PHOTOS, FULL LIST OF WINNERS: Lockyer Business Awards 2019
"THIS is for all Lockyer Valley farmers."
That was the sentiment shared by Mulgowie Farming Company CEO Fabian Carniel, as the Lockyer Valley business was announced as 2019 Business of the Year.
It was a stellar night for the company at the 2019 Lockyer Valley Business, Training and Apprenticeship Awards on Saturday, taking out not just the major award, but also the Agriculture and Horticulture Award.
Mr Carniel said the award was a huge win for the business.
"We're very humbled and honoured - and it's really great to see the farming community held in such high esteem by the Lockyer Valley Regional Council," Mr Carniel said.
And it wasn't just an honour for Mulgowie, it was for all farmers.
"It's really a recognition to all the farmers in the Lockyer Valley who work tirelessly, and in the face of all the challenges - floods, fires, droughts, storms and a really tough marketplace," he said.
"The farmers keep up with their determination to deliver on healthy produce to Australian and overseas customers."
Mr Carniel said the award gave the company "heart" that the community and the council were "absolutely behind in us supporting businesses like ourselves".
In choosing Mulgowie Farming Company, the award judges noted the business "impressed in every area" and had an "independent and professional management structure".
Mr Carniel put its success down to their staff.
"Our primary success is really our people," he said. "Our people are working all hours in terms of they work around the clock within our team to fulfil the needs of the supply chain.
"At times it's not the easiest conditions to operate in, and to deliver on, and we wouldn't be anywhere without the team spirit that Mulgowie has.
"I think we also have a long term strategy with sustainability and being able to farm for generations to come, and to deliver healthy, fresh vegetables for our customers for generations to come."
ALL AWARD WINNERS:
Apprentice of the year: Bruce Milsom
Trainee of the year: Jackson Cupland
Young supervisor/manager of the year: Lauren Mathieson
Employee - Agriculture award: Ashley Redinger
Employee - Service award: Georgia Kelly
Employee of the year: Angelo Maggione
Peoples choice award: Harry and Miss Tiff Boutique
Agriculture and Horticulture award: Mulgowie Farming Company
Food and Dining - Cafe award: Jak and Mo Taste Co
Food and Dining - Restaurant: Porters Plainland Hotel
Health, Fitness and Wellbeing Service award: Fresh Start Professional Healthcare
Home based business award: Frezzy's Pest Control and Maintenance
Professional Health Service award: Family Health Clinic Gatton
Professional Services award: McNamara Law
Retail - Small award: Cube Computers
Retail - Large award: Schultes
Tourism award: Preston Peak Winery Function Centre
Trade Services award: R & F Steel Buildings
Environmental and Sustainability award: Tamor Roses
Mayor's Award: Greg Steffens
Business of the year: Mulgowie Farming Company