CASTLE Hill hairdresser Annette Mears said she was "rapped" to learn she was voted Business Person of the Year.
Ms Mears publicly thanked and attributed the success of her business, Annette's Family Hair and Beauty in Castle Hill, and business achievements to her sister Joanne Gavin and her "loyal" clients for their continuous support — some over 22 years.
Ms Mears also thanked her staff and family "for being fantastic and for all their support".
Since receiving the award Ms Mears said she has received respect from multiple business owners and appreciates being acknowledged for her work.
Ms Mears started the business from her garage in Castle Hill 22 years ago with one apprentice by her side.
She now manages a staff of 15.
She said she believes the secret to a successful business is: "Treat your staff well, always look for new ways to improve and look after your customers while always monitoring and measuring all aspects of the business".
Ms Mears said she will "continue to grow and expand and always look out for new techniques."