Fundies accepts business 'Oscars'

THE theme was Hollywood and the 'star' of Lismore's 2008 Business Awards on Saturday night was Fundamental Food Store.

With more than 200 people present at the Workers' Club function, this year's awards night was full of laughter and conversation.

The award judges gave Fundamental Food's Lismore store 'top billing' with the award for Most Outstanding Business 2008. But, it didn't stop there. The food store also took out the Excellence in Retail award.

Earlier this year, 'Fundies' underwent a revamp and expansion and this, combined with the consistent high level of service, health advice and impressive range of stock, put the health food store ahead of the rest.

Accepting the award for Most Outstanding Business, Fundamental Food Store manager Greig Shanley paid tribute to his parents who took their children out of school and moved the family to Lismore from Sydney. They bought the fledgling health food business in 1983.

“My Dad took a gamble and moved us up here to a new life in the country,” Mr Shanley said. “He had the vision and I'd like to thank him for teaching me all I know about the business.”

Mr Shanley said 25 years ago the health food industry was very different, unlike the massive vitamins, supplements and health foods industry it is today.

Today, as well as successful stores in Lismore, Byron Bay and Brisbane, Fundies has a website that attracts customers from all over Australia.

The Shanleys are proud to offer a shopping experience that is all about enhancing health. There is always a naturopath in the store and as part of the renovations, there is also a special consulting room.

On Saturday night, Greig Shanley's father, Graham, paid tribute to their staff.

“I'm very proud to be here,” Graham Shanley said.

“I had no idea about this business when we took over this small store but we learnt quickly. We're very proud to take this award back to our staff. I've had a good family to take over our business and we have excellent staff.”

The Best New Business award went to Pinevale Villas, a retirement village offering 24-hour support.

Retirement Plus developer and manager Peter McClintock said he was shocked at the win but pleased to be working taking care of older citizens.

“We're Tweed-based and this project was our first in Lismore and we've been thrilled with the reception,” he said. “It's a feel-good business and that is what I want to keep doing.”



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