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Central Coast Manufacturers stand out at two awards nights

On Friday night, 11th October The Central Coast Regional Business Awards and the Hunter Manufacturing awards were held. Central Coast manufactures Life Health Foods and Chamberlain Group took away the major awards of the night.

Nearly 250 business leaders shone bright at the 2019 Central Coast Regional Business Awards the premier business event held at the Terrigal Crown Plaza. The event recognised 27 finalists for their outstanding contribution to the Central Coast. Life Health Foods took out the prestigious Regional Business of the Year as well as the Excellence in Innovation award.

Life Health Foods are Australia’s leading plant based food manufacturer based in Berkeley Vale and is the first company in Australia to launch three next gen formats to produce food products that look, cook and taste like meat.They now have a great chance at taking out the NSW Business of the Year at the coveted NSW Business Chamber Gala Awards in Sydney to be held on the 22nd November. Life Health Foods is led by General Manager, Dean Epps and are based in Berkley Vale. They were established in 2015 and now employ over 130 people. Pictured below is Dean Epps, Don Mitchell,Steven Blake and Simone Edge, part of the management team at LHF.


Further North at Wests City Newcastle Central Coast manufacturer Chamberlain Group were in the running for three awards. They received a highly commended for the Excellence in Manufacturing process but won the Excellence in People and Skills development award and the converted Manufacturer of the year. Chamberlain were up against the best in the Hunter. Chamberlain Group factory operations are led by Graeme Sheekey, Head of Operations Oceania, and are based in West Gosford. The site employees over 35 people and are manufacturers of commercial roller door openers for the domestic and international markets under the brand name Grifco.  The Grifico business dates back to 1914. Pictured below is Graeme Sheekey Operations Manager Accepting the Manufacturer of the Year Award.


Note: Manufacturing is the second biggest value add sector in the region behind Health and Social care and the biggest exporter of goods and services of any sector.


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