Business Excellence Awards handed out in St. John’s

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Take the Shot Productions takes Business Excellence Award

It was an afternoon of celebrating excellence in local business on Wednesday, when the 21st annual Business Excellence Awards were put off by the St. John’s Board of Trade at the Convention Centre.

The St. John’s Board of Trade held its 21st annual Business Excellence Awards ceremony at the St. John’s Convention Centre Wednesday. Take the Shot Productions Inc., a television and film production company, walked away with two awards — the Entrepreneurial Spirit category and the overall Business Excellence Award. Pictured (from left) are Nancy Healey, chief executive officer, St. John’s Board of Trade; Allan Hawco, Perry Chafe and John Vatcher of Take the Shot Productions Inc.; and Dennis Mahoney, chairman of the St. John’s Board of Trade.

The big winners of the event were recognizable not just for their success around town, but for their success in national television, too.

Take the Shot Productions — represented at the awards by Allan Hawco, John Vatcher and Perry Chafe — first won the award for Entrepreneurial Spirit, and later won the Business Excellence Award, described by the Board of Trade as “the most prestigious award given by the St. John’s Board of Trade (that) recognizes innovation, creativity, sales growth and the passion for success demonstrated by the annual winner.”

“I can’t even begin to tell you what an honour this is,” Hawco said.

Take the Shot Productions produces “Republic of Doyle,” along with many other projects.

“We are continuing to develop productions with every major network across the country, with the one main objective to produce that material here and provide work for Newfoundlanders and, at the same time, celebrate, explore and promote our cultural identity in Newfoundland and Labrador,” Hawco said.

Other winners

The were several other winners at the awards luncheon. Deloitte won a Community Impact Award for a business with more than 20 employees.

The IDEA factory won the same award for a company with fewer than 20 employees.

The Leader in Growth and Sales was Le Boudoir, which opened its first location in 2010 and a second in 2013.

In its first two months in business, its second location almost reached its projected sales for the year.

The Marketing and Promotional Creativity Award went to the Hickman Automotive Group.

ServiceMaster Clean nabbed the award for Customer Service and Reliability.

Grant Thornton took the Workplace Excellence Award.

Keith Butler was recognized as the Community Builder Volunteer of the Year.

josh.pennell@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Board of Trade, The Leader, The Marketing Customer Service

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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