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