A boutique butcher in Richmond has taken out the major honour at the 2020 Jemena Northern Outback Business Awards.
In front of a COVID-reduced audience of over 100 people, Lorrae Johnston and Keegan Nelson of Moselle Meats collected the business of the year honour at Buchanan Park on Saturday night winning a trophy and $2000 in cash.
It was one of three awards the Richmond business took out on the Commerce North West-organised night along with Rising Star (Five or Less Employees) and the Small and Successful Award,
Mr Nelson and Ms Johnston have been running the business for two years and Moselle Meats is named for the family property, 25km from Richmond, where all the meat for the butchery comes from.
Mr Nelson said they had customers from Cairns to Mount Isa as well as good local traffic in Richmond.
"I'm born and bred there," Mr Nelson said. "We are very passionate about our business and we are passionate about the town which has supported us."
Ms Johnston came from Longreach and had a banking background before she met Mr Nelson in Rochmond eight years ago.
Fellow mid western business owner and former McKinlay Mayor Belinda Murphy was the MC on the night while there were speeches from Commerce North West president Chris Boschoff and Mayor Danielle Slade.
Mr Boschoff said it had been a tough year for all businesses and all finalists were winners for being nominated.
Other winners on the night were:
Rising Star (more than five employees): Beltech Engineering
Medium Mover: Alliance Safety Equipment
Social Change Maker: Churches of Christ in Qld
Workplace of Choice Blackwoods Mount Isa
Customer Service Hero (Community): Margie McDonald - Mount Isa Golf Club
Customer Service Hero (Trades and Skills) Dave Munday - Superior Machinery Mtce:
Customer Service Hero (Retail & Service) Angela Czecsi - Ibis Styles
People's Choice - Missliltyn Beauty
Hall of Fame - Mt Isa Isuzu Ute
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