TAMWORTH’S best in the business were honoured in style last night at the 31st Tamworth Business Chamber Quality Business Awards.
More than 700 guests frocked up and partied down at the Tamworth regional entertainment centre for the local business community’s marquee event of the year.
A swag of businesses were awarded across 28 categories, while five categories were reserved for contributions by individuals.
Business chamber president Tim Coates said the awards offered local firms a valuable benchmarking and marketing opportunity.
“It’s a good yardstick, and there is a lot of prestige associated with the awards,” Mr Coates said.
“You only have to walk up and down the main street to see businesses displaying their nominations and awards.
“It’s also one of those nights where business owners can frock up and thank their staff for a job well done.”
The black-tie event has doubled in size over the past six years and grown to become one of the state’s most popular business award ceremonies.
Perhaps the most coveted award of the night was the business leader of the year gong, claimed by Barry Harley from Rural Press.
The business ethics award was claimed by Eversols solicitor John Boag, while the young entrepreneur prize went to Rural Fit’s Andrew Mahony.
While the individual trophies are judged by the chamber board, the business categories are determined by “secret shopper” judges, who visit businesses nominated by residents.
2013 Quality Business Awards honour roll
Excellence in accommodation: McNevins Tamworth Motel
Excellence in cafe culture and convenience food: Subway Tamworth
Excellence in community involvement and services: Goodwin Kenny
Excellence in education: Calrossy Anglican School
Excellence in employment and training: Tamworth Community College
Excellence in sustainability: Baiada Poultry
Excellence in small business: Rural Fit
Excellence in fitness and wellbeing: Mind Over Matter Fitness
Excellence in hair and beauty: Simply Shine
Excellence in medical and allied health: Marius Street Small Animal Vet Clinic
Excellence in innovation: Paradise Fresh
Excellence in manufacturing and construction: Easter’s Landscape Supplies
Excellence in media and entertainment: Mosaic Productions
Excellence in motor transport sales and service – small: Tamworth Valley Motors
Excellence in motor transport sales and service – large: Nymans Smash Repairs
Excellence in professional services – small: Sixhills Group
Excellence in professional services – large: Telstra Business Centre
Outstanding pub/club or licensed venue: The Longyard Hotel
Outstanding restaurant of catering organisation: Ritz Cosmopolitan Cafe
Excellence in retail – small: Tamworth Outdoors and Camping World
Excellence in retail – large: Penrose Prime Meats
Excellence in rural industry: Glenwarrie Partnership
Excellence in services and trade: A1 Hire
Excellence in tourism and sport: Tamworth Regional Council
Excellence in internet and home-based businesses: Glamour Empire
Employer of choice: Forsyths Tamworth
Excellence in workplace health and safety: Tamworth Real Estate
Defence Reserves-supportive employer: Laser Plumbing
Regional business of the year – SME: Rural Fit
Regional business of the year – large: Forsyths Tamworth
Excellence in business ethics: John Boag
Young business entrepreneur: Andrew Mahony
Business leader: Barry Harley