A COMPANY founded in Albury just three years ago has scooped the pool at the Albury-Wodonga Business Awards including the prized honour of most outstanding business.
S&J Industrial, located in Englehardt Street, produces a range of packaging products assets including plastic pallets, handheld totes, containers and folding pallet bins which remain fully recyclable at the end of their lifespan.
The company was founded by Jos Weemaes and Steven Pitts with the latter the former chief executive of Mountain H20 water bottling plant in East Albury.
General manager Marcus Dowling said it was great recognition for the company.
“I’d like to thank both chambers and all the judges who have taken time out of their business to come and review our business,” he said.
“We certainly got a lot out of the process.”
S&J Industrial also won the excellence in innovation and micro business category.
Another multiple category winner Junction Support Services, who took out the excellence in health, education and disability services and employee of choice.
Junction Support Services support some of the most disadvantaged people in the community with 28 specialist programs including homelessness assistance for people of all ages.
The excellence in hospitality, leisure and tourism was taken out by Wodonga restaurant, Miss Amelie, which was was founded by its head chef David Kapay.
“This is for the staff who are at the restaurant tonight without me for the first time,” he said.
“Hospitality is what we do every day.”
Excellence in retail went to Salts of the Earth in Albury which has just expanded to Wangaratta and specialises in delivering a natural and non-invasive therapy.
The outstanding business entrepreneur went to Swathi Mahendran whose business involves the supply of chick peas and field peas to India.
The outstanding young business person, aged under 30, went to Kayla Severs.
Albury PCYC took out the outstanding not for profit community organisation and Family Vet Care claimed the excellence in commercial, professional and business services with a workforce of more than 40 people.
The Personnel Group won the outstanding medium to large business award which has had a presence in Albury-Wodonga for three decades.
Ultimate Windows claimed the most outstanding small business award and HA Accounting was crowned the most outstanding new business.
Baker Motors was inducted into the Hall of Fame.