Ipswich businesses shine at annual awards night
LLEWELLYN Motors general manager James Sturges believes a business needs to constantly improve if it is to be successful.
"Our company is always looking at doing things more efficiently; both from a customer and profitability point-of-view," he said. "You have to stay ahead of the curve."
With that attitude, it seems fitting that Llewellyn Motors - the company where Mr Sturges has worked for 13 years - took out the Future Focused Award at this year's Ipswich Business Awards.
The annual event, organised by the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce, celebrates the accomplishments in Ipswich's business community. The awards were held at the Ipswich Civic Centre on Saturday.
Mr Sturges said he and his staff were honoured to win the award, and that he had also gained a lot out of the application process.
"When you fill out the application, it forces you to look at every aspect of your business and take stock of what you have achieved and what you could improve on," he said.
"The awards are a great way of celebrating local businesses in what they do."
A big winner of the night was St Andrew's Hospital which took out Business of the Year. CEO of the hospital Chris Went said the achievement was a reflection of the facility's hard-working staff as well as on-going endeavours to provide more health services to the community.
"As a small, private hospital, we've achieved a lot in a short period of time, such as bringing cardiac services to town as well as rehabilitation services for private patients," she said. "Our plan is to keep growing."
Also celebrating was Jamaica Blue franchisee Laura Toohey whose cafe business in Riverlink won New Business of the Year.
Ms Toohey said she was honoured - and a little shocked - to have won against such an impressive line-up of local businesses.
As a new business, Ms Toohey said she was pleased to see the community had embraced her cafe, which had continued to grow in sales and customer loyalty.
New Business of the Year
- Jamaica Blue Riverlink
Customer Service Award
- Gaye's Hair Fashions
Tourism/Community Event of the Year
- Willowbank Raceway
- Zonta Club of Ipswich
Young Business Person of the Year
- Lauren Antonenko - Walk on Wheels
Business Person of the Year
- Ruthie Farrar - Battery World
- NuGrow Pty Ltd
Small Business of the Year
- Battery World Ipswich
Business of the Year
- St Andrew's Ipswich Private Hospital
Future Focused Award
- Llewellyn Motors
Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and Industry President's Award
- Carol Levinge - Chamber executive officer