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Women Get On Board!

TUE 05




MEDIA RELEASE: Tuesday 5th December 2017

Women Get On Board!

The Tamworth Business Chamber is leading the way when it comes to gender equality. Local business women now make up 50% of the Chamber Board and 50% of the newly elected Executive Team, announced this morning.

Women, on average, currently represent 25.2 per cent of all board positions in Australia, with a view to achieving 30% representation on ASX boards by 2018. *

Tamworth Business Chamber President Jye Segboer is excited by the gender mix, saying that it not only represents gender equality in leadership, but also sends a strong message to our business community.

“It is refreshing to not only see new female faces on the Executive Team, but to see equal gender representation across the entire Board. Having diversity sends a positive message to the community and is good for overall business confidence and economy.”

The 2018 Tamworth Business Chamber Board with Executive positions elected at today’s final Board Meeting for 2017 are as follows:

Jye Segboer  - CH on Peel - President

Clint Coles  - Everingham Solomons – Vice President

Fiona Burns -  Slater Gordon - Secretary

Isis Ashton – H & R Block - Treasurer

Sara Crowe – C7even Communications
Ben Davies – Quality Hotel Powerhouse
Stephanie Cameron – East West Enviro Ag

Mark Woodley – Woodley’s Motors Tamworth




"Meet The Candidates" forum CANCELLED

MON 20



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



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




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.


2017 Quality Business Awards Winners

MON 07





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.




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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