IF there is a secret recipe for success in business, it starts with picking the right ingredients.
The cream of the crop at the recent Hinchinbrook Business Awards was young, local and aspiring entrepreneur Hayden Di Bella from Di Bella Produce who took out top honours being awarded the NQIB Hinchinbrook Business of the Year.
Hayden is an aspiring farmer who specialises in growing fresh sweet potatoes, pumpkins other fresh fruit and vegetables on the family’s property on the outskirts of the Ingham district.
The Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce celebrated its second Hinchinbrook Business Awards last Thursday the 29 July.
The successful event was held at the Royal Hotel in Ingham and the guests walked the red carpet and were interviewed by local business owner from Wild Local Prawns and chamber member Rebecca Zaghini.
The mayor of the Hinchinbrook region, Ramon Jayo, and the Honourable Bob Katter addressed the crowd during the evening and assisted with the presentation of the certificates for nominees and awards for the winners of each category.
Chamber President Rachael Coco said: ‘I’m thrilled with the 2021 instalment of the awards which, showcased and recognised excellence in the local business community’.
The awards were an unequivocal success that celebrated local success stories and paid tribute to the passion and dedication of local entrepreneurs.Rachael Coco – Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce President
‘Each and every nominee should be proud of their accomplishments and the winners deserve to hold their heads high – they stood out in truly exceptional field which is a feat in itself.
‘The sponsors, judges, suppliers, caterers, venue and special guest, the Honorable Bob Katter, also deserved praise.
‘Events like this don’t happen without many hands providing invaluable support. I’m so grateful to everyone who contributed towards the Hinchinbrook Business Awards and especially thankful for the tireless efforts of Chamber’s Management Committee.’
The event was photographed by talented local photographer Mostyn Swain from Photo Graphic Artisan, who kindly donated his time by covering the event and provided all attendees with complimentary photos from the evening as a keepsake.
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Below are the winners and runners up for all award categories:
NICK DAMETTO MP YOUNG ENTRENEUR OF THE YEAR 2021
WINNER Rae of Sunshine & Co
RUNNER UP Hinchinbrook Surveying Solutions
CANEGROWERS HERBERT RIVER EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR 2021
WINNER Ingham Toyota
RUNNER UP SuperCheap Auto Ingham
SPECIAL MENTION Lee’s Hotel
WILMAR EXCELLENCE CUSTOMER SERVICE BUSINESS AWARD 2021
WINNER Frosty Mango
RUNNER UP Wild Local Prawns
HIGH ACHIEVEMENT IN MYSTERY SHOPPING
Ray White Ingham, Raven Tours, Lisa Maree, MAMS Group
SPECIAL MENTION Subway Ingham
HINCHINBROOK SHIRE COUNCIL MAYOR’S HEART OF HINCHINBROOK COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD 2021
WINNER North Queensland Insurance Brokers
RUNNER UP Felix Reitano Furniture & Real Estate
FELIX REITANO FURNITURE & REAL ESTATE EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION AWARD 2021
WINNER Optimise Health & Wellness
RUNNER UP Mungalla Aboriginal Business Corporation
MONIQUE’S SWEET TREATS MOST INSPIRING MICRO-BUSINESS 2021
WINNER Five Fountain Studio
RUNNER UP Good Energy Massage, Health & Beauty
SPECIAL MENTION Photo Graphic Artisan
WILD LOCAL PRAWNS HINCHINBROOK EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR 2021
WINNER Yvonne Bosworth
RUNNER UP Paul Previtera
RAY WHITE INGHAM HINCHINBROOK APPRENTICE/TRAINEE OF THE YEAR 2021
WINNER Jack Pelleri
RUNNER UP Mackenzie Rhodes
SPECIAL MENTION Ethan Hillyard
GUIDO’S PANEL & PAINT BREST PRESENTED BUSINESS 2021
WINNER Lucinda Point Hotel Motel
RUNNER UP Mick’s Bread Kitchen
SPECIAL MENTION Ingham Toyota
INGHAM MOTORCYCLE & MOWERS EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE INDIVIDUAL AWARD 2021
WINNER Derek Kopeshke
RUNNER UP Nikki Collins-Furber
SPECIAL MENTION Kyra Siely
NQIB HINCINBROOK BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2021
WINNER Di Bella Produce and Farming
RUNNER UP MAMS Group