Bundaberg East Bridgestone Service Centre has pipped almost 50 other centres and taken out Queensland Store of the Year for the second time.
Owners Steven and Georgia Bennier were surprised by the win, saying it's an honour to be recognised for all their hard work and dedication over the years.
“We are proud to be running a successful local business and to get the recognition shows we are doing things right,” Georgia said.
“We were very surprised and proud to be named the winner again.
“We don’t go out of our way to win awards or accolades, however it is nice to get the recognition for the work we do.”
The first time the couple won Bridgestone Service Centre Queensland Store of the Year was in 2017 after just one year of operation.
Georgia said she and Steven both grew up in the Bundaberg Region and Steven was an old hand when it came to tyres, after he started work at the age of 18 alongside his father who managed Queensland Tyres, which was in the same East Bundaberg building they now work from.
“Then Steve ended up managing Boral Tyres when it occupied the same building,” she said.
“We moved to the Sunshine Coast for 10 years where Steve managed a Bridgestone company store in Hendra, Brisbane.”
They then returned to the Bundaberg Region to start a family in 2008, and Steve started his own mobile tyre service working seven days a week for the next eight years before a new business opportunity came up.
“When Bridgestone came up for sale it was an instant thought ‘we need to buy that business’”, Georgia said.
“Steve thought why not finish where he started – as a well-known and respected person in the industry we were able to grow this business into the success it is today.”
Bridgestone Centre focuses on community
The small business, with five local employees, was up against the 49 other Bridgestone Service Centres in Queensland for the annual award and were chuffed to win it for the second time.
Georgia said after winning the award Bundaberg East Bridgestone Service Centre planned to keep doing what it had always done and that was providing great service to their customers.
“We plan on keeping up to what we have been doing, providing Bundaberg locals and businesses, expert advice and quality service from a trusted local business,” she said.
“We unfortunately lost a large account a couple of years ago, due to another tender winning, however we have managed to pick up more local business and hoping to pick that account back up in the near future to offer them the service and expertise we have here.
“We are proud to be in a position to sponsor several areas of the AFL here in Bundaberg. We are inaugural sponsors of the Kookaburras in the Junior AFL and have been a sponsor of the Wide Bay AFL for a few years now.”
As a local business Bundaberg East Bridgestone Service Centre has proudly been involved in several fundraisers around the Bundaberg Region including drought relief and were heavily involved in raising much-needed money and support for a local family with their 11-year-old daughter who is sick in hospital.
“We also sponsor a local Bundaberg bowling league team and have had the great fortune to be involved in a few other sponsorship opportunities over the years,” Georgia said.
“Wherever we can use our profile to help, we will do our best!”
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