Schulte's Meat Tavern team, at the Lockyer Valley Business, Training and Apprenticeship Awards, Saturday, October 20, 2018.
Schulte's Meat Tavern team, at the Lockyer Valley Business, Training and Apprenticeship Awards, Saturday, October 20, 2018. ALI KUCHEL

Oh what a night, business awards glitz and glam

PORTER'S Plainland Hotel has received the Lockyer Valley's top accolade, claiming honours in the local business awards.

Held at the Gatton Town Hall on Saturday night, the popular dining establishment won the award in front of more than 300 people.

Hotel manager Michael Porter said the award was a 'massive surprise'.

"We certainly didn't expect it, but it's very humbling and (we are) very proud to be a winner," Mr Porter said.

 

"It's great to be recognised for all the hard work, a lot of people think owning a pub is great with unlimited access to free alcohol, but it's far from what running a pub is all about.

"There's a lot of hard work that goes into the background, long hours, we've got a great team that helps us achieve that."

During the night, Porter's Plainland Hotel also claimed honours in the Food and Dining category.

Porter's Plainland Hotel has been owned by the Porter family since 1946, when it was taken over by Michael's grandfather Dick Porter.

The business won the same award in 2015.

"It's great to be recognised as business owners, but to all out great staff as well that help us run the business, without them we couldn't do what we do, and for them to get recognised is great," Mr Porter said.

The evening was hosted by Sunrise news presenter Edwina Bartholomew.

Mayor Tanya Milligan congratulated Porter's for its ability to always look to the future.

"Porter's Plainland Hotel is committed to providing only the very best experience for its customers and that is why it is iconic to the Lockyer Valley.

"Now, they're looking to the future and have significant growth plans under way for the business, with the development of hotel/motel rooms to compliment the hotel complex.

AWARD WINNERS

Apprentice of the year: Lachie Miners, Lockyer Engineering

Young Supervisor/ Manager of the year: Kimberley Hearn, Rugby Farms

Employee of the year: Ellisha Freeman, Family Health Clinic

Agricultural, Horticulture Production and Processing: Barden Produce

Food and Dining: Porter's Plainland Hotel

Health, Fitness and Wellbeing Services: Dance Force

Home Based Business: Valley Waste Water

Professional Health Services: Gatton Pharmacy

Professional Services: Gatton Real Estate

Retail: NewsXpress Laidley

Tourism: The Barn and Scotty's Garage

Trade Services: Thomson Refrigeration and Airconditioning

Transport, Logistics, Manufacturing and Agricultural Services: R&F Steel Buildings

Environmental and Sustainable: 9Dorf Farms

People's Choice: Family Health Clinic

Mayor's Award: Killing Time With Coffee

Business of the year: Porter's Plainland Hotel


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