Being pampered . . . Colleen Duffy being looked after by, back Shine Hair and Beauty owner Lisa Lambert-Smith, hairdresser Tamara Lye; front, beauty therapist Sonia Bowden and hairdresser Zoe WalkomWinning NSW Fair Trading’s Facebook competition ‘I love my local business’ came as complete, but very welcome surprise to Lisa Lambert-Smith.
Shine Hair and Beauty won the competition after they were nominated by customer and Clarence Town resident Colleen Duffy.
Lisa, who owns the business, said she saw the competition come up on the internet and thought they should have a go.
“I bought flyers into the salon, hoping that people would get on board and nominate not only us, but other local businesses as well,” she said.
“I was so shocked – actually blown away – when Colleen rang me to say we had won.
“It was a real morale booster for me and the girls and great for Clarence Town.”
Colleen said she saw the ad for the competition and immediately thought of Shine.
“They are a brilliant business and should be recognised,” she said.
“Lisa came here four years ago, took up the challenge and set up the salon.
“She employs two girls Tamara and Zoe and Sonia Bowden is the beauty therapist.
“They [Department of Fair Trading] rang me to say that Shine was in the top 25 . . . I was so excited.
“And then they went on to win the Hunter-Central Coast region.”
NSW Fair Trading Minister Matthew Mason-Cox said more than 700 entries were received for this year’s competition, up 250 per cent on last year.
“This is a fantastic response and shows just how valued small businesses are in their local community.
“Whether it’s through their friendly customer service, charity work in their local community or innovation, it gets noticed and generates loyalty and respect among customers.
“We ran the’I love my local business’ competition from October 13 toNovember 9 on ourFacebook page, encouraging consumers to describe why their favourite local business is the best in their town for a chance to win one of six $250 prizes.
“Following nominations we asked Facebook supporters to pick their favourite entry in the People’s Choice voting.
“We received 860 votes showing loyal support for their favourite local business.
“An independent judging panel decided the five winners from NSW.
“All the winners will each receive a $250 prize and their nominated business will be promoted on our Facebook page and website.”
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