Famed Sky News commentator Paul Murray will light up the Quality Business Awards in August after the colourful media identity was announced as the special guest for the big night.
The award winning political pundit is no stranger to Tamworth, previously hosting a debate between Tony Windsor and Barnaby Joyce in 2016, broadcasting from the 2017 Country Music Festival, as well as being on the ground for last year’s federal byelection.
“I am excited to be coming to Tamworth again, and excited that it is not about politics this time,” he said.
“Tamworth is the perfect example of regional Australia where some new businesses are re-inventing old businesses and doing really well, while others are struggling a bit, especially at the moment.
“I genuinely admire all the nominees that have put their life into these businesses – even if they don’t pick up a trophy this is a night for them to puff their chests out, have some fun and celebrate with pride – it’s a really prideful night.”
While the award winning journalist has already been told to “keep the swearing to a minimum”, he is promising to “pump up” the gala event up with his own personal brand of entertainment.
“I really just want to make it a good night, make sure everyone has some fun, and pump the joint up a bit.”
“I can’t promise a magic act or to pull a rabbit out of a hat, but we can have a bit of fun, a bit of showbiz, or just straight up and down, depending on what the crowd wants.”
The business and political commentator went on to praise the local community and Chamber for recording over 500 individual business nominations, particularly with the drought impacting almost everyone.
“It can seem obvious but sometimes that support is the best thing the community can do – it can boost confidence and moral to know that a customer has gone out of their way to put you or your business forward,” he said.
“That kind of thing is not happening in all regional centres like it is in Tamworth, I am really looking forward to getting back there and having a great night.”
Tickets for the August 10 event are available from the Business Chamber, with over half of the 800 available already gone.
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