The Flagstaff Group was among 10 winners at the 2013 NSW-ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards on Saturday night.
The social enterprise, which provides employment for more than 240 people with disabilities, was presented with the Business Achievement Award at the Newcastle Leagues Club.
The annual awards are presented by PRIME7, supported by the Commonwealth Bank, and recognise those who play a vital role in enhancing the social, environmental and economic prosperity of rural NSW and the ACT.
The Business Achievement Award recognises businesses that engage with their communities through innovative practices that help regional communities to thrive.
The Flagstaff Group was recognised as a leading social enterprise operating six sustainable commercial businesses that employ more than 350 people in Wollongong and the Shoalhaven.
It was acknowledged for its staff engagement, on-the-job training and providing integrated high education learning opportunities and development to staff.
It was also recognised for having good productivity and business outcomes, while showing strong customer service and corporate citizenship.
Chief executive Roy Rogers and group sales and marketing manager Karen Burdett were in Newcastle to accept the award after attending the Illawarra Business Awards the night before.
Mr Rogers said Flagstaff was honoured to receive the award in a category with such a strong field.
“This award acknowledges the fantastic work our entire team of staff at Flagstaff does each day,’’ he said.
‘‘We are passionate about our mission of providing meaningful employment to people with a disability.
‘‘The support from our customers across regional communities who purchase our goods and services enable us to continue achieving this.
‘‘Flagstaff has strongly supported regional locations over 47 years, through our provision of services such as frozen foods to Meals on Wheels clients located within many small country communities,’’ Mr Rogers said.