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Mutual Bank takes out Hunter Local Business of the Year award


The Mutual Bank is in celebration mode this week after reaping the spoils at the annual 2022 Hunter Local Business Awards.

The financial institution won its category, outstanding professional services, and then captured the prestigious “gold” as the Business of the Year at a gala presentation evening at the Belmont 16s.

Levi Smith, from Redhead’s Lone Clothing Co, was named Youth of the Year (fashion) while Tom Woods, from Maitland’s River Realty, walked away with the corresponding real estate title.

The awards aim to pay tribute to, and reward, the region’s best enterprises, while strengthening the bonds between the local business community.

Finalists are selected based on the number of online and printed nominations they receive in their specific section.

They’re then comprehensively judged in two stages – from the information received by each business and from a mystery shop visit by one of the anonymous judges.

Awards were presented in a variety of categories from antique, art, craft and gifts to automotive services; building to conveyancing; hairdressers to performing arts; and much more.

The Mutual Bank’s CEO Geoff Seccombe admitted the honour was a testament to the bank’s staff at Rutherford.

“Our team is what sets us apart, with loyal members due to the high level of service received,” he said.

“As a member-owned bank, we’re here for our members with profits invested back into providing exceptional service, great products and supporting the community.

“The Mutual Bank strives for modern banking with traditional service and we deliver day in and day out.

“I’m pleased our staff have been recognised for the continued professional and personalised service they provide to our members.”

2022 Hunter Local Business Awards winners

  • Business of the Year – The Mutual Bank (RUTHERFORD)
  • Youth of the Year (fashion) – Levi Smith, Lone Clothing Co (REDHEAD)
  • Youth of the Year (real estate) – Tom Woods, River Realty (MAITLAND)
  • Antique, Art, Craft and Gifts – Wishing You Well (GATESHEAD)
  • Automotive Services – Ansen’s Tyre & Auto (GATESHEAD)
  • Bakery/Cake Business – Euro Patisserie (NEW LAMBTON)
  • Barber Shop – Walkabout Barber Enterprises (WARNERS BAY)
  • Beauty Services – The Spa at Chateau Elan Hunter Valley (POLKOBIN)
  • Building Services – BJL Welding & Fabrication (BERESFIELD)
  • Butcher – Rathmines Butchery (RATHMINES)
  • Café – The Cunning Culinarian (MAITLAND)
  • Conveyancing Services – Hunter Legal & Conveyancing (MAITLAND)
  • Early Childhood Centre – Thornton Early Learning Centre (THORNTON)
  • Fashion – Lone Clothing Co (REDHEAD)
  • Fast Food/Takeaway – Boost Juice – Charlestown Square (CHARLESTOWN)
  • Fitness Services – Guy’s Karate School (RUTHERFORD)
  • Florist – Briony and Bloom (CHARLESTOWN)
  • Hairdresser – Indie Mane (RAYMOND TERRACE)
  • Health Improvement Services – Our Voice Our Choice (THORNTON)
  • Jewellery Store – Matthews Jewellers – Westfield Kotara (KOTARA)
  • Painting and Decorating Services – Urbanops (BELMONT NORTH)
  • Performing Arts – Michael Nolan Vocal Studio (WARNERS BAY)
  • Pet Care – Dogoverboard (ADAMSTOWN)
  • Pharmacy – Edgeworth Oasis Terry White Chemmart (EDGEWORTH)
  • Plumbing Services – Laser Plumbing Newcastle Central (WARATAH)
  • Professional Services – The Mutual Bank (RUTHERFORD)
  • Property Services – Plush Home (EDGEWORTH)
  • Real Estate Agency – River Realty (MAITLAND)
  • Restaurant – Muse Restaurant (POKOLBIN)
  • Service and Trade – Vital Hospitality Group (CARDIFF)
  • Sole Operator – Sugarpop Parties (KOTARA)
  • Specialised Business – Nova For Women (NEWCASTLE)
  • Specialised Retail Business – Heritage Gardens Nursery and Café (ASHTONFIELD)
  • Tourism Services – Skippy Down Under Tours (MORISSET PARK)

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