Business the jewel in the crown

THE Lennox Head Business Excellence Awards at Ruby’s by the Sea saw Riley Burnett take out the award for 2009 Business of the Year.

Judges were impressed by the jewellery retailer’s ‘range of product mix and pricing strategy’. Riley Burnett also won Retail Business of the Year.

The business designs one-off jewellery pieces that are sold internationally.

“Their marketing and promotion stood out,” the judges said.

Other winners on the night included: Life Works Pilates, for Home-Based Business; IGA, for Best Environment Business; Lennox Wave, for the Community Award; Seven Mile Cafe Restaurant, for Hospitality; Fitness Matters, for Professional Services; Headland Beach Resort, for Tourism; and Vital Beauty, for Best Customer Service.

IGA also took out the Environment Award for going ‘plastic-bag free’ since July.

“The spirit on the night was fantastic,” Lennox Head chamber secretary Leisa Hawkey said. State Ballina MP Don Page, who recently had open-heart surgery, attended the awards night.

A phone hook-up from Sydney with heart transplant recipient and Ballina chamber president Louise Owen meant she, too, could take part in the event.

Ms Hawkey said the awards night was a ‘celebration of businesses in Lennox Head’.

Businesses could self-nominate and the Alstonville-Ballina Community College judged the awards.

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