Vacy General Store Cafe Gifts and Licensed Post Office has taken out the top honour in the 2019 Dungog District Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.
Clarence Town Hall was packed on Saturday, May 18, for the announcement of the winners at a gala dinner.
The Barracks, Tocal, was named outstanding new business with two runners up - Stella Bistro and Valley Dance Academy.
Ros Runciman was inducted in to the hall of fame and Chic and Antique picked up the Chamber member's award.
Clarence Town Community First Responders were a popular crowd favourite when announced as the winners of the Colleen Duffy Community Sector Award, re-named to honour the much loved, tireless community worker from Clarence Town who passed away suddenly earlier this year.
Runner up for this award was Dungog Relay For Life
Other winners were:
Retail winner - Hidden Valley Clothing; runner up - Farmers Warehouse, Dungog
Tourism and Hospitality - Tinshed Brewery with runner up Carawirry Forest Escape.
Rural Producers, Manufacturing and Industry winner - Cox Rural Fencing with runner up Sneddens Fencing Products.
Professional Services winner - Restart IT with runner up Clarence Town Medical Centre.
Trades and Construction winner -Wayne Smedley Plumbing with runner up Dungog Personalised Furniture and Kitchens.
Outstanding Employee (U 25) was Tahlie Colefax from Lovey's Grocers IGA Clarence Town with runners-up Chelsea Greentree from Ray White Rural Dungog and Clarence Town and Zoe Hopson from Valley Dance Academy.
Outstanding Employee (Over 25) was Christopher Sawyer from Lovey's Grocers IGA Dungog with Vanessa Rush from Dungog Pizza the runner up.
Customer Service winner was Vacy General Store Cafe Gifts and LPO with runner up The Mutual Bank, Dungog
The Environment and Sustainability (Golden Axe award) went to the Common Recreation Reserve Land Manager with Dungog Bee Rapt the runners up.
The full list of award winners and the category sponsors:
Tourism & Hospitality
Sponsored by Dungog Regional Tourism.
WINNER Tinshed Brewery
RUNNER UP Carawirry Forest Escape
Rural Producers, Manufacturing & Industry
Sponsored by Lovey's Grocers IGA
WINNER Cox Rural Fencing
RUNNER UP Sneddens Fencing Products
Sponsored by Settlers Arm
WINNER Restart IT
RUNNER UP Clarence Town Medical Centre
Trades & Construction
Sponsored by Ray White Rural
WINNER Wayne Smedley Plumbing
RUNNER UP Dungog Personalised Furniture & Kitchens
Outstanding Employee (U 25)
Sponsored by Dungog Rotary Club.
WINNER Tahlie Colefax Lovey's Grocers IGA Clarence Town
RUNNER UP Chelsea Greentree Ray White Rural Dungog & Clarence Town
RUNNER UP Zoe Hopson Valley Dance Academy
Outstanding Employee (O 25)
Sponsored by Insurance Advisernet
WINNER Christopher Sawyer Lovey's Grocers IGA Dungog
RUNNER UP Vanessa Rush Dungog Pizza
Sponsored by Tinshed Brewery
WINNER Hidden Valley Clothing
RUNNER UP Farmers Warehouse Dungog
Sponsored by Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions
WINNER Vacy General Store Cafe Gifts & LPO
RUNNER UP The Mutual Bank, Dungog
Environment & Sustainability (Golden Axe)
Sponsored by Sneddens Fencing Products
WINNER Dungog Common Recreation Reserve Land Manager
RUNNER UP Dungog Bee Rapt
Outstanding New Business
Sponsored by Addison Partners
WINNER The Barracks, Tocal
RUNNER UP Stella Bistro
RUNNER UP Valley Dance Academy
Community Sector (Colleen Duffy Community Sector Award)
Sponsored by Chic & Antique
WINNER Clarence Town Community First Responders
RUNNER UP Dungog Relay For Life
Hall of Fame
Sponsored by Dungog Fitness
WINNER: Ros Runciman
CHAMBER MEMBER'S AWARD
Sponsored by Restart IT
Winner - Chic & Antique
OVERALL BUSINESS EXCELLENCE
Sponsored by Dungog Chronicle
Winner - Vacy General Store Cafe Gifts & LPO