B&B’S BIG BIZ AWARD
And college wins award for education
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.
CHEERS TO THAT: Phil and Merryl Greenbury from Bli Bli House have won the Business of the Year for the Sunshine Coast.