A Hamilton-based family-owned accounting firm is in celebration mode after scooping the pool at the prestigious Small Business Champion Awards at the weekend.
In a positive result for Newcastle, as well as the Hunter Valley, The Garis Group was named the nation’s finest from 22 industry finalists.
The local staff walked away from the International Convention Centre, at Darling Harbour, with the title of “best small business accounting firm in Australia” on Saturday night.
The ceremony was postponed several times throughout 2020 due to COVID-19.
But, thankfully, with public health restrictions easing over the past few months, Precedent Productions were able to stage the nationally-recognised event, which honoured small businesses in 52 different categories.
And, the accounting section was fiercely-contested.
However, in a major coup for the region, The Garis Group took home the top prize.
Managing director John Garis and his team were on hand to accept the award.
“We are truly humbled to have won in our category for 2020,” he said.
“Without a doubt the past 12 months have been an incredibly challenging time for small business.
“So, we’re extremely delighted to have made such a significant contribution in the recovery process for all our wonderful clients.”
Mr Garis also acknowledged his colleagues in the accounting space for all their efforts in assisting small business throughout the country, praising his team for consistently demonstrating excellence in customer service and work ethic.
“We’re a family business and my staff are an extension of that,” he said.
“We can’t achieve anything without their dedication toward helping all our clients through the good times and the bad.
“I’m immensely proud of all of them and this award is justification for all their hard work and commitment to the business.”