Best efforts by business
BUSINESSES had the chance to put their "best foot forward" at the 2012 Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards on Saturday night.
Co-ordinator of the sixth annual event Maggie Barnewall said despite recent traumas to the economy, such as the downsizing of Grafton Jail, more than 100 people from the region turned up on Saturday night at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club.
"Various things happening this year took the focus of people's attention and there was a downturn in feeling in the business sector but this year it was really about business people putting their best foot forward," she said.
Eleven businesses scooped an array of prizes and while there were fewer entries than previous years, Ms Barnewall said the quality and diversity of businesses that entered was top notch.
- Clarence Valley Excellent Business Award 2012 - Complete Staff Solutions
- Food & Beverage - Clarence River Seafoods
- New Business Start Up first year of operation - Impulsive Creations Hair Studio
- New Business Start Up up to two years of operation - Quickloader Australia
- Professional Services less than five employees - Complete Staff Solutions
- Professional Services more than five employees - Priceline Pharmacy Yamba Fair
- Retail less than five employees - Clarence River Seafoods
- Retail more than five employees - Priceline Pharmacy Yamba Fair
- Trade, Industry and Manufacturing - Valley Signs & Printing
- Better Access Award -Priceline Pharmacy Yamba Fair
- Workplace Safety - Complete Staff Solutions