New business wins best business
Inverloch children’s wear business, Norte, took out Business of the Year on Friday evening at Bass Coast Shire Council’s biggest Business Awards yet.
Norte, that also won New Business Award, was founded by sisters, Amy and Casey Hill, who undertook extensive research prior to launching their brand to ensure the business had the best chance of success.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said the judges were also impressed by Norte’s support of local community, including sporting teams, events and primary schools.
“The business also donates a portion of its profits from their Peace Out t-shirt range to Save the Children, and donates jackets to families in need at the Safe Steps Family Response Centre,” Cr Rothfield said.
Phillip Island Helicopters also had a very successful night, taking home the People’s Choice Business of the Year Award, as well as the People’s Choice Tourism/Attraction Award and Business Excellence 6+ Employees Award.
It was also runner-up in the Marketing and Promotion category.
A new award – the Business Innovation Award – was awarded for the first time to The Wonthaggi Market, and the Phillip Island Tenpin Bowling and Entertainment Centre was also inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Good Access is Good Business category.
Cr Rothfield said it was a fantastic night, with over 190 people attending from over 35 different Bass Coast businesses.
“I’d like to congratulate everyone who was involved in the Business Awards this year, including all of the award winners and finalists, and everyone who entered, nominated or voted for a business,” Cr Rothfield said.
“I’d also like to thank our sponsors on the evening, and Council’s Economic Development Team who worked tirelessly to make this year’s event another huge success.”
2017 Award Winners
2017 Bass Coast People's Choice Award winners
Health and Lifestyle Award – BH beauty.skin.body, Wonthaggi
Hospitality Award – Cheeky Goose Café, Cowes
Professional Services Award - Sargeants Conveyancing Bass Coast
Retail Business Award – Bass Strait Direct, Newhaven
Tourism/Attraction Award – Phillip Island Helicopters
Trades/Services Award – McHenry Motors, Cowes
2017 Bass Coast Business Award winners
Business Excellence 0-5 employees - proudly sponsored by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Winner – Coast Magazine, Cape Woolamai
Runner up – Harman Wines, Wattlebank
Business Excellence 6+ employees – proudly sponsored by Phillip Island RSL
Winner – Phillip Island Helicopters
Runner up – Maru Koala and Animal Park, Grantville
Marketing and Promotion - proudly sponsored by Destination Phillip Island
Winner – A Maze’N Things, Phillip Island
Runner up – Phillip Island Helicopters
New Business - proudly sponsored by Bass Coast Shire Council
Winner – Norte, Inverloch
Runner up – Freedom Organics, San Remo
Environment and Sustainability - proudly sponsored by Westernport Water
Winner – The Sociable Weaver, Cape Paterson
Runner up – San Remo IGA
Good Access is Good Business - proudly sponsored by Rural Access
Winner – Phillip Island Tenpin Bowling and Entertainment Centre
Runner up – Drift Media, Inverloch
Business Innovation Award – proudly sponsored by Bass Coast Shire Council
Winner – The Wonthaggi Market
2017 Bass Coast People's Choice Business of the Year
Winner - Phillip Island Helicopters
2017 Bass Coast Business of the Year
Winner - Norte, Inverloch
2017 Hall of Fame inductee
Phillip Island Tenpin Bowling and Entertainment Centre – Good Access is Good Business