Who won big at Queenstown’s business awards

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A burger-making sensation won the top gong at last night’s Queenstown business awards.

Several hundred people attended last night’s glitzy awards ceremony and dinner at Skyline Queenstown Restaurant.

It’s the 12th year of the Westpac-sponsored, Chamber of Commerce-organised event.

Fergburger – a must-do for many visitors to Queenstown despite the company spending nothing on marketing – won the medium to large business award and ended up taking the supreme award as well.

The company’s general manager Stephen Bradley, who approached the stage to the tune of Queen’s We Are The Champions, paid tribute to his staff at the 65 square metre Shotover Street premises – and to the rest of the town’s businesses.

“We’re all in together – from construction to hospitality to adventure tourism to professional services,” Bradley told the gowned, suited and booted audience.

“Ferg – it does love Queenstown. We really, truly believe deeply in this place that we’re all privileged to call home.

“This award will only push us to lift our standards further and the reputation of Queenstown as a destination.”

Bradley also acknowledged lifetime achievement award winner Jim Boult, saying: “You’re certainly an inspiration to me as a young manager, as a father and as a young bald man.”

CATEGORY WINNERS

Small to medium business: Trinity Development Alliance 
Medium to large business: Fergburger 
New and emerging business: Public Kitchen & Bar 
Professional services award: Highland Real Estate (Harcourts) 
Young business person: Tracy Cui, Ngai Tahu Tourism 
Lifetime achievement award: Jim Boult 
Trade service and construction: Landmark Homes 
Tourism, activities and events: Magic Memories 
Small enterprise hospitality: Pub on Wharf 
Large enterprise hospitality and accommodation: Crowne Plaza 
Supreme award: Fergburger