The red carpet was rolled out, quite literally, for the return of the Bega Outstanding Customer Service Awards.
The glittering night on Saturday, November 9, held at the Bega Commemorative Civic Centre was the first time in 13 years a business awards night had been held in Bega.
This year hundreds of individuals and businesses were nominated by their customers and clients over the past several months, then shortlisted by "mystery shopper" judges.
With 64 finalists across 13 separate categories, their work colleagues, loved ones and supporters, it was a packed auditorium enjoying dinner, entertainment and the rewarding of the best in local business.
Emcee for the night was radio and TV personality Tim Webster, while Bega MP Andrew Constance and Bega Cheese director Richard Parbery were also very special guests.
Mr Webster shared his thoughts on his love of regional Australia - and Bega Cheese - as well as some highlights from his time in the media spotlight, like interviewing Paul McCartney backstage at the Hordern Pavilion in 1976, and sharing a beer with Greg Norman.
Both Mr Constance and Mr Parbery spoke of their passion for Bega and for the local business community and employment opportunities.
"The greatest thing about this region is its heart," Mr Constance said. "And we all benefit from the efforts of our business community."
Bega Outstanding Customer Service Awards for 2019
Agribusiness: Southern Farm Supplies; highly commended Bega Cobargo Vets
Automotive: GH Mechanical; highly commended Tyrepower
Community Services: Bega VRA; highly commended Sapphire Community Pantry
Health and Beauty: United Fitness Studio; highly commended Plevey's Pharmacy
Trades and Services: Clifton and Russell Constructions; highly commended Christopher Dunning Electrical
Junior Female Employee of the Year: Ellie Christison; highly commended Makayla O'Bryan
Junior Male Employee of the Year: Matthew Gibbs; highly commended Ben Angus
Tourism and Hospitality: Coffee House Cafe;highly commended Helloworld
Professional Services: Elders Real Estate; highly commended Commonwealth Bank
Retail with Additional Services: Bega Fasteners and Industrial Supplies; highly commended Sportspower
Retail Services: Tuff As Workwear and Safety; highly commended Glen Mia Saddlery
Senior Female Employee of the Year: Casey Back; highly commended Jamara Nye
Senior Male Employee of the Year: Matt Bonomi; highly commended Brendan Hayson