THE iconic Tinamba Hotel has received the top honour at the annual Gippsland Business Awards, being named Gippsland Business of the Year.
Awards chairman Sheridan Bond congratulated business owners Brad Neilson and Damien Gannon, who are celebrating the tenth anniversary of their ownership of the hotel.
Almost 400 people filled the Premier Function Centre in Traralgon on August 30 for the gala dinner, where businesses from throughout Gippsland were represented across 11 categories.
Ms Bond congratulated all entrants, who she said showcased the enormous potential and innovation across Gippsland.
"The depth and diversity of the entries each year demonstrates the quality and dedication of our business people who overcome challenges every day through determination and hard work," she said.
The Tinamba Hotel's success story began in May 2009 when Mr Neilsen and Mr Gannon bought the hotel, which was established in 1874.
They immediately closed it for renovations, reopening three months later, and it has since cemented a reputation as a fine dining destination.
Category winners came from across the region.
Among them was East Gippsland Osteopathic Clinic, Sale, in the health and wellbeing category.
It was described as having a well-developed business plan with clear vision and goals, which underpinned structured growth built on the back of a comprehensive client support model, focused on personalised service delivery.
Tinamba Hotel, the hospitality category winner, was described as a business that had stayed true to its ethos of service excellence, and had done so for 10 years.
Each GBA finalist was assessed and independently rated by five judges across 10 judging criteria, and as appropriate, received site visits or judges undertake mystery shopper visits.
Other category winners:
Business and professional services: Methmac Communications trading as Leah Mether, Willow Grove.
Food wine producers: Harman Wine, Wattle Bank.
Manufacturing-export: Shadeworks, Bairnsdale.
Mechanical trades and construction: Habitat Creations, Moe.
New business: Little Bumble Reusable Food Wraps, Warragul.
Retail: Dalyston General Store, Dalyston.
Tourism activities and attractions: Phillip Island Helicopters, Phillip Island.