BUSINESSES across the region have celebrated the inaugural New England North West NSW Business Chamber awards in Tamworth.
The awards involved business finalists from Armidale, Glen Innes, Gunnedah, Guyra, Inverell, Tenterfield, Moree, Narrabri, Quirindi, Tamworth and Walcha.
Tamworth Business Chamber won the Local Chamber of Commerce Award, Tamex Tamworth won Excellence in Sustainability, the winner of the Business Leader Award was Michelle Simpson of Tamworth Community College and Everingham Solomons tied with Sole Taxation in Guyra for the Business Ethics Award.
Ms Simpson was very proud of the accolade.
“This award demonstrates that a rural-based, not-for-profit community organisation can adopt the principles of best practice in business and successfully develop a sustainable business model and a working environment steeped in harmony, respect and productivity,” she said.
Rural Fit’s Andrew Mahony from Tamworth won the Young Entrepreneur Award and his business won the Small Business Award.
Armidale businesses didn’t miss out with the Excellence in Export Award going to ICT International Armidale and the Employer of Choice Award going to The Ascent Group from Armidale.
Quirindi’s Manuka Chaff won the Innovation Excellence Award and Young Business Executive of the Year was Courtney Pay from the Inverell Telstra shop.
Ms Pay was thankful to win.
“Winning this award is a humbling experience. It is the greatest uplift for my team and we are absolutely thrilled. My team and I go to great lengths to please our clients and I am thankful for each one of them,” Ms Pay said.
The gala dinner and awards presentation was held at the Tamworth Jockey Club on Friday.
New England North West NSW Business Chamber regional manager Kellon Beard said the awards night was a celebration of business success with a large number of entries from across the region.
“The gala award dinner showcased the success stories of our members and helps to strengthen business in NSW through the sharing of success stories and lessons learned from our finalists and winners,” Mr Beard said.
“More than 140 people attended, including representatives from a number of the local chambers from across the region.”
Winners from the New England North West regional awards are now finalists at the NSW Business Chamber State Awards to be held at Australian Technology Park in Sydney on Wednesday, October 29.