Silver Salon won the overall Best in Business Award.
Silver Salon won the overall Best in Business Award.

VIDEO, PHOTOS: Best in Business winners 2015

Silver Salon wins Best in Business award: Silver Salon owner Rex silver speaks to The Observer after winning the Best in Business award.
Silver Salon wins Best in Business award: Silver Salon owner Rex silver speaks to The Observer after winning the Best in Business award.

Update 1pm:

Here is the full list of winners from last night's Best in Business awards:

Tourism:

Accommodation:
Xenia Central Studios
Resort:
Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa
Restaurants:
Rocksalt Restaurant and Bar
Best café:
Mt Larcom Café and Collectables
Tourism attractions:
1770 LARC tours
Travel:
Qantaslink

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Business:
 

Health services:
Gladstone Hands on Physio Therapy
Beauty services:
Silver Salon
Trades and Services
Electroco
Fashion, jewellery and accessories:
Limestone Clothing
Finance and Banking:
Mortgage Choice
Fishing and outdoors:
Compleat Angler
Fitness:
WM Fitness
Home furnishing and decor:
CandeLIKE
Industry - Manufacturing and fabrication:
Boyne Smelters Ltd
Not for profit - community:
Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours
Not for profit - clubs:
QRI
Professional services:
Fanelli Dental Complete Family Care
Pubs and hotels:
Young Aus Hotel
Realestate:
Elders Real Estate
Bikes:
Harbour City Motor Cycles
Vehicle Sales and Electrics:
Gladstone Nissan/Hyundai
Retail:
Star Liquor Gladstone
Business under two years:
Silver Salon
Young business person/manager under 35:
Kellie Grother
Best individual service:
Rex Silver
Best in business:
Silver Salon

Update 9.45pm:

Silver Salons has won the overall Best in Business Award for 2015.

The hair salon opened 17 months ago and this has been their first year nominated for the awards.

Owner Rex Silver said he was feeling "absolutely elated".

Update 8.00pm:

The best businesses in the tourism industry have been announced at tonight's Best in Business Awards.

Here are the winners so far:

Tourism:

Winner: Xenia Central Studios

Resort:

Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa

Restaurants:

Rocksalt Restaurant and Bar

Best café

Mt Larcom Café and Collectables

Tourism attractions:

1770 larc tours

Earlier:

THE winners of the 2015 Best in Business Awards will be announced at tonight's gala event.

This year saw a dramatic increase in participation in the Observer Westpac Best in Business awards with more than 2,800 nomination forms returned, and 556 nominees.

With 27 categories to choose from including the introduction of the GAPDL tourism categories of accommodation, resorts, cafes, restaurants, tourism attractions and travel, the 2015 Observer Westpac Best in Business awards is set to be the best yet.

>> FULL LIST: Best in Business award nominees

Take a look at some photos from last year's event: