2019 Business Awards Results



Winner - Kinetic Medicine

Highly Commended - Sunrise Supported Living

Finalist - R & R Property, Professionals Harrington, Laing+Simmons Manning Valley, Steber International, Cakes by Candi

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS LEADER - sponsored by Stockland Forster

Winner - Nicole McMullen – Sunrise Supported Living

Highly Commended - Denise Haynes – R&R Property

PEOPLE’S CHOICE - sponsored by Regional Australia Bank

Winner - Blue Water Gifts

Runner Up - Ashlea Road Boutique

Highly Commended - Smart Coast Conveyancing

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR RUNNER UP - sponsored by Insurance Advisernet

Winner - Stacey Lee's Centre Stage

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - sponsored by Insurance Advisernet

Winner - Sunrise Supported Living

HALL OF FAME - sponsored by Forster Bowling Club

Winner - John Mansour – Manning Shoes

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD - sponsored by Kedwell Constructions

Winner - Ted Bickford – Graffiti Buster

Best Start up - sponsored by Newcastle Permanent

Winner - Stacey Lee's Centre Stage

Highly Commended - Admire Skincare and Beauty

Finalist - Smart Coast Conveyancing, Plunge Forster, Twin Towns Removals

Health and Wellbeing - sponsored by Concept Design Kitchens

Winner - Kinetic Medicine

Trades and Construction - Johnson and Thompson

Winner - Admire Skincare and Beauty

TOURISM & HOSPITALITY - sponsored by Mid Coast Automotive

Winner - Sea Horse Diamond Beach

Highly Commended - Big 4 Great Lakes

Finalist - Nate’s Pizzeria, Moby's on Redgum

RETAIL SERVICES - sponsored by MidCoast Council

Winner - Jungle Surf

Highly Commended - Admire Skincare & Beauty

Finalist - Hairworks at Harrington

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES - sponsored by Evermore Retirement Living

Winner - Allied Health Admin Services

Highly Commended - Heath and Hoff

Finalist - R&R Property


Winner - R&R Property

Highly Commended - Admire Skincare and Beauty

Finalist - Nate’s Pizzeria, Travel Counsellors, Gutter-Vac


How do the awards work

The MidCoast Business Awards are supported by the MidCoast Business Chamber, and cover the following Business Chambers:

Taree, Forster Tuncurry, Wingham, Harrington, Gloucester, Old Bar, Myall Lakes and Bulahdelah.

They provide the opportunity to recognise and reward amazing businesses whose passion, determination and innovation inspire other local businesses and local business people.

Applicants must enter their chosen category(s) online via this website.

Each question must be answered, and during this process, will provide the business with analytics about their operations.

The process offers an excellent opportunity for a business to evaluate their journey so far, and just as importantly, for the future direction of the business.

Once the applicant has completed and submitted their entry, it is then assessed by a panel of judges, who assign weighted points against each answer to determine the final outcome.

Successful applicants are then notified via email if they are selected as Finalists. The Winners and Highly Commended awards are announced and presented on the night of the Gala Dinner, to be held at Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club on Saturday 17th August, 2019.


Entries for the 2019 Business Awards have now closed.



NSW Business Chamber Categories for 2019:

Outstanding Business Leader

MidCoast Business Awards Categories for 2019:

Business of the Year

Business of the Year - Runner Up

People’s Choice  

Excellence in Business

Customer Service

Trades and Construction

Health and Wellbeing

Tourism and Hospitality

Best Start Up

Professional Services

Retail Services

Hall of Fame  

Community Service

Independently judged are:

Business of the Year

Business of the Year – Runner Up

 Hall of Fame

Community Service


A panel of judges will asses all submissions and score each question in line with the judging criteria. All submissions will be judged independently by at least 3 judges, the scores were then collated and the outcomes used to decide the finalists, highly commended, and winners of each category. This judging panel is made up of ‘out of area’ business leaders – none of whom enter the awards and have any association or affiliation with local businesses.

Those on the awards committee are not permitted to enter to avoid any conflict of interest.

The judges’ decisions are final and no further discussion will be entered into.

Peoples’ Choice Award

The People’s Choice Award provides an opportunity for businesses to encourage their clientele to vote for their business in the 2019 Business Awards.

It differs from other categories in these awards, in that it enables customers to submit valuable feedback on their business and staff.

This feedback is assessed by the awards committee, and the successful business will receive a certificate and trophy to display within their business.


Lumpy's Nursery and landscape yard

Entering the Business Awards not only gives you a chance to showcase your business, it is a great opportunity to reflect on your planning processes. Winning these awards means a win for your whole team, highlighting their dedication, hard work and perseverance.

Centrepoint Cafe Taree

“ I would highly recommend any business to enter the Awards. I was able to see where I had unexpected growth and what we weren’t doing well. Having to create a financial plan, detailing how I was going to be sustainable was a great learning curve. I asked an expert to guide me with my proposal. She was able to point out strengths, weaknesses and recognise the things that make us stand out.

 Having the trophy is a great conversation starter, it’s lovely seeing the staff really proud of our achievement. I highly recommend any business to enter the Awards. Winning has given us great exposure and acknowledgement amongst our peers.