- Tuesday 21 November 2017
The winners of the 2017 Sunshine Coast Business Awards, selected from more than 200 finalists, have been announced at a gala celebration attended by more than 500 guests at Twin Waters Resort.
The highest scoring business across all 23 categories was Caloundra Airport-based HeliMods which was named Business of the Year.
Established in 2002, HeliMods has grown to deliver products and configurations to helicopters operating in the jungles of Borneo, to the frozen plains of Antarctica to North America, Europe and across Australia.
Sunshine Coast Council is the platinum partner of the awards and in congratulating each of the finalists and winners, Mayor Mark Jamieson said it was inspiring and rewarding to hear the stories of the very best of an outstanding business community we have in our region.
“It is a significant achievement for them to be here and to receive the industry recognition and accolades they deserve," Mayor Jamieson said.
“The businesses acknowledged in these awards have excelled in their chosen fields, and in many instances, have driven innovation and new technologies.
“These awards also acknowledge the important contribution of our business community in growing our regional economy.
“Without their investment, motivation, ideas and hard work, our healthy, smart, creative region wouldn’t be in such a strong position heading into 2018.”
Sunshine Coast Business Awards chair Jennifer Swaine said judges were impressed by the number and quality of entries.
“We are consistently captivated by the innovative and professional approach of our local business community," she said.
"This year has set another benchmark for high quality entries across each category and has made the process challenging for our judges.
"We also saw three leading businesses inducted into the Hall of Fame for their multiple wins."
Yandina’s CoYo won the Export category for its organic coconut yoghurt alternative that is now in global demand.
Taking out the Professional Services category was Nicklin Way Vet Surgery, while Tensegrity Training again won the Education and Trainingaward for the second year in a row.
Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast won the award for Customer Service and Engagement and Excellence in Leadership and STEPS Charity won for Social Enterprise.
FreshBox took home the Agribusiness award, also for the second time, for its focus on sustainable, cooperative home delivery from local organic farmers and producers.
4 Ingredients won the Creative Industries award while, the Building and Manufacturing award went to Smartline Machinery Pty Ltd; HeliModswon the Innovation award and Sunshine Coast Lightning collected the award for Festivals and Events.
In a clean sweep of the major categories, Rohan Driver of HeliMods was honoured with the Employee of the Year title and the Outstanding Business Person of the Year was awarded to Will Shrapnel of HeliMods.
The Young Entrepreneur of the Year was Matt Hepburn of Your Mates Brewing Co.
Three leading regional businesses - Rumba Beach Resort, Sunshine Coast Radiology, and ab fab the Stress Free Movers - were inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.