RUNNER-UP: The Royal Hotel’s Murray Benton accepts the award from The Gympie Time’s Tracey McKean.
RUNNER-UP: The Royal Hotel’s Murray Benton accepts the award from The Gympie Time’s Tracey McKean. Craig Warhurst

Business award finalists get the nod

Runner up


AFTER a million-dollar renovation in 2007, the Royal Hotel was restored and reopened for business. The business continues to grow thanks to fantastic staff.

Patrons can enjoy a delicious meal in the a-la-carte and steakhouse restaurant, relax in the lounge bar or dance the night away in Roscos bar, where regular live entertainment and DJs play Friday and Saturday nights. The hotel has 11 modern hotel rooms, which maintain about 80% occupancy.

The hotel is continually providing training for staff from Club Training Australia, to keep improving customer service skills and stay on top of any legislation changes and amendments.

The Royal Hotel worked in conjunction with the Gympie Muster Committee in the return of the Pre Muster Party this year to deliver a successful day of entertainment.

The hotel also takes on work experience students from schools and TAFE, and have several employees completing traineeships and apprenticeships on staff.

The Royal Hotel is the first in Gympie to offer a breastfeeding area with free, no obligation, tea and coffee for breastfeeding and feeding parents.



THE GJ Gardner Homes Gympie franchise is a residential new home builder.

The business was taken over by Wojtek Stainwald in 2009 with three employees and one house on the books. The business has grown to six full-time and two part-time staff and has successfully constructed 112 quality homes in the Gympie region.

By hard work and satisfying client requests, an average of 14 houses are under construction at any one time.

In 2012 GJ Gardner Homes Gympie received the Queensland Best Display Award, and in 2013 the Best Construction Team in the prestigious Queensland Awards.

Future plans include a new display home to showcase the attention to detail and affordability of the product. The current design centre is also being revamped to make the colour selection process even more enjoyable.

GJ Gardner Homes is an important player in the local community, seeking to use local suppliers and contractors wherever possible and economically, investing much annually through materials and labour.



INNOVATIONS Hair & Beauty aims to deliver high quality hair, skin, nail and body services to clients beyond their expectations in a relaxed and caring environment

Principals Alan and Leah Forman started Innovations Hair & Beauty in 1985.

The salon has always focused on outstanding service, style, workmanship and presentation, and has achieved numerous accolades including Queensland and Australian Championship awards.

The business has also won the Salon of the Year Award three times consecutively at the Central Queensland Hair Awards and has been involved with Australian and New Zealand fashion weeks since 2009.

The salon also boasts a leading Indio Beauty salons, which is supervised by Leah Forman and her team of therapists and make-up artists with more than 30 years of experience.

Innovations Hair & Beauty salon owes its success to professional staff and loyal clients and will continue its professional excellence.



ROADCRAFT aims to prevent road trauma by providing effective road safety education to road users of all ages.

Established in 1979 by Rotary and the community in response to the number of deaths and serious injuries caused on the roads, more than 30 years on, the organisation is still using education as a key element in the aim to reduce road trauma.

Roadcraft runs courses at its purpose-built driver training facility on the southern outskirts of Gympie

Roadcraft have invested heavily in new staff and provided support for all staff to gain accredited qualifications and become industry authorities.

Roadcraft has supported numerous other community organisations and high schools by way of donations of gift certificates for raffle prizes, auctioning or speech night awards.

Roadcraft sponsored study tours of similar organisations in Europe and the USA where those involved were able to identify and learn training techniques that represent best practice on a global scale. These techniques were then replicated locally.



THE United Group aims to make a difference to the lives of its clients, partners and community by providing exemplary services that exceed expectations.

CEO and managing director Gene Farrelly established United in 2011 and it now has 14 employees.

The United Group has an effective range of integrated business divisions that includes a licensed real estate agency (sales and property management), a finance brokerage, project management section, development and marketing department, qualified draftsman and licensed builder.

United is passionate about providing property investment solutions and delivering high levels of service.

United is looking at expanding the main office in Duke St to accommodate business growth.

As a project manager, Mr Farrelly is committed to working with private, corporate and government parties for win-win outcomes.