First-timers scoop Business Awards
By Brian Bigg
That's how born and bred Lismore locals Chris and Angela Albertini described their two wins in the Lismore Business Awards on Saturday night.
Chris Albertini Automotive was voted Most Outstanding Business of the Year, as well as Terrific Trade Company of the Year.
About 200 people attended the awards ceremony at the Lismore Workers Club.
The awards highlight the work of Lismore Unlimited Opportunities, the city's business representative body. According to the organisers, the Lismore Business Awards attracted hundreds of nominations.
The big award is nicknamed the Golden Glynn., after the Glynn family who owned and operated general stores in Lismore between the 1920s and 1980s.
Chris Albertini Automotive was established in 1994 as a one-man show in Terania Street, North Lismore. It has since grown to an operation with 10 staff and a reputation around the region for quality service.
It was the first time the company had been nominated for a Lismore Business Award.
"We believe in training up young local people," Chris said. "We take on apprentices every couple of years, look after them, pay them well and our company benefits".
The company had previously won a Motor Traders Awards in 2004 for its quality service.
Other winners at the Lismore Business Awards were The Chocolate Bar ? Best New Business; Caddies Coffee Company Beanshop ? Excellence in Retail; NTech Media ? Best Home-based Business; The Left Bank Cafe ? Exceptional Hospitality; NewTrain Northern Rivers ? Best Professional Service; Southside Health and Hire Centre ? Best in Health; Zen Sushi ? Best Local Service; Cartridge World ? Most Environmentally Friendly Business; Our Kids ? Exceptional Community Service, and Total Lawn Care and Yard Maintenance took out the Outstanding Customer Service Award.
The awards were open to Lismore Unlimited Opportunity members only.