Lismore's top businesses named and celebrated at ceremony

THE who's who of business gathered at Lismore Showground for the 2015 Crowe Horwarth Lismore Business Excellence Awards on Saturday night.

Event chairwoman Nancy Casson said this year's awards had a touch of Hollywood style glamour.

"Guests arrived and walked the red carpet where photographers were set up to take their photos, Logies style," she said.

Standouts included the Lismore PCYC, which won the Community and Social Services award, Nickel Energy's Mark Willoughby, who took home the Excellence in Sustainability award and Lismore Lantern Parade mastermind Jyllie Jackson who collected the award for tourism.

Lismore Chamber of Commerce president Ellen Krohen said the awards highlighted the important work businesses do in the community.

"Small business keeps the economies of cities like Lismore alive, providing jobs and opportunities for locals and their families," Ms Krohen said.

"The awards are a way of promoting these businesses and their staff and the quality of this year's entries is astounding."

Judges sifted through more than 40 business entries to decide the winners.


Community & Social Services

Sponsor: North Coast Community Housing

Winner: PCYC

Home-Based Business

Sponsor: They Design

Winner: Black Tie Photobooths

Excellence In Sustainability

Sponsor: Commonwealth Bank

Winner: Nickel Energy

Darcy Goodwin Community Award

(judges decision only, not a category for entrants)

Sponsor: Thomas George, Summerland Credit Union, Lismore Chamber of Commerce

Awarded to: Lismore Winsome Soup Kitchen

Personal Services

Sponsor: Multitask

Winner: GSAC


Sponsor: Southern Cross University

Winner: Henry's Bakery & Cafe

Tourism & Accommodation

Sponsor: Lismore Gateway Motel & Restaurant

Winner: Light'n Up Inc

Trade, Construction, Manufacturing & Innovation

Sponsor: Telstra Business Centre Lismore

Winner: Del Casa Homes

Retail Business

Sponsor: Lismore Business Promotions Program

Winner: ShopBaby Australia

Professional Services

Sponsor: Tursa

Winner: Summerland Credit Union

Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsor: NORCO

Winner: Bronzed & Beautiful

Business of the Year

Sponsor: Crowe Horwath

Winner: ShopBaby Australia

People's Choice Award

Sponsored by: The Northern Star

Winner: Universal Medicine