Top team behind Business of the Year

Published 2:00pm 24 October 2022

Top team behind Business of the Year
Words by Kylie Knight

Sesame Lane Care and Kindergarten team’s valued contribution to the lives of children and to the business’s success were front and centre at the 2022 Moreton Bay Business Excellence and Innovation Awards where it was named Business of the Year.

The business, which has been providing care and early childhood education in the Moreton Bay Region for more than 33 years, took out the top gong after sharing the honours in the Moreton Daily Customer Service Excellence category with North Lakes and Surrounds Electrical.

The 2022 Moreton Bay Business and Innovation Awards were presented by Moreton Bay Regional Council and delivered by Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism (MBRIT).

There were 68 finalists and the winners were decided by a panel of 44 judges from a mix of public and private sector organisations from across South East Queensland. 

See the full list of winners and photo gallery here 

In accepting the award, founder and owner Hilton Misso said his current team was the best he’d work with in six decades in business.

|“That is said with authenticity and from the heart. I have been truly been blessed. They say if you’re blessed with good people and you have a great vision (you’ll succeed),” Hilton said.|

“It took me a while to work out why we’re in childcare … the early learning between the ages of 0-6 is the period of a human’s life where you can have the greatest impact. To have the privilege of having a business in that area is wonderful. To be a teacher, an educator is the most noble industry one can be in.

“We call our group Think2Be and the strapline for Think2Be is think to be anything you want to be. It’s about what you believe you’re capable of doing.

“That’s one of the reasons we sponsor the Entrepreneur of the Year Award because I think the future lays in the hands of the entrepreneurs, the private entrepreneurs because that’s where the cutting-edge new innovation come from.”

Top team behind Business of the Year

Team effort

Head of Sesame Lane Kerri Smith thanked her team for all their hard work.

“Without these guys, Sesame Lane would not be as great as we are. Thank you so much also to Hilton and Lynda (Misso). I’ve had two great mentors in my life and one of them is Hilton. He believes in me always,” she said.

Sesame Lane employs almost 400 educators, teachers and staff and cares for more than 2000 children from more than 1700 families at its 14 centres.

Mr Misso believes the people at Sesame Lane make the difference. His management team handpicks staff for their positive attitude, caring disposition and passion for supporting young children to thrive.

Sesame Lane also financially supports staff with ongoing professional development to ensure they continue to deliver quality learning outcomes for the children in their care.

See the full list of winners and photo gallery here

Entries for the 2023 Moreton Bay Business and Innovation Awards are now open. Click here to find out more.

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