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The team at Berwick Auto Electrics and Mechanical is the proud recipient of three prestigious Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) industry awards.

Business owner Paul Beck picked up awards in categories including Best Mechanical (Light Vehicle – Metro – Small Business) and Best Auto Electrical (Small Business), while his wife Anne collected an award for Best Unsung Hero.

Hosted at Crown’s Palladium on Saturday 23 June, the awards in 35 categories were contested by elite businesses across Victoria.

A record number of applications were received for this year’s awards. All applicants were assessed by a panel of judges, whose decisions were audited by an independent standards representative. Customer service, training, occupational health and safety, environmental compliance and more were assessed.

“I’m really humbled and ecstatic,” Paul said.

“Especially as it was against such esteemed opposition. And to win an industry award that’s run by the industry for the industry and to be recognised by your peers is really great.

“I’m in shock, but it’s great to be recognised for all the hard work and the blood sweat and tears that we’ve put into the business … so I’m very, very happy and elated.

“I had a meeting with my staff (afterwards) and said, ‘look I’m only a small (part of this) and it’s a team effort,’ so It’s their award too.”

Paul was also delighted to see his wife Anne take home an award for a new category to the VACC awards; Best Unsung Hero.

“I nominated Anne for Best Unsung Hero – she didn’t know I entered her,” Paul admitted.

“I had to write the CV for her – a lot of that was to do with community, which Anne is big on, and how she has brought up a family and juggled a small business. We have a child with special needs and she’s 15 now, but earlier on she was very sick. But Anne stuck to her guns and kept paying the bills and kept the administration going. I was just stoked for her to get some recognition.”

Berwick Auto Electrics and Mechanical was established in 1978 and has been providing the community with a one-stop shop for all its car needs for almost four decades.

The business offers an extensive range of services including mechanical repairs, auto electrical work, high performance GPS tracking systems, roadworthy vehicle testing, VicRoads child restraint fitting, guardian alcohol interlock installation and service, LPG installation tuning and repair, RACV purchase inspections, air conditioning service and installation as well as caravan, horse float and trailer service and repairs.

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