Big On Shoes has been voted the best business in Moranbah by judges at a glittering awards ceremony on Saturday night.
The annual Moranbah Traders Association (MTA) Business Excellence Awards night recognised achievements by local businesses over the past 12 months.
Owner of Big On Shoes, Melissa Westcott, said: “It is amazing to see the hard work of our team pay off. We are an out of the box business for Moranbah and we are so glad we are able to base our international operations in our regional town.”
The awards process underwent a change last year, which saw businesses self nominating and then going through the rigours of a judging panel by industry leaders.
Judges commended Big On Shoes for their innovative thinking in filling a niche market for ladies’ shoes in larger sizes as well as having an ongoing commitment to strategic planning and partnerships as the business grows.
MTA President, Trehan Stenton, said: “The awards are a way to highlight the best in business. It’s a great way for businesses to give themselves a pat on the back and thank their staff for making the business a success.
“Congratulations to Big On Shoes who was the overall winner of Best in Business,” said Mr Stenton.
“The changes to this year’s structure and categories allow businesses to put their hand up and share their success with the local business community.”
“These new categories have been created to acknowledge and celebrate the successes of some of our businesses for being leaders in their field.
“A lot of the successes of our local businesses is due to the hard work that goes on behind the scenes, which isn’t always easily measured through profit margins.”
The awards were held on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Moranbah State School and were attended by Mayor Anne Baker, Councillor Kelly Vea Vea, as well as local business owners and staff.
Also celebrated on the night were the Service Star awards that recognised outstanding customer service. These were awarded in two categories: the business choice award where businesses nominated an employee who worked behind the scenes and was not often seen by customers; and the customer choice award which was nominated by customers across all Moranbah businesses.
Winner of the business choice Service Star was Kylie Dowd of Create-A-Sign and the winner of the customer choice Service Star was Brandon Davies of High Country Enterprise.
Mr Stenton said: “We had large number of finalists from a mixed range of categories competing for the Service Star awards which proves that businesses in Moranbah are making customers their number one priority.
“That is a great recipe for generating repeat business because when customers feel valued they return again and again.”
Service Star Winner, Kylie Dowd, of Create-A-Sign, said: “I feel very honoured to have won the award as I take great pride in my work. It feels great to be recognised for that although it was very unexpected.”
Winners in the other categories were Moranbah Workers Club in the Hospitality category, Marlee Construction in the Manufacturing and Mining category, Alphyn Construction in the Lifestyle category, Bali Buddies in the Home Business category, Allmyne in the Training, Knowledge and Development category, Moranbah Discount Tyres & Mechanical in the Retail category, Construct Health in the Professional Service category, Big On Shoes in the Innovation category and The Roast Shack in the New Business category.
The major sponsors of the event were Local Buying Community Foundation, Next Accounting, Moranbah Community Workers Club, Regional Messenger and Create-A-Sign.