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Harman Wines goes back to back

Harman Wines goes back to back

Monday 26 August 2019

Wattlebank winery and cellar door, Harman Wines, was named Business of the Year for the second year running in Bass Coast Shire Council’s annual Business Awards, announced last Friday night.

Harman Wines also won the Environment and Sustainability Award, as well as the Hospitality category of the People’s Choice awards.

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari said it was great to see Harman Wines back on the winner’s podium.

“The judges were once again impressed by Harman Wines’ passion for their farm to plate business philosophy and their use of locally sourced produce,” Cr Tessari said.

Forty-eight local businesses entered the judged awards this year, and around 150 local businesses received a record 1,500 votes in the People’s Choice awards.

Grantville’s Maru Koala and Animal Park took home multiple awards this year including Business Excellence 6+ Employees and the Marketing and Promotion Award.

Dalyston General Store also picked up a number of awards this year, winning the People’s Choice Retail award and earning runner up in both the Business Excellence 0 – 5 employees and Environment and Sustainability awards.

In the People’s Choice category, Cowes business Sargeants Bass Coast Conveyancing won People’s Choice Business of the Year and the People’s Choice Professional Award.

Phillip Island Helicopters had another successful year winning the Industry Collaboration category for the second year running, as well as the People’s Choice Tourism/Attraction award, which they also won in 2018.

Cr Tessari said it was a fantastic night, with over 160 people attending from 40 different Bass Coast businesses.

“It’s a great achievement for businesses to be selected as finalists in the awards and a real testament to the quality of their products, service and overall operation,” Cr Tessari said.

“I’d like to congratulate everyone who was involved in the Business Awards this year, including all of the award winners and finalists and everyone who entered or nominated a business. I’d also like to thank our sponsors on the evening, and Council’s Economic Development Team who worked tirelessly to make this year’s event another huge success.”

2019 People’s Choice Awards

People’s Choice Business of the Year – Sargeants Bass Coast Conveyancing, Cowes

Health and Lifestyle – Hair by Sarah, Grantville

Hospitality – Harman Wines, Wattlebank

Professional – Sargeants Bass Coast Conveyancing, Cowes

Retail Business – Dalyston General Store, Dalyston

Tourism/Attraction – Phillip Island Helicopters, Newhaven

Trades/Services – Chase Computers, Woolamai

2019 Bass Coast Business Awards

Business of the Year - Harman Wines, Wattlebank

Business Excellence 0-5 employees

Winner: Bass Strait Direct, Newhaven

Runner up: Dalyston General Store, Dalyston

Business Excellence 6+ employees

Winner: Maru Koala and Animal Park, Grantville

Runner up: A Maze’N Things, Cowes

Marketing and Promotion

Winner: Maru Koala and Animal Park, Grantville

Runner up: Silverwater Resort, San Remo

New Business

Winner: Bass Coast Boat and Caravan Storage, Glen Forbes

Runner up: Harris Build, Inverloch

Environment and Sustainability

Winner: Harman Wines, Wattlebank

Runner up: Dalyston General Store, Dalyston

Good Access is Good Business

Winner: Phillip Island Tenpin Bowling and Entertainment Centre, Cowes

Runner up: Cheeky, Goose Café, Cowes

Industry Collaboration

Winner: Phillip Island Helicopters, Newhaven

Runner up: Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club, Wonthaggi

Winners of the 2019 Business of the Year award, Harman Wines. Pictured from left, Mayor Cr Brett Tessari with Nicole and David Harman, Steph Slade and David Bulbulian from Harman Wines.