The Parkes business community celebrated their collective achievements at their annual night of nights on Friday evening.
The Chamber of Commerce hosted a crowd of more than 250 at the Parkes Service Club for the staging of The Henrys – Parkes Business Awards.
The coveted “Henry”, the Parkes Business of the Year award, was taken out by Regos Plus Tyre & Mechanical - one of four awards the business was presented with during the ceremony.
Emcee Anthony Maroon likened the winning streak to that of a famous film.
“It’s like Titanic at the ‘97 Academy Awards,” he said.
“What a night you’ve had, you’ve scooped the pool.
“There’s nothing you haven’t won, absolutely fantastic!”
Besides The Henry, owner of Regos Plus Tyre & Mechanical Patrick Lenehan also accepted the Excellence in Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Mining, Industrial & Trade award, the Excellence in Small Business award and the Young Entrepreneur award.
Patrick said the auto industry in Parkes is something he is really passionate about
“We couldn’t do it without our team and dedicated customers,” he said.
The other award winners were:
Station Motel – Excellence in Hospitality and Tourism Services award.
Betta Home Living – Excellence in Retail.
Safe tasks – Excellence in Professional Services and Excellence in Business.
La Bella Medispa – Excellence in Personal and Lifestyle Services.
For the second year in a row, Parkes Shire Food Service – Excellence in Social Enterprise.
Ray White – Excellence in Innovation.
See Solar – Start-up Superstar.
Kerin Physio Co – Highly Commended Start-up Superstar.
Ashley Goulthorpe, Pink Orchid Florist – Outstanding Young Employee.
Tracie Robertson, Ray White Parkes, Forbes, Condobolin – Business Leader.
Rebecca Miller, La Bella Medispa – Highly Commended Business Leader.
The Ken Birch Memorial Trophy was awarded to long time business owner Greg Peterson.
Greg and his brother Michael owned and operated H&M Foods, later known as Foodservice Central, for a number of years before it was sold to PFD Foods in 2014.
“I am shocked but extremely honoured,” Greg said.
“I remember Cool Ken very well. He was such a positive guy and I get that positivity from the room tonight.
“What I’d like to say to you all, particular the young entrepreneurs – my advice is work hard, play hard, respect your staff and treasure your family.”