Last night hundreds of people gathered at Wests League Club, Leumeah to celebrate Campbelltown’s best small businesses.
Finalists in the Campbelltown-Macarthur Local Business Awards waited with bated breath to find out if they would be one of the night’s winners.
Winners included King’s Charcoal Chicken, Doughlicious Lebanese Bakery, Coco Cubano and more.
The Business of the Year award went to King Homes.
Owners Veronica and Mark King said they were delighted with the win.
“It was incredible – we’re a relatively new business to the area and this is the first time we had entered the awards,” he said.
“It was exciting and a real honour.”
The building company also took home the award for Best Specialised Business.
“We’re a young business as my husband only started it about five years ago,” Mr King said.
“A lot of the businesses in the area had been here for 25 or more years so were we honoured to be recognised amongst them.
“We are luck to have a very hard-working team.”
Lesley Thomas of Bright Sparks Early Learning at Appin took home the award for Business Person of the Year.
“I was in shock, I think my words were taken away and I am never speechless,” she said.
Bright Sparks also took home the award for Best Childcare Business.
Mrs Thomas and her sister Lauren have owned and operated the childcare centre for the past seven years.
“Early childhood education is a role that comes with a great deal of responsibility but it is hugely rewarding,” she said.
“I love the impact that we have on childrens’ lives, interacting with families and learning with them as we go along.
“I think early childcare is one of the most important jobs in the world.
“We are lucky to work with an amazing team of educators – you can have the best facility in the world but it is the people that truly make it the best.”
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
- Antiques, Art, Crafts and Gifts: Paper Dreams Scrapbooking - Spotlight Plaza
- Automotive Services: Campbelltown Exhaust Centre
- Bakery/Cake Shop: Doughlicious Lebanese Bakery
- Beauty Services: La Rose Nails & Beauty
- Bedding Store: Forty Winks - HomeBase Campbelltown
- Butcher: Pryde Meats
- Cafe: Justinian's Cafe & Dessert Bar - Macarthur Square Shopping Centre
- Child Care Services: Bright Sparks Early Learning
- Education Service: Morpheus Academy of Hair & Beauty
- Electrical Appliance Store: Bing Lee - Homebase Campbelltown
- Fashion Shop: Cotton On - Campbelltown Mall
- Fast Food/Takeaway: Kings Charcoal Chicken - Campbelltown
- Fitness Services: Kerrie Fitness
- Florist: Flowers On Queen St
- General Bulky Goods: Bunnings - Campbelltown
- Hairdresser: Freedom Hair Artistry
- Health Improvement Services: First Care Medical Centre - Rosemeadow Marketplace
- Home Furniture Store: Sofas 2 Go - HomeBase Campbelltown
- Jewellery Store: Prouds The Jewellers - Macarthur Square Shopping Centre
- Most Inclusive Employer: Bar Centrale on Queen
- New Business: Alkalizer
- Performing Arts: School of Rock Macarthur
- Pet Care: Affordable Dog Walkers
- Pharmacy: Minto Mall Pharmacy
- Professional Services: Macarthur Accounting Practice
- Real Estate Agency: Harcourts The Property People
- Restaurant: Coco Cubano - Macarthur Square Shopping Centre
- Service & Trade: Macarthur Home Improvements
- Sole Trader: Stairway 2 Dreams
- Specialised Business: King Homes NSW
- Specialised Retail Business: Minto's Fruit Orchard
- Business Person of the Year: Lesley Thomas, Bright Sparks Early Learning
- Youth Award: Rebekah Conway, Real Therapy Solutions
- Business of the Year: King Homes NSW