Southern Car Care shines at awards

Emily AceSouth Western Times
Southern Car Care were named the 2017 South West Small Business of the Year.
Camera IconSouthern Car Care were named the 2017 South West Small Business of the Year. Credit: South Western Times

Southern Car Care received the highest accolade of the South West Small Business Awards in front of a full house at the annual gala night on Saturday, being awarded the Small Business of the Year 2017.

A record number of more than 90 submissions were received ahead of this year’s ceremony, which translated to a sell-out crowd at the Quality Hotel Lighthouse ballroom as small businesses from across the region sought recognition for their hard work.

Southern Car Care also collected the award for Business with 5-10 Employees, while the Business with 0-4 Employees award was collected by fellow Bunbury business H&H Automotive.

Other major winners included Calwyn Griffiths from Laser Electrical Bunbury who was awarded Business Person of the Year, while his company was also presented with the award for Business with 11-20 Employees.

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The Goodnight Nurse took home two major titles; the Home Based Business Award and Community Engagement Award.

This year’s ceremony also highlighted excellent customer service in the region, with Shane Ashmore of Ashmore Mobile Mechanics bestowed the 2017 WOW award for Excellence in Customer Service, while the Customer Service Award was collected by Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages.

Event coordinator Alisha Fenn said the competition was extremely tight, but the winners were “very well matched”.

“We had such a variety of people who came through as the winners, so when we hit regionals later on in the year we are going to be very well represented,” she said.

Mrs Fenn said those who did not take home an award should not be discouraged, as the overall winners usually enter multiple times before finding success.

“Every year businesses receive feedback from the judges to help them to step it up a notch – receiving feedback to work on their business is what they should take away from the process,” she said.

For the first time, all winners will be accepted into the 2017 Regional Small Business Awards held in Perth.

Mrs Fenn encouraged all winners to have their applications reviewed by a Business South West advisor.

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