Illawarra and South Coast Local Business Awards 2014 winners: photos

Skin Correctives was named Business of the Year at Wednesday night's 2014 Illawarra and South Coast Local Business Awards.

The Shellharbour and Wollongong business that combines traditional beauty therapies and skin treatments with innovative paramedical skin technologies won the beauty services category before winning the big one at the awards held at Dapto Leagues Club.

Business owner Karen Meiring de González arrived in Australia only 3½ years ago and her two salons and staff numbers have grown quickly.

The first opened in Cygnet Avenue, Shellharbour and the second in Corrimal Street, Wollongong, 18 months later.

"I am absolutely shocked we won the gold award," Mrs Meiring de González said.

Genell Ross, Karen Meiring de González and Zoe Goodwin at Skin Correctives in Shellharbour. Picture: GREG ELLIS

Genell Ross, Karen Meiring de González and Zoe Goodwin at Skin Correctives in Shellharbour. Picture: GREG ELLIS

"I am particularly pleased for my staff of seven. It is great recognition for all the effort and hard work they have put in.

"They are not just beauty therapists and it is important they understand how much they are valued and the work they have put in has been recognised. They make this business.

"They work behind the scenes very hard and do a lot outside work as well. This will be a great boost for them."

Mrs Meiring de González said all her employees always went to the local business awards and treated it as a celebration of a year of hard work regardless of the result.

"We consider these awards as an endorsement as leaders in our field," she said.

"We are thrilled, honoured and grateful. We will now focus on our next event, which is Care & Share for Autism. We have been awarded and now it is our time to give back."

Other category winners were: Switched On Mechanical, Delaney's Cakes, Black Rock Cafe, Seascape Early Learning Centre, Wollongong First Aid, Astor Cafe, Moss Vale Charcoal Chicken, Woonona Bulli Fitness Centre, Woonona Florist, Craig Cook's Prime Quality Meats at Stockland Shellharbour, Bulli Fruit & Deli, Transpire Hair, Shellharbour City Dental at Stockland Shellharbour, Michael Hill Jewellers at Stockland Shellharbour, Lowes Menswear in Dapto, Cakers Warehouse, Russell Vale Animal Clinic, Terry White Chemist at Stockland Shellharbour, Greater Building Society Dapto, McGrath Kiama, Fabrice Woodfire Bar & Restaurant, Mincove Homes, Essentric, Quirky Cow Gifts, Millers at Stockland Shellharbour, Harcourts Dapto and Coolgardie Children's Centre.