THE who’s who of local business walked the red carpet at the 2012 Powercor Australia Bendigo Business Excellence Awards last night.
About 500 people turned out for the event at the All Seasons Hotel to recognise the city’s best performers.
ACE Laboratory Services was a standout on the night, taking home two awards – including overall Business of the Year.
Speaking from the event, owner Aileen Vanderfeen said that in the seven years since she and three others opened the business, they had experienced considerable growth, but remained relatively unknown.
“ACE Laboratory Services is probably not well known to anyone here. We provide services to vegetarians, farmers, food manufacturers and pretty much anybody who comes to us and needs something analysed,” she said.
Awards committee chairman Gerard House said Ms Vanderfeen and the team won over the judges with their commitment customer service, growth and training.
“What made ACE Laboratory Services stand out was that it takes all customers,” he said.
“They invest strongly in the future of their business.”
Goodstart Early Learning’s Hayley Ninnis was Employee of the Year and Bendigo Beauty and Haircare’s Emily Woosnam took out the Trainee or Apprentice of the Year Award.
Other winners included Indulge Fine Belgium Chocolates, Salon Inspired, Reuben Beazley Builder, Central Deborah Mine, NAB Agribusiness, Rass Media, Bendigo Regional YMCA, The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery and Cafe, and Bendigo Access Employment.
Ms Vanderfeen said the awards provided an opportunity to recognise a number of people in local business.
“I would like to thank all of our staff and their focus on customer service – it’s the reason we’re here,” she said.