After receiving two nominations in the Western Australia Regional Achievement and Community Awards and four in the Broome Business Excellence Awards, Willie Creek Pearls has taken home three wins across the two ceremonies.
Representing Broome as a finalist at the Western Australian Regional Achievement and Community Awards in late 2020, Willie Creek was nominated for the Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA and the Regional Economic Development Awards.
The awards ceremony, which took place on 3 December, saw Willie Creek Pearls recognised as the winner of the Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award.
“Northern Regional WA is a destination of choice for industry, export and business. The Rinehart Development of Northern WA Award highlights economic achievements and successes in the region. The Award pays tribute to the businesses and individuals that work hard to positively promote the economic development of Northern Regional WA. These businesses and business leaders are at the forefront of enhancing the social, economic and commercial viability of the North.” –Western Australian Regional Achievement and Community Awards.
Representing Willie Creek Pearls at the ceremony was Darren Banfield, Executive Director, Laurie Lord, General Manager - Perth, Carol McCracken, Head of Marketing & Communications, and Sarah Martin, Marketing & Communications Officer.
Carol described accepting the award as an honour for the business.
“As a Western Australian family owned and operated business, we were privileged that one of our owners Robert Banfield has spent the year working at the core of our business in Broome to ensure Willie Creek Pearls not only survived, but thrived during this year of adversity,” Carol said.
“We can’t thank Western Australians enough for visiting Willie Creek Pearl Farm.”
Willie Creek Pearls was also a finalist in four categories at the Broome Business Excellence Awards, where they took home the prize for the Business with 21+ Employees Award, and Willie Creek’s Executive Director Darren Banfield was recognised as Business Person of the Year, which he won jointly with Natasha Aristei from Broome Plumbing and Gas.
The pearling icon was also highly commended in the Customer Service Excellence Award, and Tourism Business Award.