Three businesses have brought gold back to the Peninsula after securing titles at the Local Business Awards gala night on November 30.
Umina family business, Dyson Logistics, clinched first place in the specialised business category, winning over big competitors like the Australian Reptile Park and Ettalong Beach Premium Waterview Apartments.
Dyson Logistics owner, Kane Dyson, said it was great to be able to share the good news with his clients.
“The award validates all the hard work we put into the business, it shows our clients we are respected and valuable,” Dyson said.
“The real benefits are yet to be determined; however, the award has already opened doors to people and ideas we hadn’t previously had access to.
“Our priority is servicing our local businesses.”
While the family still resides at Umina Beach, the international freight forwarding company has now set up its office at West Gosford.
It wasn’t the only big win for the Peninsula that night with Woy Woy’s Dancinality claiming the title for best performing arts business.
In a social media post, studio director and teacher, Kristie Smee, said she was extremely honoured and grateful to receive the award.
“This is a really special occasion for my team and I … it’s been a true amalgamation of efforts over the past 19 years to get the studio to where it is today,” Smee said.
“When I was just seven years old I announced I wanted to be a dance teacher; at 17 I opened my very own studio, and in 2016 my beautiful and hardworking mother retired from studio life forcing my hand to really have to run the business side of (the) studio.
“Running any small business is hard yacka, working in the dance industry can sometimes be downright ruthless… but even on the really tough days, when the politics, logistics and drama is just all too much for one person, I have never not loved what I do!”
The Enchanted Flowers & Gifts shop at Deepwater Plaza also received recognition for its efforts this year in the floristry industry, taking on Bateau Bay’s Flower Barn and Copacabana’s Styled by K, for the top prize.