The event, that celebrated excellence in business in Victor Harbor and surrounds, was held at the Victor Harbor Golf Club and attended by over 180 award finalists and dignitaries, including the Hon. David Basham MP and the Mayor of the City of Victor Harbor, Dr Moira Jenkins.
BCS Electrical rose to the top against 64 local businesses that entered this year’s program to win the ‘2021 Most Outstanding Business of the Year’, after taking out their award category ‘Trades & Industry’.
The judges said that BCS Electrical have a focus on delivering an exceptional customer experience and this was highlighted by their training and development of staff, a clearly defined strategy on inventory and overall business management and an excellent client contact point delivering timely updates on progress of works and maintenance scheduling.
“BCS Electrical are a proud family business who are striving to increase their business opportunities through expansion and range, and place a considerable emphasis on supporting local, as well as the environmental impact of their organisational activities,” the Judges said.
“All of the finalists would have been worthy winners, however we believe the passion and pride that BCS Electrical displayed set them atop from the rest,” they said.
The New Business of the Year was won by Equine Connection Soul Direction, a holistic and client centered counselling and psychotherapy business that is unique to any other.
Equine Connection Soul Direction’s Director Yvonne uses a diverse range of therapies to best support her clients including Natural Horsemanship, NLP, Reiki and Psychology.
“Yvonne offers a creative and holistic approach to those overcoming obstacles in life such as trauma, and has a particular focus on those living with disabilities,” said New Business judge Mia Giltinan.
“I saw firsthand the positive benefits of Equine Connection Soul Direction’s new services in our community with my site visit that included joining Yvonne, her pony Ace and one of her clients during a session and believe she will assist many in their recovery and ongoing care plan,” Mia said.
The judges found it difficult to chose just one winner in the Hospitality category, awarding a joint win to Nino’s Victor Harbor and The Boulevard.
According to the judges, the Boulevard scored highly in many areas of their business but it was their strong community support and industry contribution that stood out. Whereas, Nino’s Victor Harbor, who also demonstrated business excellence in a wide range of areas, led in their professional business processes, attention to detail, innovation and ability to overcome challenges.
Community Care, a new category in the 2021 Excellence in Business Awards, was won by Exercise Physiology South.
The judges said that Director Glenys Williams was able to demonstrate strong business acumen, outstanding facilities that are welcoming, fun and inclusive for people of all ages, conditions and abilities, and a strong authentic commitment to giving back to community.
Emily Hutchinson from SkinOptics was awarded ‘Employee of the Year’ impressing the judges with her well rounded abilities, including being technically skilled, having a great work ethic, willingness to learn and contributing to the development of the business through her role.
Connor McNeill from Trent’s Plumbing & Gas was this year’s ‘Trainee of the Year’ based on his reliability, his interpersonal skills with both customers and staff and his commitment to all elements of his apprenticeship, not just the practical.
Other major winners included the following:
- Excellence in Tourism, Canoe the Coorong
- Excellence in Professional Services, Harcourts South Coast
- Excellence in Retail, Mr Menswear
- Excellence in Agribusiness, The Jolley Family
Victor Harbor’s much anticipated new destination brand was also launched on the evening, with guests being the first to catch a glimpse of the new logo and positioning.
The brand was launched by Council and Business Victor Harbor through a 6-minute video collaboration presenting the story of how the brand was created and understanding its function in bolstering the local economy.
The design of the new brand draws on the feeling you get as you catch a glimpse of the township against the backdrop of a stunning coastline, evoking a personal connection that draws you in. It centres around the positioning statement of ‘Feel It Calling’.
The Council and BVH encourage community members to learn more about the brand by visiting brandvictorharbor.com.au.
In addition to the event’s formalities, guests looking dazzling in black tie attire enjoyed pre-dinner drinks of the First Tee, overlooking the beautiful Victor Harbor golf course and the township of Victor Harbor.
The evening was MC’d by Victor Harbor local favourite and past radio presenter Mike May and attendees celebrated with a delicious three course meal and enjoyed outstanding entertainment by acoustic talent KT Buzz Duo.
Business Victor Harbor Chairman Michael Schubert congratulated all the entrants, finalists and winners during his address saying “feedback from our judging panel was that in many categories it was difficult to choose a winner and to me this highlights the wonderful businesses we have here in Victor Harbor and surrounds.”
Michael also spoke to the Chamber’s achievements, including their recent landmark collaboration and funding agreement with the City of Victor Harbor that will provide the Association with $100,000 over the next three years to enhance its capacity to support local businesses.