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Toronto Private Awarded 'Outstanding Employer of Choice' at the 2019 Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards

LAKES MAIL - Two Westlakes businesses were among the 14 category winners at the 2019 Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards announced on Friday night.

Belmont 16s was the venue for the annual presentation of awards which recognise top performers across the city's business community.

Toronto Private Hospital was named Outstanding Employer of Choice.

And Evergreen Energy Consultants, of Wangi Wangi, took out the Excellence in Micro Business category.

Toronto Private Hospital regional marketing manager Rebecca Brennan said as the employer of more than 200 locals, the hospital was proud to win.

"Employees at our hospital are provided with a range of benefits including above-award rates of pay, flexible working hours, free onsite staff parking, generous education and training allowances, free access to physiotherapy and psychology services when required, subsidised staff massages, access to the fitness passport 'Love your Work' employee-of-the-month program, and generous paid maternity leave in addition to the government payments, and much more," she said.

The creed 'People first, people always' was the hospital's top priority, and the staff responded positively to it, she said.

"We employ a wide range of occupations including nurses and doctors, psychologists and physiotherapists, cleaners and cooks, gardeners, bus drivers and admin staff.

"We achieve a healthy workplace culture and low staff turnover through rewarding our high achievers, supporting and encouraging staff to reach their full potential, providing flexible working conditions and, the list goes on..."

Ms Brennan said the hospital thanked every staff member for doing their bit "to make Toronto Private the centre of excellence that it is".

Deputy mayor David Belcher said all 14 winners were worthy of recognition and praise.

"A closer look at the recipients of this year's awards provides an insight into the diversity of corporate talent and potential in Lake Macquarie," Cr Belcher said.

"They demonstrate what is possible with hard work, creative ideas, passion and persistence. They showcase our city's growing reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the state's regional business community."

Lake Macquarie City Council CEO Morven Cameron said businesses made significant contributions to the city.

"These companies, and the thousands of other small and large businesses that call Lake Macquarie home, make a huge contribution to the lifestyle and wellbeing we enjoy in our city by creating employment and driving our economy," Ms Cameron said.

Winners of all but two categories progress to next month's Hunter Business Awards, with success there leading to the NSW Business Awards in November.

The 2019 Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards are supported by Dantia, Service NSW and media partners The Newcastle Herald and NEWFM and 2HD. More at: