Businesses hailed for triumph over COVID era at awards night

Published 25 October 2022

2022 Moreton Bay Business and Innovation Awards

Nearly 480 businesspeople have packed out Eatons Hill Hotel for the 2022 Moreton Bay Business and Innovation Awards for a celebration of the region’s successes and achievements.

A panel of 44 judges from organisations across South East Queensland were responsible for crowning winners in 15 categories, including three new categories, and 68 finalists in total.

Sesame Lane Care and Kindergarten took out the top gong as Business of the Year after 33 years of delivering quality childcare and education to the community across 14 centres.

Mayor Peter Flannery said the awards were not only a celebration of the winners who took home trophies, but the triumph of surviving the COVID era.

“As Mayor this is one of the events I look forward to most each year  because when local businesses succeed, Moreton Bay succeeds,” he said.

“In fact, 90 per cent of businesses in our region are small local businesses, which is why Council is committed to being a top performing Queensland Small Business Friendly Council.

“It’s why we keep releasing products and services to help your business, like Ask Morty. This free, Australian-first, data-concierge service helps small business locate more customers.

“It’s why we ran ‘back a local’ campaigns to get everyone to eat, shop and support local businesses in 2022.

"And it’s why we’re asking businesses to sign onto our new ‘Moreton Money’ initiative in partnership with six local Chambers of Commerce.

“Steve Jobs was right when he said: ‘innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower’, but that was in a pre-COVID world.

“Recent experience has taught us all that innovation alone is not enough; it also requires grit, determination, and even blind optimism in the face of seemingly impossible odds.”

MBRIT CEO and Founder Shane Newcombe said all 68 finalists should be proud of what they had achieved in challenging economic conditions this year.

“For many, 2022 has been the toughest year of all, which began with high COVID cases, staff shortages and floods. Each finalist continues to demonstrate their resilience and perseverance in the face of ongoing economic uncertainty,” Mr Newcombe said.

“The task for this year’s judges was challenging too, with such a high calibre of entries in all categories. This proves what we know, the Moreton Bay Region is emerging as a business and innovation powerhouse and the future is bright.

“Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Moreton Bay Business and Innovation Awards, particularly Business of the Year Sesame Lane Care and Kindergarten and the winners of our new categories.”

Brisbane Whale Watching’s Kerry Lopez won Businesswoman of the Year, while Tracy Johnson from SRJ Walker Wayland won the Akyra Award for Employee of the Year and Ellie Bakker from Splice Marketing won the Think2Be Award for Entrepreneur of the Year.

Full list of finalists and winners 

EPIC Assist Award for Accessibility & Inclusiveness Excellence


Lawnton Aquatic Centre

Oncall Group Australia Pty Ltd

Play Tech Australia Pty Ltd

Winner: Succeed Healthcare Solutions Pty Ltd


North Harbour Award for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence

Belco Custom Trailers

The Mural Shop

Winner: EJ


Award for Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence

Northshore Pet Resort

Richardson & Wrench Caboolture

Social Ocean

Wild Cherry Events

Winner: Ausbuild


Moreton Daily Award for Customer Service Excellence

Integrate PHYSIO

Lillybrook Dental Surgery

Springers Solar

Joint winners: North Lakes and Surrounds Electrical and Sesame Lane Care and Kindergarten


Award for Environment & Sustainability Excellence

Basilea Living Herbs and Edible Flowers

Bygreen/ Green Life Warehouse

Northshore Pet Resort


Winner: Moreton Bay Recycling


Solar Bollard Lighting Award for Exporting Excellence


Winner: Elexon Mining


Award for Food and Agribusiness Excellence

Bask & Co.

Little White Goat Cheese


Moreton Bay Kitchen

Winner: My Berries


Bishopp Award for Marketing Excellence

Lillybrook Dental Surgery

Splice Marketing

UnderSea Putt & Play

Village Motors

Winner: Cashmere Syrups


SRJ Walker Wayland Award for Not-For-Profit Excellence

Chameleon Regional Community Housing Accommodation and Welfare Association Inc

Stationery Aid

The Carers Foundation


Winner: Encircle Ltd


Visit Moreton Bay Award for Tourism Business Excellence

Bribie Beach Shack

Redcliffe Farmers and Artisan Markets

Sandstone Point Holiday Resort

The Store of Requirement

Winner: Ocean View Estates


UniSC Award for Youth Innovation Excellence

PHL Photos (Mt Maria Petrie - Yr 11)

St Benedict's College – MyCountry

Winner: Bray Park State High School – Shnoompy Boy Designs


RDA Moreton Bay Award for Innovation Excellence





Winner: Concrete Data Sensors


Award for Businesswoman of the Year

Angela Moore - The Coffee Patch on Hasking

Ellie Bakker - Splice Marketing

Kerri Smith - Sesame Lane Care & Kindergarten

Susanne Jones - Just Better Care Brisbane North

Winner: Kerry Lopez - Brisbane Whale Watching


Akyra Award for Employee of the Year

Courtney Dowling - Wild Cherry Events

Karen Naylor - Sesame Lane Care & Kindergarten

Kym Lewis - Lillybrook Dental Surgery

Liam Mellor - Northshore Pet Resort

Winner: Tracy Johnson - SRJ Walker Wayland Pty Ltd


Think2Be Award for Entrepreneur of the Year

Barbara Armstrong - Sweet Peanuts

Daniel Nixon – ONETIME

Dr Selena Fisk - Selena Mary Fisk

James Sullivan - Chilli Coffee Pty Ltd

Winner: Ellie Bakker - Splice Marketing