Port Macquarie's Kayla Fuller in running for 2019 Mid North Coast Regional Business Awards

December 5, 2023

The benefits of nominating for the Port Macquarie Business Awards are enormous and more young people should get involved. That’s the opinion of Port Macquarie’s Kayla Fuller who has progressed to the 2019 Mid North Coast Regional Business Awards.

The winners of those awards will be announced on September 13 at Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges. Kayla progressed to the regional awards when she claimed the top gong in the outstanding young employee category at the Port Macquarie awards night.

The 27-year-old has worked at Touchwood Flowers for eight years and this is just the second time she has nominated for any award.

“It is pretty big to actually be a finalist at this level,” Kayla said. “It means a lot. While you enter and hope to get somewhere, to be one of four people to progress through to regional judging is just an incredible feeling. I was really speechless (when she was announced the winner at the Port Macquarie awards) and it was an overwhelming experience,” she said. “As a young person, it is sometimes hard to say why you are good at something.”

But the reasons behind her success are better understood when she starts talking about the business. “I love this place like it is my own and I strive to care for the business, our customers and my fellow staff members. Because I am so protective of this business, Ashley (Sargeson, the owner) has enough trust in me that it makes coming to work a really positive experience,” she said.

“I really want to to see this business strive forward and have never really given a thought to a personal achievement.” Kayla described the awards as “fabulous” and says it is a great opportunity for small business to broadcast their name, interact with fellow business operators and to showcase their staff and skill set.

“From a personal level, it is amazing to be going to the regional awards which I believe is like another win,” she said. “What I do here is done because I know it has to be done. I just do what I should do. You don’t really think about yourself and I do understand how difficult it is to sometimes write down why you should win something.”

Kayla also says that more younger people should nominate for the awards.

“I would encourage more businesses to put forward their young employees for awards,” she said. “It is a great boost and I come to work every day in a really positive frame of mind because I know people think I am good at my job. If more people were recognised I think it would be good for their self esteem.”

Ms Sargeson said Kayla was a wonderful employee. “She goes above and beyond and is such a credit to the business,” she said. “We are really proud of her. It is really hard to describe how good Kayla is.”

Mid North Coast NSW Business Chamber regional manager, Kellon Beard, said this year’s finalists represent a fantastic cross section of businesses from right across the Mid-North Coast.

“These awards are a wonderful opportunity to showcase the strength of Mid-North Coast businesses,” he said. “It’s been a tough year for many businesses due to the ongoing drought, so it will be great to celebrate and highlight the excellence of our local business community.”

The awards include winners from MidCoast Business Awards, Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards, Macleay Valley Business Awards, and the Coffs Harbour Chamber Sunnys Business Awards. Winners in the 2019 Mid North Coast Regional Business Awards will be announced on Friday September 13, at Sails Port Macquarie at Rydges. The regional winners will represent the Mid-North Coast at NSW Business Chamber’s state business awards, on Friday November 22 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.

The regional award nominees are:

Outstanding Young Employee

Jasmine Swe, Fresh Dental Care

Letisha Johnston, TerryWhite Chemmart Coffs Harbour

Lachlan Townsend, Coastline Credit Union

Kayla Fuller, Touchwood Flowers

Outstanding Young Entrepreneur

Jemma Frame, Coffs Coast Hair Studio

Ritchie Mann, WM Meats

Daniel Parry-Hawkins, DPH Handyman & Yard Maintenance

Lauren Reichel, Valley Electrical Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

Outstanding Business Leader

Trent Jennison, Valley Industries

Kirsty Christensen, Fresh Dental Care

Gavan Landini, Macleay Options Inc

Colin Steber, Steber International

Stacey Morgan, Port Macquarie Performing Arts

Anna McAfee, Anna McAfee Pty Ltd

Nicole McMullen, Village Projects

Excellence in Micro Business

Coffs Coast Surf Tours

Kirstie’s Skinsational

Touchwood Flowers

Excellence in Small Business

Sportspower Super Warehouse, Coffs Harbour

Wauchope Country Club

Hat Head Bowling and Recreation Club

WM Meats

Kinetic Medicine

Excellence in Business

DFM Financial Group

South West Rocks Country Club

Planet Lighting

MBC Recruitment

Excellence in Export

Cassegrain Wines

Planet Lighting

Excellence in Social Enterprise

Valley Industries

The Australian Centre for Eating Disorders

Macleay Options Inc

OCTEC Limited

Start up Superstar

Cath Fowler Marketing

Wallamba Downs Weddings & Events

First State Allstars

Sweet Blossom Floral Design

Excellence in Innovation

Key Employment

Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail

Kempsey Macleay RSL Club

NC Doors

Excellence in Sustainability

Affirmations Australia

Anglican Care

Koala Hospital

Macleay River Meats

Outstanding Employer of Choice

Fresh Dental Care

Kempsey Shire Council

MBC Recruitment

Resource Design and Management

Anglican Care

Local Chamber of Commerce

Business Port Macquarie