Business Awards Winners – 2015


What a wonderful night was had by all at the fourth annual MDBA Business Excellence Awards – and what a pleasant surprise to see an ‘out of town’ business take the judge’s award this year  – going to Jamieson General Store and Fudge Company!

Well done Leanne and Wayne – high praises from the judges.

And congratulations to all of our winners and to the employees who were honoured by their bosses – it is always pleasing to see trusted employees given a pat on the back for their good work and dedication.

I would encourage more of our businesses to enter these awards next year as it not only gives you additional publicity about how good you are but allows you to evaluate your progress – what’s good and what can be improved.  It is not about who can write the best submissions but outlining what you offer the public as much as anything.

Our judges this year were quite surprised at the variety of businesses we have in this district – some they had never visited before but were pleased with all entries.

Our judges were both former businessmen – running their own small businesses which grew and grew – so they knew what they were about.

And a big thank you again to the Coffee Merchant who hosted the night – what a fabulous meal and atmosphere – well done Matt, Gareth and the team.

In 2016 the Delatite Hotel has been earmarked for our awards night – looking forward to it Dean and the crew.

The annual awards can only grow bigger and better if everyone has a go – even if you don’t win a trophy there is still a lot to be gained from trying. I am sure that Leanne and Wayne didn’t expect to win but because of the great customer service they give – it got them huge acknowledgements.

If you know of a business that is perhaps in its infancy, or growing and is well worth being acknowledged then have a chat or let the committee know so we can have a chat to them.


Pam Zierk Mahoney
MDBA President


Congratulations to all of our entrants and winners at the 2015 MDBA Business Excellence Awards.  A fantastic night was held at the Mansfield Coffee Merchant on the 7th October that was all about celebrating businesses and networking.

We would like to congratulate the following businesses for their success:

Best New Business ~ Mansfield Coffee Merchant

Finalist – Spinners Bar & Bowl

Excellence in Tourism ~ Delatite Wines

Finalist – Tin Shed Cider

Mansfield Coffee Merchant team

Mansfield Coffee Merchant team – winners of the Service Excellence Award and the Best New Business Award

Service Excellence Award – Mansfield Coffee Merchant


  • Proactive Tax
  • Auto One & High Country 4×4
  • Tin Shed Cider

Youth Employer of Excellence – Mansfield Armchair Cinema

Best Small Business ~ Kiss Fitness

Finalists ~

  • Jamieson General Store & Fudge Factory
  • Edith & May
  • Auto One & High Country 4×4

Best Large Business ~ Proactive Tax

Finalist – Mansfield Courier

Judge’s Award – Jamieson General Store and Fudge Factory

Employee Service Award (nominated by their employer)

Proactive Tax team

Proactive Tax – Winner Best Medium Business Mansfield Armchair Cinema – Winner of Youth Employer of Excellence

  • Selena Wilson – Proactive Tax
  • Wendy Lochtenburg – High Country 4 x 4
  • Jen Duncombe – Mansfield Regional Produce Store
  • Gareth McDonald – Mansfield Coffee Merchant

Hall of Fame – Winner of a Category 3 years in a row – Mansfield Armchair Cinema

** This means that this business is not permitted to enter this category again for another 3 years.  All Hall of Fame inductees are listed here.

We would also like to thank our judges for their time, effort and expertise.

Entries for the 2016 awards will open in May 2016.


Winners at the MDBA Business Awards

Winning businesses at the 2015 MDBA Business Excellence Awards – congratulations!