THE Tumut Region Business Awards were a night to remember for the Tumut River Brewing Co, as it won the Snowy Hydro Business of the Year award and co-proprietor and managing director Tim Martin won Outstanding Business Leader.
To say these triumphs came as a surprise would be an understatement.
“As you could tell by our acceptance speeches, we weren’t expecting to win,” Brewery co-proprietor Simon Rossato said.
“It’s still sinking in. We did not expect to win anything to be honest. In previous years we have been nominated and we never got anything.”
Mr Rossato believes that the appointment of external judges contributed to the Brewery’s wins.
“It was a really good call,” he said.
“It was appropriate, because everybody knows everybody in Tumut, so we needed fresh eyes.”
The Brewery started out in 2013, but has only been running in its current guise since Easter 2018.
Mr Rossato puts success such as these awards down to simple hard yakka.
“There’s no genius strategy; it is perseverance and hard work,” he said.
He believes Mr Martin is especially deserving of the honours.
“He does all the financial juggling and dealing with beauracracy,” he said.
“The end of the month can be a pretty nerve-wracking time with bills and all. In the Business Leader award category, he was up against some pretty stiff completion in Matthew Lucas and Virginia Robinson, but he has achieved a lot and he really deserves it because he takes a lot of stress home.”
Mr Rossato is thankful to everyone who helped make winning the awards possible.
“We want to give a big thank you to everyone who contributed in any shape or form,” he said.
“There are too many to name; all those who had faith in us and gave us a chance.”