It was a night of celebrating business excellence at the prestigious Central Coast Regional Business Awards on Friday 11 October.

From the 150 nominations across the 2019 Central Coast Regional Awards program, it all came down to 12 Regional Category Winners and culminated in the Regional Business of the Year being named as Life Health Foods.

The Berkeley Vale company, employing 130 locals, also took out top accolades for Excellence in Innovation with their plant-based meat product.

Among the other winners, Australian Reptile Park was awarded Excellence in Business for the second year running, while also taking home the Outstanding Young Employee Award for Venom Supervisor – Zac Bower.

Gosford Private Hospital claimed the Excellence in Sustainability Award for their environmental commitments of reducing hospital waste. Gosford Private Hospital CEO, Matt Kelly, was awarded the Business Leader of the Year award.

The awards night, held at Crowne Plaza – Terrigal, was attended by 250 guests and included an impactful opening performance from local drumming group, The Rhythm Hut, performances from the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music and three-piece band LadyLike.

All 2019 award finalists should be proud of their achievements. We look forward to welcoming you back into the 2020 awards program.

You can view the full list of 2019 winners below:

Regional Business of the Year
Life Health Foods AU Pty Ltd

Excellence in Micro Business
LEP Digital

Excellence in Small Business

Excellence in Business
Australian Reptile Park

Excellence in Social Enterprise
The Opportunity Collective

Start Up Superstar
Link Legal & Conveyancing Jana-Marie Hobourn

Outstanding Employer of Choice
Peninsula Villages

Excellence in Innovation
Life Health Foods AU Pty Ltd

Excellence in Sustainability
Gosford Private Hospital

Outstanding Business Leader
Matt Kelly, Gosford Private Hospital as part of Healthe Care Australia

Outstanding Young Employee
Zac Bower, Australian Reptile Park

Outstanding Young Entrepreneur
Brendon Cooke, BCMC Safety Solutions

Local Chamber of Commerce
Wyong Regional Chamber of Commerce

Wishing the best of luck to our finalists as they progress on to the NSW Business Chamber State Annual Awards in November!

Central Coast Economic Breakfast

As we head towards the end of 2019, don’t forget to book your seat at the Central Coast Economic Breakfast being held on Wednesday 30 October at Mingara.

With guest speaker Rob Rennie from Westpac, speakers from Central Coast Council and the University of Newcastle Central Coast, this economic update will provide you with a snapshot of what the changing markets mean for your business, it’s also a fantastic opportunity to network with over 200 business representatives. 

Twilight networking

Finally, mark your diaries for the final networking event of the year! Tuesday 10 December – full details to be revealed soon! This is a great opportunity to celebrate your 2019 business successes in a relaxed format.

Kind regards,

Paula Martin – Regional Director Central Coast, NSW Business Chamber