NOMINATIONS for this year’s Tamworth Business Awards have closed with an overwhelming response of 1283 nominations for 285 different businesses.
Tamworth chamber chief executive Marjolyn Thomas said the nominees included a lot of new businesses and quite a few she didn’t recognise.
She said there also seemed to be a lot of recognition of customer service in different categories.
About 30 judges had been circulating anonymously around the businesses assessing different criteria for the final judging which will begin from September 6.
The awards have 28 different categories, with a large number of businesses being recognised for their hard work, great service and persistence in achieving excellence.
Weekly draws had been held over the eight week nominations period with prizes ranging from $50 vouchers at local businesses to chamber event tickets. The eight winners were Narelle McNevin, Tim Coates, Ellen Alderson, Cheryl Carpenter, Lisa Thompson, James (Shorty) Smith, Nathan Mulligan and Emily Stanger.
The 2012 Quality Business Awards will be held Friday, September 21 at the Tamworth Entertainment Centre.
Tickets are on sale from the Tamworth Business Chamber Office for $95.
Local bush poet Murray Hartin will be the MC on the night and there will be live entertainment from local band Crank and Sally Anne Whitten.
“Quite a lot of employers see this as a great opportunity for a staff night out, to show their team members how much their hard work is appreciated,” Mrs Thomas said.