The award was presented in front of 1000 guests, including Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Small Business Minister Damien Tudehope, at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.
Aquna Sustainable Murray Cod produce high-quality Murray cod in open ponds (or dams) on the Murray-Darling Basin river system – the fish’s native environment.
With a commercial fishing ban on wild Murray cod, and an increasing appetite for the iconic fish, Aquna has responded by developing a versatile ingredient that gives chefs new and flexible ways of including white-fleshed Murray cod on the menu.
By using a land-based aquaculture model, Aquna has one of the lowest environmental footprints in the industry.
“Aquna is a fantastic, innovative and progressive NSW business and thoroughly deserve to be named Business of the Year,” said NSW Business Chamber Regional Manager, Kellon Beard.
“The theme for our awards this year was all about how businesses of all shapes and sizes shine a light for others to follow, and Aquna is certainly doing that,” Mr Beard said.
“To think that they tested themselves against businesses from every region across our State and came out on top speaks volumes for the work they do, and how they do it.
“It’s an award that also recognises the hard working staff who make the business so successful – and I know everyone at Aquna will be delighted with this honour,” Mr Beard said.
Aquna Sustainable Murray Cod also took out the Excellence in Sustainability Award, sponsored by BINGO Industries.
The Mid North Coast was represented by a number of local businesses that won at the Regional Awards held in Port Macquarie in September.
The business that represented the Mid North Coast at the State Awards were, Cassegrain Wines (Business of the Year), mbc Recruitment, Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, Affirmations Australia, Valley Industries, Touchwood Flowers, WM Meats, Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce, Kirstie's Skinsational, Wauchope Country Club, South West Rocks Country Club, First State Allstars and Valley Industries.
Unfortunately, none of our Regional winners were successful on the night, but all celebrated business and enjoyed the event.
“It is very important for the Mid North Coast business community to come together and celebrate the success of Regional Business, and the awards program facilitates this,” Mr Beard said.
Mid-North Coast 2019 Winners Where:
Outstanding Young Employee
Kayla Fuller, Touchwood Flowers
Outstanding Young Entrepreneur
Ritchie Mann, WM Meats
Outstanding Business Leader
Trent Jennison, Valley Industries
Excellence in Micro Business
Excellence in Small Business
Wauchope Country Club
Excellence in Business
South West Rocks Country Club
Excellence in Export
Cassegrain Wines (Pictured)
Excellence in Social Enterprise
Start Up Superstar
First State Allstars
Excellence in Innovation
Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail
Excellence in Sustainability
Outstanding Employer of Choice
Local Chamber of Commerce
Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce
Regional Business of the Year