2018 Southern Highlands Local Business Award winners

Hard work, commitment to customer service and dedication to quality have paid off for many businesses of the Southern  Highlands.

In fact, more than 500 people gathered at the Mittagong RSL Club on August 8 to celebrate the achievements of businesses and staff at the annual Southern Highlands Local Business Awards.

The popular annual event recognised the efforts of Highlands businesses and individuals in 30 different categories including the much-coveted gold award for Business of the Year.

In fact, the event which is an initiative of Precedent Productions highlighted a broad range of successful new and long-lasting businesses throughout the night. The winners were:

  • Environment and sustainability – Kinder Garden, Hill Top (Highly Commended) Bare Body Beauty Co (winner)
  • Youth Award – Stephanie Ryan, Home No, 9 Thai Cuisine
  • Bakery Cake Shop – Inspired Cakes by Amy
  • Fast food/takeaway -Hill Top Pizzeria and Takeaway
  • Accommodation – Gribraltar Hotel, Bowral
  • New business – Banter Group
  • Most inclusive employer – Alka Power, Sutton Forest
  • Automotive services – Le Mans Motors, Bowral
  • Fitness services – BentOn Gym
  • Antiques, arts, crafts and gifts – Dirty Janes
  • Fashion shop – Taking Shape
  • Professional services – Argyle Professionals Chartered Accountants
  • Beauty therapist, services – The Vogue Room, Springett’s Arcade
  • Specialised retail busines – Mrs Oldbuck’s Pantry
  • Tourism services – The Grape Escape
  • Wedding services – Somerley House Sutton Forest
  • Specialised business – Southern Highlands Home Care
  • Performing Arts – The Highlands School of Performing Arts (THSPA)
  • Home furniture and furnishings – Bowerbird on Argyle
  • Restaurant – Burrawang General Store
  • Pharmacy – Nick Knowles Pharmacist Advice
  • Cafe – The Shaggy Cow
  • Not-for-profit – Dignity
  • Health improvement service – Mittagong Medical Centre
  • Real Estate Agency – Highlands Property
  • Child care service – The Kinder Garden Hill Top
  • Hairdresser – Spoilt Hairdressing
  • Service and trade -Owen Dark Gardens, Moss Vale
  • Business person of the Year – Geoff O’Reilly of Highlands Property
  • Business of the Year – The Shaggy Cow

The awards were sponsored by several Highlands businesses including major sponsors, NOVA Employment, support sponsors, Wingecarribee Shire Council, Boral Cement Berrima and Flower Flower and media sponsor Southern Highland News.


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