ALL THAT GLITTERS: Left, winners at Grampians-Pyrenees Business Achievement Awards at Avoca celebrate their win in a cloud of confetti.
Stawell abbatoir Frewstal is the toast of the Grampians and Pyrenees business community after winning a major regional business-of-the-year award.
Officials announced at a glittering gala presentation night at Avoca Shire Turf Club that Frewstal had pipped a list of high-achieving nominations.
They also inducted long-standing businesses Waack’s Bakery in Stawell and Ararat and DogRock Winery at Crowlands into the awards’ Hall of Fame.
The 2013 Powercor Grampians Pyrenees Business Achievement Award presentations on Friday night attracted business representatives and community leaders and sponsors from Pyrenees, Northern Grampians and Ararat municipalities.
More than 230 people were among guests at the dinner to celebrate business achievement and hear the announcement of 16 award winners.
The biennial awards provide regional businesses with an avenue to develop their business, acknowledge the efforts of their staff and customers, while being recognised for innovation and excellence within their respective industries.
Pyrenees Shire Council hosted the evening and promoted a ‘keeping it local’ theme.
Guests sat down to a dinner menu including district produce accompanied by a selection of wines from the Pyrenees Grapegrowers and Winemakers Association and ales from Three Troupers Brewery.
The district’s Mahony Brothers also provided entertainment.
Pyrenees Shire Council mayor Cr Michael O’Connor congratulated all businesses that took part in the awards and emphasised the high standard of business practise in the Grampians Pyrenees region.
“The dinner was a testament to our local business community, which is always keen to celebrate and acknowledge the achievement of their peers,” he said.
“The Grampians Pyrenees region is home to so many successful businesses from a wide range of industries, all of whom have shown a commitment to business excellence.”