Chamber recognises business tall poppies

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph
MC Tim Gossage addresses the crowd at the 2017 Business of the Year Awards.
Camera IconMC Tim Gossage addresses the crowd at the 2017 Business of the Year Awards. Credit: Sophia Constantine

The 2017 Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards were hailed a huge success, with Hedland’s leading business figures and individuals honoured.

Perth personality and sports commentator Tim Gossage was MC for the evening, held at the Walkabout Hotel.

Speaking at the event, PHCC president Jim Henneberry said the awards indicated the strength and success of people in Hedland.

“Due to ongoing support from our members, we continue to be one of the strongest and influential chambers in the Pilbara,” he said.

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“It is through these collaborations and the involvement of our community that we are able to sustain this economy and live in a vibrant town.”

Inline Engineering Services was crowned the prestigious BHP Overall Business of the Year, and also claimed the MG Tyres & RSM Australia Best Business with 11-20 Employees award.

Young BHP apprentice Sarah Karslake took out the Goodline Apprentice of the Year award.

Tracey Morrison of Hedland Well Women’s Centre received the prestigious Scope Business Imaging Employee of the Year award.

The Pilbara Development Commission Best Community Organisation was awarded to EON Foundation and Landing Resort was crowned Australia’s North West Tourism and The Esplanade Hotel Tourism and Hospitality Award. Pilbara Meta Maya Regional Aboriginal Corporation took out the FMG Best Aboriginal Business award, and Hedland K9 Care was named the Hedland First National & Small Business Development Corporation Best Home Based/Mobile Business.

Hedland Barbers was crowned the Horizon Power Best Micro Business with 0-4 Employees, and the Pilbara Media Best Business with 5-10 Employees went to Rexel Port Hedland.

The Esplanade Hotel was awarded Compass Group Best Business, and David Jensen of Goodline was named Town of Port Hedland Best Business Leader.

Indigenous Services People’s Choice Award went to Raikas Cafe.

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