THE second Greater Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce Business Awards were a resounding success.
The awards, held at Port Macquarie Panthers on Friday night, followed months of voting by chamber members and the public.
Former Test cricketer turned cult commentator Kerry O’Keeffe hosted the sold-out gala dinner which recognised the achievements of businesses in the Port Macquarie, Camden Haven and Wauchope regions.
Chamber president Rob Turner said it was a “fantastic night” for all the 500-plus crowd.
“It showed the business community is right behind having the awards,” Mr Turner said.
“Local businesses are really raising their profile and striving for excellence.
“I think it gave everyone a bit of a boost and bit of motivation.”
The Little Brewing Company collected a hat-trick of awards, including the big one: the Greater Port Macquarie Business of the year.
The brewery also was named the Port Macquarie Business of the Year and picked up the trades and manufacturing gong.
The brewery’s director, Kylie Little, said she was “blown away” by the win.
‘The competition was tough,” Mrs Little said.
“But it shows a tremendous vote of confidence from the community in our business.”
Mrs Little also said she felt that the company had been “adopted” by the people of Port Macquarie.
“We’ve got great cheese, wines, tomatoes and restaurants in the area – now we can add beer to the list as well.”
The brewery’s signature Wicked Elf beers are award-winners at numerous levels.
She said the next big step for the brewery was to get the cellar-door in place at their Uralla Rd premises for tastings.