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"Meet The Candidates" forum CANCELLED

MON 20
NOV

2017

Writer:
jill

Wednesday 15th November 2017

 

“Meet The Candidates” forum cancelled

 

Tamworth Business Chamber has today announced that the “Meet The Candidates” forum on Monday 20th November, 6pm at Town Hall has been cancelled.

 

The Chamber has received very little interest from the general public and only a handful of candidates have expressed interest in participating.


Jye Segboer, President, Tamworth Business Chamber, said the number of enquiries dropped off once Barnaby Joyce confirmed he would not be attending.

 

“Unfortunately, without the numbers, there just wouldn’t be a balanced, healthy debate.”

 

The Chamber thanks those candidates who did come forward to participate in this FREE community event and to the members of the voting public who submitted their questions.

 

Pre-polling has commenced ahead of hitting the polls on Saturday 2nd December 2017.

Rugby star to deliver important message

MON 18
SEP

2017

Writer:
jill

For Immediate Release

 

Tamworth Business Chamber and the Tamworth branch of the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) have joined forces to deliver a mental health message.

 

Clyde Rathbone will be the special guest speaker at the Tamworth Business Chamber’s October breakfast event - Thursday 5th October, 7am, Quality Hotel Powerhouse.

 

Australian Rugby Union player Clyde Rathbone, retired from the sport in 2014 and co-founded Karma.wiki, an online community sharing open letters as a way to learn about people. Karma.wiki is a social network built on meaningful human connections.

 

Not without his own demons, Clyde Rathbone will share his own story, the idea behind karma.wiki and talk about the importance of close connections and good relationships in our community and individual workplaces.

 

Tamworth Business Chamber Marketing and Membership Manager, Jill Stewart said, “We are thrilled to have someone of Clyde’s stature as our guest speaker for our October event. Mental health within our community and the stigma associated it with, is a huge issue. R U OK day last week, showed just how important having conversation and connection is.”

 

“With more demands on time, greater financial pressures and an increased number of people working from home, often in isolation, loneliness is a real issue. We want to encourage these people to attend, but also everyone who works in small business or a large organisation. Just because you sit next to someone every day, doesn’t mean you are connecting. It’s easy to hide away at work.”

 

Kate Arndell, (RAMHP) added “It’s time we started considering our mental health as important as our physical health. “

 

Tickets to the event are on sale now via the Chamber website http://tamworth.org.au/events/upcoming-events/mental-health-with-clyde-rathbone/ or by calling 02 6766 4810.

Chamber fight ends in disappointment

WED 06
SEP

2017

Writer:
jill

MEDIA RELEASE 

Tuesday 5th September 2017

Tamworth Business Chamber has today announced that the closure of the Northern end of Peel St during 2018 Tamworth Country Music Festival (TCMF) is back on the agenda.

Despite the efforts of a small dedicated group of retailers and the Tamworth Business Chamber, a large number of businesses in the block failed to commit their support in the Chamber’s efforts to manage activity in the Northern Peel St block during Festival.

Tamworth Business Chamber President Jye Segboer said it was disappointing that attempts to get support has not been forthcoming and this is not a decision that has been made lightly.

“As a Chamber, we felt the need to step up on behalf of the affected businesses after hearing some compelling facts about Festival trading in the precinct and the Council’s decision to open the block to traffic. Together, we lobbied hard to get the motion passed for the block to remain closed during Festival.”

“We certainly did not wish to see local retailers suffer financially should the street be opened.”

“Our offer of support to Council was always contingent on a small financial contribution from the businesses in the block to assist in procuring entertainment, stage management and associated promotional activity.”

“Council were only ever going to provide the road closure infrastructure and it was up to us as a Chamber and the businesses in the block to work together,” added Mr Segboer.

Mr Segboer said, that as a membership based organisation, relying solely on members and sponsors, that he would not misuse these funds.

“There are currently only 8 Chamber members in the Northern Peel St block and even less agreed to support the Chamber’s efforts to keep the block closed”.

“Our role as a Chamber is to support and advocate for local business and we did this. Without support from the businesses, I cannot justify the misappropriation of our loyal members and sponsors funds.”


For the past 2 years, Council has had a written financial commitment from 24 businesses. When Chamber fought for those businesses, the expectation was that the financial commitment would remain.

“We were only asking businesses to commit to $50 a day over the 10 day Festival. If what we were hearing from these operators was correct - that they could potentially lose up to 60% of their trade during this time – the small financial commitment is not a large amount.”

“We also clearly communicated that we would refund any monies if we were not successful in getting enough support and that we would work to find a sponsor, with the intention of returning their contributions if viable.”

“It wasn’t ever really about the money, it was more about getting a commitment from the businesses to allow the Chamber to dedicate the time and resources to help them.”

The Chamber therefore has no option, but to hand the management of the block back to Council.

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2017 Quality Business Awards Winners

MON 07
AUG

2017

Writer:
jill

FRIDAY 4TH AUGUST

 

Winners of the 2017 Quality Business Awards Announced

 

The 2017 Quality Business Awards has tonight capped off a stellar year for local business. A record 800 people celebrated business excellence at the sold out gala event at TRECC.

It was local airline MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) business Sigma Aerospace’s night, winning three awards including Excellence in Business, an individual award for Business Leader, Matthew Wheatley and the coveted Regional Business Award. This is the first time Sigma Aerospace has won a Quality Business Award.

 

Tamworth Business Chamber President Jye Segboer, said the success of the Awards showed a boosted confidence with the Chamber’s general business activities and attributed much of the success to the new judging process.

 

“The 2017 Quality Business Awards would not be possible without the support of a record number of businesses in our region that have sponsored the awards this year. We’ve seen a 70% increase in sponsorship commitment since last year and for the first time have secured a three year major sponsor for the Quality Business Awards in Tamworth Regional Council.”

 

“We also believe that one of the reasons there is such a positive response to the Awards this year is the new judging process. Independent judging has led to greater transparency and confidence in the Chamber’s approach. Announcing the finalists prior to the awards and making the judges reports available to all nominated businesses has played a major role in the success of this year’s Awards.

 

It provides an opportunity for individual businesses to benchmark against themselves and other businesses – an important aspect of business growth and sustainability.”

 

The 2017 Quality Business Awards saw 29 categories, judged by over 60 independent judges. 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 Region Mayor Col Murray welcomed this year’s change to the Awards process and Council’s involvement, saying it 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 they do to ensure local businesses have a support network that allows them to remain vibrant and dynamic.  We believe 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.”

 

“As a former business owner, I believe the Awards are a fantastic benchmarking tool. It’s a tremendous opportunity to take a step back and look at what you’ve achieved throughout the year, and it can also assist in business planning for the new financial year.”

 

The Noel Park Award, named in honour of the late Noel Park who served as the Member for Tamworth for many years, is awarded to an individual from the Tamworth region that has created an impact in the local business community through their ongoing commitment to the growth and improvement of services, industry or business. The 2017 Noel Park Award recipient is Peter Pulley.

 

 “Mr Pulley is a deserving winner of the Noel Park Award” said Mr Segboer “He has served and supported the Tamworth region and local business community with innovation, and passion for over four decades.” 

 

Winners, who are Chamber members, of the ten categories aligned to the NSW Business Chamber Awards will progress to the finals of the Regional Awards, to be held in Gunnedah on Friday 1st September.

Full image gallery - Tamworth Business Chamber Facebook Page.

 

2017 QUALITY BUSINESS AWARDS FULL LIST OF WINNERS

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Retail (Small) – Volcania Art Glass

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Retail (Large) – Choices Flooring Tamworth

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Accommodation – Peel Inn Hotel

 

Excellence in Customer Service in – Food & Beverage (Small)  - Econolodge - Frog & Toad Restaurant

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Food & Beverage (Large) – Addimi Espresso

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Employment, Education & Training – Goodstart Early Learning Brisbane St

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Health & Wellbeing – Connect Hearing

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Professional Services – Countrywide Legal & Business Services

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Hair and Beauty – Tranquillity on Marius Day Spa

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Trades & Services – Haynes Pest Management

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Manufacturing/Construction and Rural – Lysaght

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Motor Transport – Roberts’ Mechanical & Alignment Centre

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Tourism, Sport & Entertainment – Northern Inland Academy of Sport

 

Excellence in Community Involvement – Single Builders

 

Excellence in Workplace Health & Safety - Goodwin Kenny

 

Excellence in Mental Health Recovery – Tamworth Family Support Service

 

Defence Reserves Supportive Employer Award  - Tamara Private Hospital

 

Excellence in Innovation – BAE Systems

 

Excellence in Sustainability  - McDonalds Tamworth

 

Employer of Choice – Tamworth Community College

 

Excellence in Small Business - United Taekwondo

 

Excellence in Business – Sigma Aerospace

 

Startup Superstar – Goonoo Goonoo Station

 

Excellence in Social Enterprise -  Cancer Council NSW

 

Business Leader – Matthew Wheatley

 

Young Business Executive – Kellie Mackney

 

Young Entrepreneur – Jane Brennan

 

Regional Business of the Year – Sigma Aerospace

 

Noel Park Award – Peter Pulley

 

 

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2017 Quality Business Awards Finalists

THU 13
JUL

2017

Writer:
jill

MEDIA RELEASE

 

Friday 14th July 2017

 

2017 Quality Business Awards Finalists Announced

 

Tamworth Business Chamber has today announced the Finalists for the 2017 Quality Business Awards. This is the first time Finalists have been announced prior to the Awards night.

 

Tamworth Business Chamber President Jye Segboer said the 2017 Quality Business Awards gala event highlights excellence and leadership in business in our great Tamworth region and announcing the finalists ahead of the Awards provides a great opportunity for Finalists and their business networks to really get behind one another.

 

“After an intensive nomination and judging process, we can’t wait to showcase those in our business community who go above and beyond in their business. Entering the Awards gives businesses a chance to build their profile, motivate staff, improve relationships with customers and suppliers and strengthen their position in the business community.”

 

Tamworth Business Chamber unveiled the new look 2017 Quality Business Awards earlier this year, promising greater transparency, improved technologies, finalists announcement prior to the Awards and clearer categories. The Chamber is already seeing the benefits of the new Awards process.

 

“We made some progressive changes to the Awards process this year to ensure all local businesses, large or small, feel supported to enter and the positive widespread results are reflected in the Finalists announced today.” said Mr Segboer.

 

“There were over 60 independent judges engaged to judge the awards with each category having 2 judges and the larger categories having 3 judges which meant businesses were mystery shopped or reviewed up to 3 times by independent judges ensuring an absolute non biased platform. Our largest category this year had 50 entrants so to make it as a finalist is an amazing achievement in customer service.”

 

The 2017 Quality Business Awards has been strengthened by having Tamworth Regional Council and a record number of sponsors on board and the Chamber is promising a terrific night of recognition, reward and entertainment with Country Music superstar Adam Brand providing the afterparty entertainment.

 

The 2017 Quality Business Awards, will be held on Friday 4th August 2017, 6.30pm at TRECC.

 

Tickets to the Awards are on sale now and selling fast.

 

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

 

2017 Quality Business Awards Finalists

 

Announcing 8 finalists from each of the Excellence in Customer Service Categories who scored the highest in their chosen category.

 

Excellence in Customer Service – Retail Small

Bakers Delight Shoppingworld

Calibre Country

Carpet One

Early Settlers

Easy Living Footwear

HCF

Hip Pockets Workwear and Safety Tamworth

Volcania Art Glass

 

Excellence in Customer Service – Retail Large

Choices Flooring

Commonwealth Bank

Peel Valley Tiles & Ceramics Pty Ltd

Ruralco Property Davidson Cameron Real Estate

Skye’s Organics Pty Ltd

Specsavers Optometrists Tamworth

Tamworth Rural (Pursehouse)

Telstra Store Tamworth

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Hospitality – Accommodation

Best Western Plus All Settlers Motor Inn

Best Western Sanctuary Inn

Econolodge

Fossickers Tourist Park

Ibis Styles

McNevin’s Tamworth Motel

Mount Misery Gold Mine Café

Peel Inn Hotel

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Hospitality Food and Beverage - Small

Bakers Delight Tamworth Shoppingworld

Bean & Barista

Café 2340

Econolodge

Molly May’s

Mount Misery Gold Mine Café

Peel Inn Hotel

The Coffee Club

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Hospitality Food and Beverage – Large

Addimi

Riviera Bar and Grill

Coreys Catering

McDonalds

Southgate Inn

The Family Hotel

The Longyard

The Pub

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Employment, Education & Training

Ballet Stars

BEST Employment

Birrelee M.A.C.S

Centrepoint Childcare Centre

Denison St Early Learning Centre

Goodstart Early Learning – Brisbane Street

Poppins Playhouse

UNE

Workforce XS

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Health & Wellbeing

11:11 Yoga

Connect Hearing

Headspace

Hills Remedial

Sharon King Hearing Centres

Tamworth Medical Imaging

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

YOUTHIE

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Professional Services

Burke & Smyth Real Estate

Cannon Cohen & Associates

Countrywide Legal and Business Services

First National Real Estate

Louise Brock Mobile Travel Agent

Leading Edge Tamworth

Regional Australia Bank

Telstra Business Centre North West NSW

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Hair &/or Beauty

Beautelicious

Ella Bache

Glamour Empire

Hairhouse Warehouse

Laura’s Skin Care Centre

Plush Hair Beauty Lifestyle

Runway

Tranquillity on Marius Day Spa

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Trades & Services

Haynes Pest Management

Kensells

Sampson's Car Repairs

Tamworth Boarding Kennels

Tamworth Fencing

Tamworth Skip Eze

Simmonds Kitchens

Wise Auto Repairs

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Manufacturing, Construction & Rural

AUSTAM Homes

Belmore Engineering

Furneys Stockfeeds

Great Value Garages

GJ Gardner Homes

Lysaght

Rapid Plas

Tamworth Plasterworks

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Motor Transport Sales/Service

Bob Jane T-Mart Tamworth

Fiona’s Mini Buses

Goodwin Kenny

Kensells Sales Pty Ltd

Nyman’s Smash Repairs

Roberts' Mechanical & Alignment Centre

Sampson’s Car Repairs

Woodley’s Motors

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Tourism, Sport & Entertainment

Australian Bushmens Campdraft & Rodeo Association

Capitol Theatre Tamworth

Chris Watson Travel

Flight Centre

Mount Misery Gold Mine Cafe

Northern Inland Academy of Sport

Radio 88.9FM

Volcania Art Glass

 

Excellence in Community Involvement

Bakers Delight Tamworth Shoppingworld

Blue Illusion

East West Enviroag

Everingham Solomons

Goodwin Kenny

Single Builders

The Professionals Tamworth

UNE

 

Excellence in Mental Health Recovery

BEST Employment

Headspace

One Door Mental Health

Tamworth Family Support Service

 

NSW Business Chamber Aligned Categories

 

Announcing finalists in the NSW Business Chamber Aligned categories who have exceeded the minimum rating criteria to be eligible in becoming a finalist.

 

Excellence in Innovation

BAE Systems

Inland Technology

UNE

 

Excellence in Sustainability

McDonalds Tamworth

Rusty Civil Earthworks

 

Employer of Choice

BAE Systems

Forsyths

Inland Technology

Tamworth Community College

Telstra Business Centre North West

 

Excellence in Small Business

Fiona’s Mini Buses

Hazells Farm & Fertilizer Services

Ivory Lane Event Styling & Hire

Konekt

United Tae Kwon Do

 

Start Up Superstar

Hello Blossom Bouquets

Sensosaurus Pty Ltd

Perfect Balance Pilates

Goonoo Goonoo Station

L’OR Cosmetics

 

Excellence in Social Enterprise

Cancer Council

Oxley Community Transport Inc.

Zambrero Tamworth

 

Young Business Executive

Gerhard Labuschagne

Jarrad Smith

Kellie Mackney

Laura Carr

Ruth Cook

 

Young Entrepreneur

Amy Gilpin

Ben Clifton

Chris Watson

Jane Brennan

Kristen Owens

 

Business Leader

Daniel Urquhart

Lorraine Legge

Matthew Wheatley

Michelle Worthington

Natalie Scanlon

 

Excellence in Business

Forsyths

Single Builders

Sigma Aerospace Pty Ltd

Woodleys Motors

 

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