Double R Heavy Equipment Repairs was named the overall winner of the 2014 Clock Awards for business excellence at a gala presentation dinner on Friday evening.
Double R managing director Rusty Russell accepted the award from Mudgee Sunrise Rotary president David Miles in front of a record audience of 333 people at Parklands Resort.
Mr Russell said it was extremely exciting to be recognised as the 2014 Clock Award Overall winner.
“There are so many quality finalists in all categories, as represented here tonight with over 320 people in attendance representing their businesses,” he said. “It really does show how much this business community punches above its weight.”
Mr Russell, who billed his first hour in 2006 as a one-man operation working out of a ute, now runs a business with clients in NSW, Queensland and Western Australia.
He said the most enjoyable aspect of being in business had been the opportunity to develop a team.
“Our team continually go the extra mile and have a level of commitment that continues to exceed expectations that would be normally expected,” he said.
“Adaptability has been a strong part of our ongoing efforts - recognising that changes are inevitable and accepting the realities of a situation such as the recent economic downturn.
“This approach in addition to incorporating an entrepreneurial spirit and not being afraid to step out of our comfort zone have all contributed to the make-up of what Double R is today.”
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Our journey is not complete , there will be many exciting challenges ahead which will add to the Double R story. Thank you to the Mudgee community for all your support.”
As the overall winner of the Clock Award, Double R took home the prestigious Clock Award trophy.
Two of trophy’s four clock faces are usually set to eastern standard time and the other two to daylight savings time, allowing the winner to simply turn the trophy around according to the time of year.
However, for the next 12 months, the Clock Trophy will be proudly displayed in the Double R offices with faces set to NSW and Western Australian time.
Mr Russell also thanked the Rotary Club of Mudgee Sunrise for their efforts in running the awards program and raising funds for the Mudgee Scouts.
Awards in 13 categories were chosen by panels of independent judges, with the overall award chosen from the category winners.
The award for most popular business, which went to Blooms The Chemist, was chosen by popular vote.
The Apprenticeship/Trainee of the Year Award was won by Zeke Bailey of Moolarben Coal/Skillset, who was chosen on the basis on interviews with the six finalists.
Mudgee Sunrise Rotary president David Miles said the judging panels had commented on the high calibre of the submissions from a number of the category winners.
“The criteria was addressed with much attention to detail and reflect strong customer focus and excellent service,” he said.
Each of the category winners receives 12 months free membership of the Mudgee Chamber of Commerce and a gift pack of wines from Robert Oatley Vineyards.
Winner: Blowes Menswear
Runner-Up: Mudgee Newsagency
Winner: Cherry Red
Runner-up: S&S Meats
Winner: AK Constructions
Runner-Up: Rapid Plumbing and Gas
Winner: Bella Medi Spa
Runner-up: Ultimate Care Skin & Body Centre
Winner: Double R Heavy Equipment Repairs
Runner-up: A1 Earthworx
Winner: Pioneer House
Winner: Mudgee Guardian & The Weekly
Runner-up: Fairview Artspace
Winner: Country Physiotherapy
Runner-up: Blooms The Chemist
Winner: Mudgee Brewing Company
Runner-up: Mudgee Bakery & Café
Winner: Alby & Esther’s
Runner-up: Mudgee Corner Store
Most Popular Business:
Blooms The Chemist
Best New Business:
Mudgee Corner Store
Disability Access Award:
Rapid Plumbing & Gas
Apprentice/Trainee of the Year
Zeke Bailey, Moolarben Coal/Skillset
Runner Up: Stephanie Limm, Oriental Hotel