Gallery: Tamworth celebrates in high style at Quality Business Awards

MORE than 600 members of the Tamworth business community glammed up for the annual Tamworth Business Chamber’s Quality Business Awards on Friday night.

Emcee Murry Hartin was among those to don the black tie for the occasion, thanks to Joblink Plus chief executive officer Chris Sheppeard. 

Mr Hartin forgot his suit, leaving it at home in Sydney, but thanks to Mr Sheppeard, who’s recently lost some weight and needed to buy a new tux for the occasion, there was a spare one available for Mr Hartin to borrow. This year’s awards included a number of new finalists and increased recognition for small businesses.

Chamber president Tim Coates said it was a fantastic night. 

“It was great to see so many 

people turn out to celebrate the evening, especially because it has been such a trying time for business over the past 12 to 18 months,” Mr Coates said. 

He said it was good to see such a diverse range of businesses acknowledged throughout the night. 

“It shows just how much our city and region has to offer,” he said. 

Other highlights of the night Mr Coates said were the naming of local grocer and IGA owner Carlo Cavallaro  as the winner of the Noel Park Award and Travelworld Tamworth’s Chris Watson Young Business Person of the Year.

“It was the first year the Chamber has had the Young Business Person of the Year Award and Chris was a well deserved winner,” Mr Coates said. 

“It was good to see Carlo recognised for his contribution too, and for people who might see him but not know him or his story to find out where he has come from.”

Tamworth Business Chamber 2012 Quality Business Award winners

Excellence in Innovation – Baiada 

Excellence in Small Business Growth – 360 Fitness Club

Excellence in Export Award – Andromeda

Excellence in Community Involvement/Service – Easter’s Landscape Supplies

Excellence in Environmental Commitment – Tamworth Fodder Farms

Excellence in Accommodation – Best Western Sanctuary Inn

Excellence in Cafe Culture/Convenience Food – The Old Bell Tower

Excellence in Employment, Education and Training – Australian Training and Consulting

Excellence in Health and Wellbeing – Rural Fit

Excellence in Hair and/or Beauty – Plush Hair Design

Excellence in Manufacturing/Construction – Redimix Concrete 

Excellence in Motor Transport Sales/Service (large) – Nymans Smash Repairs

Excellence in Motor Transport Sales/Service (small) – Bob Jane T-Mart

Excellence in Professional Services (small) – ImagineMORE

Excellence in Professional Services (large) – Forsyths

Defence Reserves Support Award – Dynamic Fire

Outstanding Pub/Club/Licensed Premises – DAG Sheep Station

Outstanding Restaurant – The Workshop Cafe

Excellence in Retail (small) – Xtreme Cycles

Excellence in Retail (large) – Choices Flooring, Tamworth

Excellence in Rural Industry – Tamworth Fodder Farm

Excellence in Service and Trade – Fiona’s Mini Bus Rentals

Excellence in Media and Entertainment – Capitol Theatre Tamworth

Excellence in Tourism and Sport – Strike 

Tamworth Business Chamber Regional Business of the Year – Baiada 

Tamworth Business Chamber Small/Medium Business of the Year – Strike

Tamworth Business Chamber Large Business of the Year – Nymans Smash Repairs

Noel Park Award – Carlo Cavallaro

Young Business Person of the Year – Chris Watson

Lisa Bridge, Kara Neaylon, Renae Jan and Alicia Griffiths at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Lisa Bridge, Kara Neaylon, Renae Jan and Alicia Griffiths at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Sami and Kevin Rigby enjoy the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Sami and Kevin Rigby enjoy the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

John and Liz O'Brien with Charles Nott from Clover Car Wash at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

John and Liz O'Brien with Charles Nott from Clover Car Wash at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Renae Galea, Hayley Dunst and Alitia Upchurch from the Telstra Tamworth Business Centre and Karly Davidson from Edwards O'Conner Chartered Accountants at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Renae Galea, Hayley Dunst and Alitia Upchurch from the Telstra Tamworth Business Centre and Karly Davidson from Edwards O'Conner Chartered Accountants at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Taylah Oliver, Sophie O'Neill of Tamworth Remedial Massage and Jessica Campbell of Jess and James Hair and Makeup at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Taylah Oliver, Sophie O'Neill of Tamworth Remedial Massage and Jessica Campbell of Jess and James Hair and Makeup at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Pat Foley, Shaun O'Sullivan of Australian Training and Consulting and Noel Park Award winner Carlo Cavallaro at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Pat Foley, Shaun O'Sullivan of Australian Training and Consulting and Noel Park Award winner Carlo Cavallaro at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Joblink Plus CEO Chris Sheppeard, TRC GM Paul Bennett and mayor Col Murray at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Joblink Plus CEO Chris Sheppeard, TRC GM Paul Bennett and mayor Col Murray at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Choices Flooring Tamworth took out the Excellence in Retail (large) award/ Pictured from left is Dave Russell, Corey Walmsley from Corey's Catering, Joanne Russell and Shane Chillingworth accepting the award at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Choices Flooring Tamworth took out the Excellence in Retail (large) award/ Pictured from left is Dave Russell, Corey Walmsley from Corey's Catering, Joanne Russell and Shane Chillingworth accepting the award at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Winner of the Noel Park Award, Carlo Cavallaro and his daughter Martinique pictured at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Winner of the Noel Park Award, Carlo Cavallaro and his daughter Martinique pictured at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

360's Fitness Club won the award for Excellence in Small Business Growth with owners Dwone Jones and Jay Lynch accepting the award at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

360's Fitness Club won the award for Excellence in Small Business Growth with owners Dwone Jones and Jay Lynch accepting the award at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Mary Ryan, Daine Cooper from The Powerhouse with The Leader's Kylie Ticehurst at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Mary Ryan, Daine Cooper from The Powerhouse with The Leader's Kylie Ticehurst at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Andromeda Industries Ray McLaren at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Andromeda Industries Ray McLaren at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Winners of Excellence in Community Involvement/Service Easters Landscape, Trevor Whitney and Janene at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Winners of Excellence in Community Involvement/Service Easters Landscape, Trevor Whitney and Janene at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Ian Coxhead from Tamworth Fodder Farms with the award for Excellence in Environmental Commitment at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Ian Coxhead from Tamworth Fodder Farms with the award for Excellence in Environmental Commitment at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Bill Page from The Best Western Sanctuary Inn, winner of the Excellence in Accommodation award, and David George of Qantaslink at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Bill Page from The Best Western Sanctuary Inn, winner of the Excellence in Accommodation award, and David George of Qantaslink at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

The Old Bell Tower's Lou Haslam wins the award for Excellence in Cafe Culture at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

The Old Bell Tower's Lou Haslam wins the award for Excellence in Cafe Culture at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

ATAC's Shaun O'Sullivan accepts the award for Excellence in Employment, Education and Training at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

ATAC's Shaun O'Sullivan accepts the award for Excellence in Employment, Education and Training at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Ruralfit's Andrew Mahony accepts the award for Excellence in Health and Wellbeing at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Ruralfit's Andrew Mahony accepts the award for Excellence in Health and Wellbeing at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Debbie Woods from Plush Hair Design which won the Excellence in Hair and Beauty award at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Debbie Woods from Plush Hair Design which won the Excellence in Hair and Beauty award at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

James McDonald from Redimix Concrete with the business award for Excellence in Manufacturing and Construction at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

James McDonald from Redimix Concrete with the business award for Excellence in Manufacturing and Construction at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

The Capitol Theatre's Peter Ross receives the award for Excellence in Media and Entertainment at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

The Capitol Theatre's Peter Ross receives the award for Excellence in Media and Entertainment at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Ken Brady from Bob Jane T-Mart in Tamworth with the business award for Motor Transport Sales and Service (small) at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Ken Brady from Bob Jane T-Mart in Tamworth with the business award for Motor Transport Sales and Service (small) at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

James Wallace from Nymans Smash Repairs took out the Excellence in Motor Transport Sales/Service (large) at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

James Wallace from Nymans Smash Repairs took out the Excellence in Motor Transport Sales/Service (large) at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Deb Maes from ImagineMORE receives her award for Excellence in Professional Services (small) at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Deb Maes from ImagineMORE receives her award for Excellence in Professional Services (small) at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

James Roger from Forsyths won the Excellence in Professional Services award at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

James Roger from Forsyths won the Excellence in Professional Services award at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Wayne Koppel from Dynamic Fire, holds his award for Defence Reserves Support at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Wayne Koppel from Dynamic Fire, holds his award for Defence Reserves Support at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

John Krsulja from the Dag Sheep Station which was an award winner at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

John Krsulja from the Dag Sheep Station which was an award winner at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Xtreme Cycles won the Excellence in Retail (small) award at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Xtreme Cycles won the Excellence in Retail (small) award at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Ian and Liz Coxhead, from Tamworth Farm Fodder won the Excellence in Rural Industry award at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Ian and Liz Coxhead, from Tamworth Farm Fodder won the Excellence in Rural Industry award at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Strike's Chris Shepard at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Strike's Chris Shepard at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Murat Winter from Baiada accepts the award for Tamworth Business Chamber Regional Business of the Year at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel

Murat Winter from Baiada accepts the award for Tamworth Business Chamber Regional Business of the Year at the Quality Business Awards held at TRECC on Friday night. Photo: Robert Chappel