For the second year in a row tickets have sold out to the Quality Business awards more than one week out from the “biggest business gala event of the year.”
Last year the awards were overhauled by the Tamworth Business Chamber, who made the nomination and judging system more independent and transparent than previously, as well as jazzing up the awards night, with the move paying major dividends.
Chamber executive Jill Stewart said the TBC was overwhelmed and humbled by the response to the awards this year, particularly in the current economic climate caused by the drought.
“When we set out to beat last year’s record attendance of 800 tickets we knew it would be tough, but we have actually managed to exceed it,” she said.
“The drought is having a devastating effect on our farmers, and a flow on effect to our local business community. The support and community spirit that we have witnessed, is simply incredible!”
“Without business, there isn’t a community and without a community, there isn’t business success…It is definitely a two way street.”
This year’s awards also received a record number of nominations with over 500 businesses recognised, and over 200 named as finalists.
Sky New personality Paul Murray will be the special guest on the night, which is being held next Friday August 10 at the TRECC.
Another first for this year will be The Northern Daily Leader People’s Choice Award.
Polls closed at 5pm on Wednesday, with a clear winner taking almost 15 per cent of the more than 2000 votes.
The inaugural People’s Choice Award will be named on the night.
“We encourage everyone attending to take the time to celebrate business excellence at the awards. Then let’s all take stock and keep moving forward together,” Mrs Stewart said.