Kerri-Anne Kennerley and our local businesses shine at 2018 Singleton Outstanding Business Awards

‘Shine bright like a diamond’ proved to be an apt theme for the 30th edition of the Singleton Outstanding Business Awards.

SPECIAL GUEST: Kerri-Anne proved why she has survived and thrived for five decades in the cut-throat entertainment industry when she took to the stage at the award night. Pictured here imparting some of her knowledge on local high school students who were conducting interviews at the event for our local business chamber to be used in a video compilation.

SPECIAL GUEST: Kerri-Anne proved why she has survived and thrived for five decades in the cut-throat entertainment industry when she took to the stage at the award night. Pictured here imparting some of her knowledge on local high school students who were conducting interviews at the event for our local business chamber to be used in a video compilation.

MOST OUTSTANDING BUSINESS: Ourcare Services took our the top gong sponsored by the Local Buying Foundation along with the Excellence in Business (over 20 FTE) sponsored by The Eye Place.

MOST OUTSTANDING BUSINESS: Ourcare Services took our the top gong sponsored by the Local Buying Foundation along with the Excellence in Business (over 20 FTE) sponsored by The Eye Place.

With enduring entertainment industry icon Kerri-Anne Kennerley (KAK) adding the sparkle and Ourcare Services shining during Friday night’s celebration of business excellence.

In front of a bumper crowd the well-established service provider picked up the coveted Most Outstanding Business Award along with Excellence in Business with over 20 full-time employees.

While InVent Air and Dolly’s Charity Shop proudly shared the Highly Commended accolade.

This year marks three decades since the event’s conception and fittingly the driving force behind the concept, Gill Eason, took to the stage to present three local businesses with milestone awards.

MILESTONE AWARDS: Singleton's Lancaster Holden was recognised for 100 years of operating, the Bloomfield Group for 80 and Witmore Enterprises for 60.

MILESTONE AWARDS: Singleton's Lancaster Holden was recognised for 100 years of operating, the Bloomfield Group for 80 and Witmore Enterprises for 60.

Gill, and fellow life member of the Singleton Business Chamber Jim Gauld, acknowledged Lancaster Holden for successfully operating their family owned and operated business for 100 years, the Bloomfield Group for 80 years, and Witmore Enterprises for 60 years.

Witmore Enterprises also won the Excellence in Social Enterprise award and their valued employee, Bev Young earned the Judges Award for going “above and beyond”.

Another big winner on the night was Family Lawyer and Domestic Violence Advocate Joplin Higgins.

Joplin is the 2018 Outstanding Business Leader and also collected the Excellence in Small Business (over 20 full-time employees) award.

Other winners:

  • Outstanding Apprentice/Trainee: Michael Quilty GJ Gardener Homes sponsored by Programmed Integrated Workforce;
  • Outstanding Young Entrepreneur (age 18-35): Peter Butcher Hunter Electrics sponsored by McDonalds;
  • Employee of the Year: Samantha Hueston The Eye Place sponsored by the Rotary Club of Singleton;
  • Start Up Super: Kong Au sponsored by Regional Australia Bank;
  • Owner/Operator Business Excellence (Under five full-time employees): Gritfit Training & Health sponsored by Konekt;
  • Excellence in Innovation: Nivek Industries sponsored by Peabody Energy Wambo Coal;