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People's Choice at 2018 Quality Business Awards

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For Immediate Release 


People’s Choice at 2018 Quality Business Awards 

Tamworth Business Chamber’s 2018 Quality Business Awards is on track to surpass all previous records with the introduction of a “People’s Choice Award” announced at the official launch of the Awards tonight.

Tamworth Business Chamber President Jye Segboer said the focus of the 2018 Quality Business Awards is to build on the solid foundation set at last year’s SOLD OUT event and encourage greater participation and business recognition. 

“This year for the first time we will be introducing a “People’s Choice” Award. This Award is designed to encourage greater interaction from the business community. The Award is designed to create a high level of excitement, boost community spirit and celebrate business excellence in the region.” 

Tamworth Regional Council General Manager Paul Bennett welcomed the new Award category and commended the Chamber on the high calibre and success of last year’s event. Now in the second year of a three year partnership with the Quality Business Awards, Mr Bennett said Council’s involvement was a natural fit towards continued economic growth and development within the Tamworth region. 

“Our ongoing support of the Chamber is due to the great work it does to ensure local businesses have a support network that allows them to remain vibrant and dynamic. Council believes the Awards also provide support to our retail sector which in turn plays an important role in the Region’s economy by preventing the leakage of money out of the area.” 

The 2018 Quality Business Awards publicly recognises business excellence. Entering the Awards offers businesses a chance to build their profile and brand awareness as well as motivate staff, improve relationships with customers and suppliers and strengthen their position in the business community. 

Tamworth Business Chamber unveiled the 2018 Quality Business Awards at the official launch at the Tamworth Regional Gallery tonight, again promising greater transparency in the judging process, fresh marketing approaches and finalists announcement prior to the Awards. 

The Chamber also announced the introduction of a “Tamworth Business Summit” to be delivered by Joblink Plus.

“We encourage all local businesses, large or small to participate in the Quality Business Awards this year. 

The Awards highlight excellence and leadership in business in our great Tamworth region and we can’t wait to celebrate this!” says Jye Segboer. 

The region’s business gala event, the 2018 Quality Business Awards, will be held on Friday 10th August 2018, 6.30pm at TRECC. 

Nominations open on Friday 11th May to all businesses in the Tamworth region including Manilla, Barraba and Nundle. 

Nomination forms are available online and in businesses throughout the region. 

For more information and to book tickets to the Awards visit www.tamworth.org.au or contact the Tamworth Business Chamber on 02 6766 4810. 

"Inspired Business Leaders" with Newcastle Knights

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Chamber launches “Inspired Business Leader Series” with Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown
Friday 20 April, 5.45pm, Wests Leagues Club, Tamworth

Tickets to the first “Inspired Business Leader Series” event in Tamworth are now on sale, with a major event featuring the Newcastle Knights to commence this new leadership series.

Presented by the NSW Minerals Council, a sponsor of the Tamworth Business Chamber, business and community leaders will hear from guest speakers including Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown, at a special event to welcome the NRL team to the region ahead of their game against Wests Tigers.

The Northern region is home to a growing mining and services industry, which contributed more than $310 million in direct spending in 2015-16 including $111 million in wages paid and $186 million spent with local businesses.

The Newcastle Knights will wear their replica hi-vis mining jersey at the match at Scully Park in recognition of the region’s mining families and the contribution they make to the community.

“Mining is making an increasingly important contribution to the local economy and we’re excited to help welcome the Knights to Tamworth to celebrate the good things mining brings to the community,” said NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee.

“We’re proud to support the Newcastle Knights and this is a great opportunity to meet the coach and players before their big game on April 21.”

Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown will feature on a panel covering a range of issues, including leadership and how to build a culture of performance and success. He will also share his own personal experience with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, which will benefit from fundraising at this Inspired Business Leader Series event.

“Tamworth is a very important part of the Knights catchment and we are delighted to be visiting and playing an NRL game here in Round 7 against the Tigers” said Newcastle Knights CEO Philip Gardner

“Our longstanding and valued partnership with NSW Minerals Council has always been a terrific platform to bring recognition to the contribution of mining employees themselves and also assist in highlighting the economic benefits of the industry. Mining and Agriculture sit at the heart of regional wealth. When mining is strong the region and State are strong.”

“The Knights will be proud to run out in the NSW Mining Hi-Vis jersey and as part of our commitment to the community, we will continue to strengthen our support for regional areas” added Gardner.

 Tamworth Business Chamber President, Jye Segboer, said acknowledging the synergies between the Chamber, the local mining industry, Newcastle Knights and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is important to the region.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the business community to be part of the upcoming visiting NRL match and not just from the sidelines. Whether you are a rugby league fan or not, this event will provide a chance to get up and personal with elite athletes and learn about leadership, teamwork and fostering a culture of success.”

“We are very fortunate to work closely with NSW Minerals Council and are thrilled to be hosting this event with their support.”

“We thank them for giving us access to the guest speakers from Newcastle Knights.”

A signed Knights jersey is up for grabs along with the opportunity to ask questions and mingle with Nathan Brown and Knights players ahead of the big game on Saturday afternoon.

Tickets $55 (member), $75 (non-member) are on sale now via tamworth.org.au or by calling 02 6766 4810. $5 from each ticket will be donated to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.




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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                            23 FEBRUARY 2018



Unemployment across the New England and North West region has hit its lowest point in nearly nine years Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson announced today.

Figures released from ABS labour force regional data shows unemployment has hit a low of 5.8 per cent across the region which is the lowest it has been since March 2009.

Mr Anderson said the latest result shows that continued government investment in our region creates good conditions for businesses to be successful and drive employment.

“The last time we saw unemployment in our region this low was in March 2009 and it’s a credit to the hard working people of our region.

“A stable job doesn’t just give people the ability to pay their bills and provide for their families, it also gives people a sense of purpose each day.

“Locally I know businesses are investing in staff which shows signs of a healthy economy and a large degree of business confidence.”

Mr Anderson said youth unemployment across the region remains a concern and more can be done to encourage young people into training for skilled positions.

"We are continually working to find ways to increase employment whether it be in trades, professional services, retail or any other sector, we must keep working together to build our local workforce.”

Tamworth Business Chamber President Jye Segboer agreed the overall low unemployment figures were encouraging, but stressed more still needs to be done in the areas of youth unemployment and retaining a skilled workforce.

“We need to see more school leavers with skills out in the workforce. Students are choosing a degree over part-time work and internships during their final years and this is causing a gap in the workforce.

“The more we work to offer local employment opportunities and pathways, the more we not only build a skilled workforce, but keep it.”

Mr Anderson is encouraging business owners to continue to look local to fill positions wherever possible.


Chinese Trade and Investment opportunities to be presented at FREE event

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MEDIA RELEASE: Monday 29th January 2018


Chinese Trade and Investment opportunities to be presented at FREE event


The Tamworth Business Chamber in partnership with Namoi Unlimited a Joint Organisation of Councils in NSW will hold a FREE business and export event on Thursday 1st February 2018 in the Passchendaele Room at the Tamworth Town Hall.

The event will feature Mr Tony Zhang, Commissioner NSW Trade & Investment, North and East China.  Mr Zhang is a guest of Namoi Unlimited and is touring the Local Government Areas of Gunnedah, Gwydir, Liverpool Plains, Narrabri, Tamworth, Uralla and Walcha.

The event is FREE for the community, Tamworth Business Chamber President Jye Segboer encouraged businesses interested in export opportunities and  access into China to attend.

“This is a FREE event for businesses and the general community.  It is an opportunity for us to hear first hand from a Commissioner for Trade in NSW based in China.” 

“I am keen to hear his insights after touring the Tamworth district and beyond about how we can grow business and employment in our region.”

Mr Tony Zhang was appointed as Trade & Investment Commissioner for North and East China, based in Shanghai in August 2009. 

Tony’s role is to attract Chinese investments into NSW and assist NSW companies in doing business in China.  Tony is also responsible for building and maintaining the relationship with Chinese government at all levels.

Prior to his current role, Tony was Trade Commissioner at the Australian Embassy in Beijing.  His team was responsible for the sectors of financial services, mining, energy, food and beverage and helping Australian companies to conduct business in China. 

DATE: Thursday 1st February 2018

TIME: 5.30pm

LOCATION: Passchendaele Room, Town Hall, 26 – 28 Fitzroy St Tamworth NSW 2340


For more information:
Media: Jill Stewart I 02 6766 4810 I marketing@tamworth.org.au