2023 Business Awards

On Friday, 21 October over 130 members and invited guests attended the annual McLaren Vale Business Awards at the McLaren Vale Motel & Apartments. The McLaren Vale Business & Tourism Awards have been running since 2003 to celebrate the quiet achievers in our beautiful and vibrant region. With excellent support from the local business community, the volunteer committee co-ordinate the Awards program annually. Businesses are nominated by the community and businesses with a minimum of 5 nominations are invited to submit a submission for their relevant category. Submissions are then reviewed by an independent judging panel who select 3 finalists and an overall winner in each category.

The room was decorated with local flowers arranged by Holly from Harvest Studio and Tina from McLaren Vale Motel added some colour to the room from their local garden. Fairy lights, local banners, a drink in hand and we were away with the extravaganza. Local photographer Jack Brown took photos of all the winners and grinners, as who doesn’t like a good photo when you’re all dressed up!
Dance Extreme entertained us during the first break with high energy routines that had you dancing in your seat. The young dancers have a chance to show their routines and experience performing to an audience.

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The overall Business of Year Winner was awarded to Heritage. SA on Main – also winner of the New Business category. A standout application which impressed all of the judges. The Business of the Year, Heritage. By SA on Main, received a $500 print and design voucher from long term supporter of the Business Awards, Ink on Paper and a Jarrah Honey Package from Trelivings worth $250.
People’s Choice winner Bracegirdles, who also received the Hospitality Award received $500 from Bendigo Community Bank Fleurieu and a Stunning collection of Riverland Orange Body and House care from Trelivings worth $350.
Winning their category for the 3rd time, Congratulations to Peter Busbridge from Southern Locksmiths, for being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

ALL WINNERS…

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Retail Award – McLaren Vale Garden Centre

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Hospitality – Bracegirdles

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Tourism & Experiences – Big Sing

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Home Based Business – Great Southern Runs

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New Business – Heritage. By SA on Main

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Trades – Southern Locksmiths

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Business & Professional Services – Alite Bookkeeping

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Employee – Jessica Waters, McLaren Vale Bakery.

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People’s Choice – Bracegirdles

Health and Wellbing – Donna Adams. Absent

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Environment – Southern Koala & Echidna Rescue AND Willunga Basin Trail

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Business of the Year – Heritage. By SA on Main

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Hall of Fame – Peter Busbridge, Southern Locksmiths

The planning for the 2024 McLaren Vale Business & Tourism Awards is well under way and this year promises to be even more exciting, with major sponsorship from Bendigo Community Bank Fleurieu and more dancing from Dance Xtreme. Nominations will be open from 31st July, with a Gala Event on 1st November 2024.

Amanda Atlee
Author: Amanda Atlee

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