FIVE Hastings business women were recognised for their outstanding and inspirational success at the Hastings Business Women’s Network Awards Gala last week.

Another three were honoured with the HBWN Tall Poppy Life Membership Award.

The gala saw more than 75 HBWN members and guests celebrate the success of their peers and the achievements of the network at Rose’s Vineyard on Thursday.

Network president Kelly Lamb said winners exemplified what the HBWN stands for achieving success in business while supporting those around them.

Major sponsor of the awards, Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams, has been a network member for the past four years.

“This exciting event has provided the opportunity to recognise, support and acknowledge many of the outstanding business women in our local community,” Mrs Williams said.

Business Owner of the Year was awarded to Emergency ID Australia founder Nicole Graham.

Alex Glen-Holmes of Elders Real Estate was crowned employee of the year.

Young Business Woman of the Year went to Zoe Van Mill, of XYZ Support.

New Business Woman of the Year was awarded to Pix Jonasson of Success Dynamics Group.

Childish Photography’s Kylie Biltris received the Judges’ Commendation and Members’ Choice awards.

Tall Poppy life membership was bestowed upon Peta Simmons of Bennetts Steel, Di Edgerley from Soft Edges and Caron Dyball of Snap Printing.

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