Flannery’s named Business of the Year at Forbes Boscars

Long-standing local business Flannery’s Pharmacy has been named Forbes’ Business of the Year.

The Lachlan Street pharmacy collected a number of accolades at Friday night’s Evolution Mining Boscars, including Employer of Choice.

Debbie Prior was named Business Leader of the Year, Michelle Grace was named Employee of the Year.

Life Pharmacy was awarded the Excellence in Innovation Award (more page 11).

Pharmacist and proprietor for Flannery’s Pharmacy and Life Pharmacy Sarah Hazell was overwhelmed by the end of the evening, and paid tribute to the pharmacy’s team of staff.

“It’s our goal that the community of Forbes, when they come into Flannery’s Pharmacy, feel welcome and comfortable in the environment, and experience service with a wealth of knowledge, a friendly face and a professional service,” she said.

“It’s our wonderful team that deliver on our goals and vision each and every day and we are so proud of our achievements and what these wonderful people do.”

A wonderful team, built on a strong foundation, has been key to the pharmacy’s success.

Flannery’s has been established in the Forbes community for more than 60 years, evolving from a partnership between Ron Flannery and Joe Finn.

Ron’s son Michael continues as an owner of the business, with Mrs Hazell who joined the partnership in 2006.

“Many of you would remember Ron, we’re very grateful for the wonderful business that he started and I know Michael is just going to be absolutely thrilled by this,” Mrs Hazell said on Friday night.

Mrs Hazell congratulated her team, highlighting the leadership of Debbie Prior and the professional services of pharmacist in charge Tracey Edwards.

“I think the success of our team is that we enjoy working together, we enjoy socialising together, and we support each other,” she said.

Mrs Hazell also thanked the pharmacy’s many customers, and the organisers of the Boscars – the Forbes Business Chamber’s annual night of nights.

“What a wonderful evening, and congratulations to all the other award recipients,” Mrs Hazell said. 

Category winners

Excellence in Social Enterprise 

Sponsored by Matthews Williams Solicitors and Conveyancing

Winner Elevate Dance Studio

Kate Ralph started her dance studio just over 12 months ago, offering adults a place to enjoy dance for fitness and fun, in a no-pressure environment.

Excellence in Innovation 

Sponsored by Roylance’s Auto One

Winner Life Pharmacy

Excellence in Small Business 

Sponsored by the Business Enterprise Centre 

Winner Flannery’s Pharmacy

Excellence in Business (20 or more employees) 

Sponsored by Crowe and Howarth 

Winner Powertools Plus

Employer of Choice

Sponsored by BWR Accountants

Winner Flannery’s Pharmacy 

Apprentice or Trainee of the Year 

Sponsored by VERTO 

Winner Jessica Byrnes, HE Silos

Jessica is studying a Certificate IV in Business and working in the administration area of HE Silos. “It’s a great place to work and I have good people to work with,” she said.

Employee of the Year, sponsored by Agriwest: Michelle Grace, Flannery’s Pharmacy

Pharmacy assistant Michelle has been working with Flannery’s for more than nine years now, and loves her work. She enjoys meeting the pharmacy’s many and varied customers, and helping solve the issues they come in with.

Young Entrepreneur (age 18 to 35) 

Sponsored by The Forbes Advocate 

Winner Kristen’s Dance Studio

Highly Commended Monique Pointon, Sweet Three Vintage Van

Start Up Superstar 

Sponsored by Flannery’s Pharmacy

Winner Made of Fridays

Business Leader of the Year

Sponsored by Forbes Shire Council 

Winner Debbie Prior, Flannery’s Pharmacy

People’s Choice Tradie of the Year

Sponsored by Forbes Services Memorial Club 

Winner Anita Wesley, Forbes Vet Clinic

People’s Choice, Most Popular Business

Sponsored by Win TV: Sweet Three Vintage Van