port­ing process.

It took the cou­ple nine months to get it back to an op­er­a­tional bed and break­fast, a process they said al­most broke them.

Their passion for pro­vid­ing a beau­ti­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for their guests kept them go­ing and Bli Bli House River­side Re­treat is now an ex­pe­ri­ence that guests keep com­ing back for.

Now, the Green­burys five-star rated re­treat has just been named the 2018 Busi­ness of the Year at the Sun­shine Coast Busi­ness Awards.

They said there were both hum­bled and shocked to re­ceive the hon­our.

The cou­ple had a short-lived cel­e­bra­tion on the night as they had to get back to their B&B to be up early to serve break­fast to guests the next morn­ing.

Apart from a few ca­sual staff, the cou­ple run the op­er­a­tions en­tirely on their own and they said they would not have it any other way.

“We be­lieve in what we do and we like to go over and above with our guests,” Mr Green­bury said.

Sun­shine Coast Busi­ness Awards chair Jen­nifer Swaine said the quality of en­trants this year was im­pres­sive.

“Once again it is fan­tas­tic and hum­bling to see first-hand the high-cal­i­bre, in­no­va­tive and pro­gres­sive busi­ness com­mu­nity we have here at the thriv­ing Sun­shine Coast,” she said.

Kawana Wa­ters State Col­lege also took out an award for the ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing cat­e­gory.

Mayor Mark Jamieson told the school’s prin­ci­pal Colin Allen-Wa­ters “he was im­pressed with the high cal­i­bre of ed­u­ca­tors and the growth be­ing made in tak­ing the next gen­er­a­tion to new learn­ing heights in the 21st century”.

Check out the rest of the Sun­shine Coast Busi­ness Awards win­ners in our area (in­set) or visit www.sun­shinecoast­busi­nes­sawards.com.au/ 2018-win­ners.

PHOTO: WAR­REN LYNAM

CHEERS TO THAT: Phil and Mer­ryl Green­bury from Bli Bli House have won the Busi­ness of the Year for the Sun­shine Coast.

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