THE Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence ninth annual awards were celebrated in an evening of fun and festivities with wonderful food and wines from the region at the Lesmurdie Club on Saturday.
There were 10 categories and winners included New Business of the Year awarded to Bickley Valley Cottage; Micro Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year awarded to Fawkes House Country Spa Retreat; Community spirit award, outstanding customer service, staff training and development, environmental business of the year winner was Kalamunda Carriages and 3 Gums Cottage.
Employee of the Year was awarded to Bridget Vercoe from Jaminik Services and the President’s Award went to Zanthorrea Nursery.
Pastor Steve Hall was presented with a Life Member award, and Community Newspaper Group divisional sales manager Max Wilson presented the Kalamunda Farmers Market best stallholder award, which was won by Top Tails, who could not be there on the night and was accepted on their behalf by Nicole Airay, who runs the Kalamunda Farmers Market.
Chamber of Commerce president Caroline Babbage said it had been a year of challenges for many businesses and the chamber continued to represent and advocate for all businesses within the Shire of Kalamunda.
Wines from Carldenn Homestead Wines, Hainault Vineyard and Myattsfield Vineyard were superb examples of the local wine industry’s commitment to excellence in Bickley.