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Winners announced for the 2022 Mid North Coast Business Awards

✦ The Mid North Coast NSW Business Awards recognises growth, entrepreneurship and celebrates business success from Woolgoolga in the North to the Hunter in the South.

The high standard of entries in 2022 was unprecedented with several highly commended awards given out for the first time, as the scores were so close.

Welcome Dental from Urunga was named Mid North Coast 2022 Business of the Year and Taree's Rock Solid Fitness won the Outstanding Start Up award.

Winners go on to represent the region at the State Business Awards in Sydney in November.

Business of the Year

This award is awarded to a Business that has been judged to be an outstanding business, that has provided an entry that demonstrates achievements and excellence over and above all other entrants

Winner, Welcome Dental

Business of the Year, Welcome Dental as featured in Brilliant-Online
Business of the Year, Welcome Dental

Welcome Dental team comprises of a number of enthusiastic and caring personalities, committed to providing high quality dentistry and exceptional patient care in a place where people feel safe, welcome and at peace. The team is social, innovative and inspired and people who are passionate about oral health and happy smiles.

Welcome Dental want to help you turn that frown upside down and provide you with a pathway to a sensational happy smile. All patients are encouraged to maintain their oral health through preventive care both at home by attending for regular oral health reviews, cleans and remineralising treatments.

Outstanding Community Organisation

This award recognises an organisation that works to improve the social, cultural or environmental wellbeing of the community.

Winner, Pathfinders, Coffs Harbour

Pathfinders Ltd is a not-for-profit company operating across the New England North West and Mid North Coast regions of New South Wales. They empower people to live with hope and equal opportunity to achieve their potential.

Pathfinders plays an important ongoing role in supporting families, individuals and children to overcome various social issues. By taking risks to help those at risk, they are making sure no one is left behind.

Outstanding Start Up

recognises a start-up business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the potential to achieve future success

Winner, Rock Solid Fitness, Taree

Outstanding Start Up, Rock Solid Fitness, Taree as featured in Brilliant-Online
Outstanding Start Up, Rock Solid Fitness, Taree

Rock Solid Fitness began with 2 trainers who wanted to create a space unlike mainstream gyms, where people could come and work on their strength and fitness without feeling intimidated or uncomfortable. Starting in a small shed in the industrial area running classes and personal training, the space was outgrown within a few months.

An opportunity came up to move into a 3 split level building right on the riverbank in Taree, so the 24/7 gym of Rock Solid Fitness began in early 2021.

With a focus on mental health and building friendships and community, the gym hit the ground running day one. It seems there was a need in the community for a safe space like this, a gym that isn’t intimidating, as it has thrived.

Rock Solid Fitness, Taree as featured in Brilliant-Online.

During covid lockdowns the community stayed connected through a private members facebook group as well as some fun challenges along the riverbank that kept the community active and having fun, like a chalk walk challenge.

"Being awarded the Outstanding Startup award at the regional business awards, and now heading off to the NSW business awards is such an exciting time for us, as a small family owned business and it’s just such an honour to have this recognition." said Linda Bryant.

Excellence in Micro Business

recognises a business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience.

Winner, Brows By Willow, Port Macquarie

Excellence in Micro Business, Brows By Willows as featured in Brilliant-Online
Excellence in Micro Business, Brows By Willows

Brows by Willow is unique to other beauty salons as the main focus and the drive was built purely around cosmetic tattooing. Whilst specialising in cosmetic tattooing, they also offer many other beauty services.

Customers can receive a holistic beauty experience, leaving the studio feeling beautiful and confident in their own skin - that is what the passion and drive is all about at Brows by Willow.

The vision at the studio is to have an inviting and inspiring place where they can help empower women to look and feel beautiful. Willow’s passion for beauty and particular semi permanent makeup has inspired her to bring to life Brows by Willow, Beauty and Cosmetic Studio and more recently her academy.

She told us. “I absolutely love what I do so I keep up to date with evolving new ideas and regularly training in the newest techniques, constantly updating staff and my knowledge and improving on our skills keeping us motivated and focussed. A priority in my business is not to keep up with the market, but to be a leader in it.”

This year 2022 has been a crazy and exciting year for Brows by Willow. Not only has the business opened an academy, allowing others to follow their dreams locally, but they have been nominated for many prestigious awards, including making the finalist in the Australian Beauty and Cosmetic Tattoo awards for best combination brow artist in Australia, best make up and rising star. Also winning the Mid North Coast Micro Business Award and now heading off to Sydney to represent our region.

Willow said. “At the age of 22 I am excited to be in such a privileged position to be a leader in my field. We will continue to deliver high standards of beauty and cosmetic care, while seeking to improve and look forward to working in the Port Macquarie community as a young business woman keen to succeed. I was honoured to win such a prestigious award and hope to make the Mid North Coast proud.”

Outstanding Employee

recognises an inspirational employee who has demonstrated a passion for their role and a commitment to their workplace and the community

Winner, Erin Freeman, Hastings Physio and Health, Port Macquarie

Outstanding Employee, Erin Freeman as featured in Brilliant-Online
Outstanding Employee, Erin Freeman

Hastings Physio and Health are recognized leaders in physiotherapy and allied health services on the Mid North Coast. Over the past years they have collected multiple awards including Excellence in Small Business, Outstanding Young Business Leader and most recently Erin Freeman, Exercise Physiologist, was the winner of the Mid North Coast Outstanding Employee of the year.

Hastings Physio and Health strive to be the leaders in healthcare. Their motto is “Treating you like family” and this is exactly what they do. Not only do they ensure you get great clinical outcomes, but they make sure you enjoy your treatment journey.

Hastings Physio and Health offer a wide range of services including:

· Physiotherapy

· Exercise Physiology

· Massage Therapy

· Men’s Health Physiotherapy

· Pilates and Exercise Classes

· Post Operative Rehabilitation

· Fracture management, casting and splinting

· Pre-employment assessments

Employer of Choice

recognises a business that has implemented strategies and initiatives to create stimulating and supportive workplace environments for its employees

Winner, All Disability Plan Management, Port Macquarie

Employer of Choice, All Disability Plan Management as featured in Brilliant-Online
Employer of Choice, All Disability Plan Management

All Disability Plan Management were delighted to win the Employer of Choice award at the recent Mid North Coast Regional Business Awards.

Plan Managers are registered NDIS providers who assist NIDS participants with the financial side of managing their funding. Plan Management is of no cost to the participant and is covered by the NDIA. All Disability provide a personalised service, giving their members and their representatives direct access to their own Budget Buddies who keep a careful eye on their funding ensuring they alert participants to potential over or under spending.

Employer of Choice, All Disability Plan Management as featured in Brilliant-Online

Jo Hollis, Founder, Owner and CEO (pictured next to Rod in the sequinned jacket), was also over the moon with receiving a highly commended award for the Excellence in large business category.

Jo started the business in 2017 from her kitchen table in King Creek and now has an ever-expanding team of 43. She is totally committed to making life easier for those living with disability and assisting to maximise the benefits, participants achieve from their plans.

Outstanding Local Chamber

recognises the achievements of a Local Chamber of Commerce in supporting its members to maximise their business potential

Winner, Business Port Macquarie

Outstanding Local Chamber, Business Port Macquarie as featured in Brilliant-Online
Outstanding Local Chamber, Business Port Macquarie

Business Port Macquarie is a member based not for profit industry association and that work to grow local business by creating opportunities to benefit the region's business and professional community.

They aim to:

  • Advocate for business and industry in all areas that affect or enhance opportunities for enterprise.

  • Deliver quality events that provide value to members and highlight the significance of the local business community.

  • Provide a networking platform for our members to collaborate, contribute and collect ideas, knowledge and allegiance.

  • Be the voice of our members and work closely with local and State governments in representing them on issues of importance.

Photos: Lucy Humphries


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