Best In Business Awards 2021

Best In Business Awards 2021

With almost 10,000 nominations received for local businesses, industry, not-for-profits and events, this year’s Best In Business (BIB) Awards was a real celebration of our region’s most excellent.

The Gladstone Chamber of Commerce & Industry awards gala, held on November 6 at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, was attended by over 360 guests eager to learn who would be crowned ‘best in business’ across the 17 award categories.

GCCI Committee President Joe Smith said the 2021 awards, which beat all prior BIB records, would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of GCCI volunteers.

“I would like to thank my fellow committee members for the amazing work that went into planning the whole event, from the nominations through to the judging process and finally the spectacular gala dinner,” he said.

“I would also like to thank our sponsors, Gladstone News, the GECC, UHY Haines Norton, Here for Gladstone and Shell’s QGC business.

“We have had great feedback about the event, and the further updated nomination process, but there is always room for improvement, and we will get to work in the New Year to start planning for next year’s awards.

“We look forward to 2022 being a great year for local businesses and organisations which we can celebrate at an even bigger and better GCCI Best In Business Awards.”

Upton Engineering & Manufacturing took out not only the Engineering & Manufacturing Award on the night, but also the overall Best In Business Award for 2021.

Managing Director Mitchell Upton said the recognition was a testament to the business’s dedicated and hardworking team.

“Our team puts in 110 per cent, every day, they make Upton Engineering & Manufacturing what it is,” he said.

“Importantly, they share my passion for delivering quality Australian-made products.”

Mitchell said the wins were unexpected, but he appreciated the recognition.

“I would like to thank the Gladstone Chamber of Commerce & Industry and all the sponsors for putting on an amazing event,” he said.

“I would also like to recognise all the other companies nominated in the Engineering & Manufacturing category.

“There are a lot of great businesses working in the engineering space, and there’s definitely first-class capability in the manufacturing sector in the Gladstone Region.

“So to win against the other nominees is a great recognition of everything our team has achieved.”

Over $10,500 was raised during the awards gala through a number of silent auctions, with the money to be distributed to local schools by the GCCI in forms of bursaries.

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Best In Business Winners

Engineering & Manufacturing – Upton Engineering & Manufacturing

Hair & Beauty – Halo Hair Studio

Not – for – profit – Aussie Helpers Ltd

Health & Wellness – Innate Chiropractic Gladstone

Accommodation & Resorts – 1770 Lagoons Central Apartment Resort

Customer Service – Keely Curley (Loan Market)

Trades & Services – Greenscape Gladstone

Large Industry – Shell’s QGC business

Hospitality – Fresh Fix Café

Professional Services – Chamberlain Road Veterinary Clinic

Tourism & Events – Luminous Festival

Lifestyle & Micro – Glaminatrix Cosmetics

Retail Store – Port City Meats

Innovation – Halo Tech

Young Business Leader – Jade Jones (Halo Hair Studio)

Business Leader – Dr Alison Young (Innate Chiropractic Gladstone)

Overall Best In Business – Upton Engineering & Manufacturing