Best in the business
IT'S a first!
For the first time in the history of the Coffs Coast Business Awards two organisations have been announced as joint holders of the 2005 Business of the Year title.
Paul Hoffman, from Express Coach Builders, and Harry Barry, from the Plantation Hotel, were crowned the ultimate business holders during an official ceremony at the Coffs Ex-Services Club on Saturday.
Paul Hoffman, from Express Coach Builders, was 'blown away' by the announcement and said he was humbled at collecting three awards throughout the evening.
"This year will mark 10 years for Express Coach Builders, and we started with just six staff and we now employ 90," the general manager said.
Somewhat speechless, Mr Hoffman admitted he was extremely surprised by the announcement and today he was looking forward to informing all his staff of the good news.
"Going into small business is a test of growth and we have shown that it is possible with a growth of about 90 per cent since we started."
Harry Barry, from the Plantation Hotel, employs 55 people and just recently he celebrated only his second year in business on the Coffs Coast.
Equally surprised, he said it was through the hard work of his staff and supporters that he was accepting the award.
"There is so much work that goes into business, especially behind the scenes, and I think everyone needs to be congratulated for this effort," Mr Barry said.
The theme for this year's Business Awards was sport and culture and the evening showcased how, from humble beginings of dairy farming, bananas and timber, the Coffs Coast had become a dynamic and competitive market of manufacturing, tourism and artistic expression.
Other winners on the night were Shimmers Cafe for Retail; Triple S BBQ and Ella Bache for Franchise; Nambucca Macnuts for Agribusiness; the Enterprise and Training Company for Professions and Services; the Mortgage Bureau for Family Business; the Plantation Hotel for Tourism and Hospitality; Aarvbee for Construction and Trades; Express Coach Builders for Manufacturing, Wholesale and Distribution; and Tarraray for New Business.
Outstanding Achievement Awards were also given to Express Coach Builders for Training; Greenspan Technology for Innovation; Repton Riverside Tourist Park for Environment; the MBT Group for Business; and Hayward Corporate for New Business Concept.
Judges Special Commendations went to Bonettos, Palm Tree Medical Centre and Hidden Image Hairdressing.