AFTER months of tireless effort and hard work from everyone involved, the 2010 Star Regional Business, Apprenticeship and Training Awards on Saturday night was bigger and better than ever before.
Unfortunately guest speaker Sam Kekovich was ill on the evening and could not MC, but luckily Scott Williams (otherwise knows as “the Doc”) stepped in to keep the night running smoothly with quick-witted banter in between awards.
The Gatton Shire Hall was packed to the rafters with a full house of 400 guests who dined in opulence among a dazzling display of orange ornaments on the tables.
Brisbane band Lo-Fi Way rocked the hall into the wee hours after the awards wrapped up playing a wide variety of popular covers.
President of Lockyer Better Business, Paul Emmerson, said it was a great night with an impressive set-up.
“The awards were a great night out highlighting the region's excellent products and services,” he said.
“It is not just about winners, but being willing to aim for the highest standards and being judged against your peers to a criteria."
He said businesses focus on what they do and how they can do better to ensure the best is provided to their customers.
“The real winner is the community by having strong, local and first-class products and services available to them,” he said.
“Congratulations to all winners, participants and sponsors.”
Mr Emmerson said he would like to see more categories added in the future to reflect the agriculture in the region.
“I would like to see more of a focus on rural producers and innovations and it would be good to find a venue for more people to enjoy the awards yet remain in the reach of the small businesses.”
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