TOP STAFF: Lennox Head IGA staff (from left) Terri Estreich, Rachel O’Connor, Daisy Authur, Rob Clarke, Veronica Stewart and Amanda Marron celebrate the supermarket’s win in the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.
TOP STAFF: Lennox Head IGA staff (from left) Terri Estreich, Rachel O’Connor, Daisy Authur, Rob Clarke, Veronica Stewart and Amanda Marron celebrate the supermarket’s win in the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. Doug Eaton

Supermarket wins top gong

TOP STAFF: Lennox Head IGA staff (from left) Terri Estreich, Rachel O’Connor, Daisy Authur, Rob Clarke, Veronica Stewart and Amanda Marron celebrate the supermarket’s win in the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.
TOP STAFF: Lennox Head IGA staff (from left) Terri Estreich, Rachel O’Connor, Daisy Authur, Rob Clarke, Veronica Stewart and Amanda Marron celebrate the supermarket’s win in the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. Doug Eaton

Greg Campbell, who owns the Lennox Head IGA, had plenty of love for his 65 staff and the local community when his business picked up the top gong at the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce awards event.

He told the gathering of 80 people that the store will in December this year celebrate its 10th anniversary.

He said he and his brother Clyde were stepping into the unknown when they decided to open the supermarket, and said its success was due to the Lennox Head community.

"I have to thank the community very much for the support," he said.

The love began early in the awards night when MC Esther Button made some racy comments about "sleeping with the president".

That's the president of the chamber, Paul Button, who also is Esther's husband.

And the love continued throughout the evening with many of the sponsors and category award winners telling the gathering how much they loved living and working in Lennox Head.

It's no wonder the chamber organised this year's inaugural I Love Lennox carnival, which proved to be successful - but the chamber didn't nominate the event for one of its own awards.

Pip Carter, the chair of the committee working to open Club Lennox by the end of this year, also spread the loving theme saying the community had been incredible in its support of the fundraising effort.

The committee took out The Northern Star-sponsored Outstanding Contribution to the Business Community Award.

The hospitality award was decided by people's choice vote on the night, because, as Ms Button said, those working in that industry were "too busy" to submit a nomination.

WINNERS

Professional Services: Kennedy Surveying

Best Community Event: A Night of Elegance

Tourism and Accommodation: Summerland Coast

Environment: Cotopia

Trade Services and Home-based Business: Insight Pest Management

Arts and Media: Rock of Ages

Retail and Customer Service: Inner Beauty

Hospitality: Beef and Beach

Outstanding Contribution to the Business Community: Club Lennox fundraising committee

Business of the Year: Lennox Head IGA



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