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2018 Quality Business Awards Winners Announced

 

The 2018 Quality Business Awards has tonight capped off a solid year for business, despite tough economic and social conditions caused by the drought.

A record 830 people celebrated business excellence at the sold out gala event at TRECC.

Local technology sales and service business Inland Technology was the most capped business of the night, winning two awards. Outstanding Employer of Choice and the coveted Outstanding Business Leader award. This award was presented to owner, Peter Ryan.

 

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 revamped judging process, focused member and sponsor engagement and broader marketing activities of the Chamber.

 

“The 2018 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 an increase in sponsorship commitment since last year’s record amount.”

 “This year’s awards also received a record number of nominations with 500 businesses recognised, and over 200 named as finalists.”

Another first, was the introduction of The Northern Daily Leader People’s Choice Award.

“The positive response to the Awards came off the back of the success of last year’s re-vamped awards process. This new approach has meant greater transparency and confidence in the Chamber’s approach.”

 

“Announcing finalists prior to the Awards night has also played a major role in the success of the Awards.” Mr Segboer continued.

The 2018 Quality Business Awards had 30 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 commended the Tamworth Business Chamber on the success of the Awards, citing Council’s involvement as 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, 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 moving forward.” Mayor Col Murray concluded.

 

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 2018 Noel Park Award recipient is Mr James Treloar.

 

 “Mr Treloar is such a deserving winner of the Noel Park Award” Mr Segboer said, “He has long served and supported the Tamworth region and local business community. He is responsible for overseeing some of the most significant infrastructure investment in the city’s history along with his work during the 2004 Council amalgamation.”

 

Winners, who are Chamber members, of the categories aligned to the NSW Business Chamber Awards will progress to the finals of the Regional Awards, to be held in Armidale  on Friday 21st September.

 

 2018 QUALITY BUSINESS AWARDS FULL LIST OF WINNERS

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Retail (Small) – HCF

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Retail (Large) – Furney’s Stockfeeds

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Accommodation – Mercure Tamworth

 

Excellence in Customer Service in – Food & Beverage (Small)  - Molly May’s Quality Foods

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Food & Beverage (Large) – Glasshouse at Goonoo Goonoo

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Employment, Education & Training – Calrossy Pre-School

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Health & Wellbeing – Fit 2 Function

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Professional Services (Small) – Marius Small Animal Veterinary Clinic

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Professional Services (Large) – Oxley Community Transport

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Hair and Beauty – Urban Vogue Organic Dayspa

 

Excellence in Employment & Recruitment – WorkforceXS

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Motor Transport – Sampson’s Car Repairs

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Manufacturing/Construction and Rural – Belmore Engineering

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Trades & Services – Allsopp Signs

 

Excellence in Customer Service in Tourism, Sport & Entertainment – Paceway Tamworth

 

Excellence in Community Involvement – Happy Smiles Dental Care

 

Excellence in Workplace Health & Safety – Obieco Industries

 

Excellence in Mental Health Recovery – RAMHP

 

Excellence in Innovation – Birth Beat

 

Outstanding Employer of Choice – Inland Technology

 

Excellence in Small Business – Konekt

 

Startup Superstar – Portable Horse Stables

 

Excellence in Social Enterprise – Sustainable North West

 

Excellence in Workplace Inclusion – Flourish Australia

 

Outstanding Young Employee – Tom Gayford (Telstra Business Centre North West NSW)

 

Outstanding Young Entrepreneur – Chantel Quinn (F45 & Runway)

 

Outstanding Business Leader  - Peter Ryan (Inland Technology)

 

Excellence in Business – Roberts & Morrow

 

People’s Choice Award – Birrelee M.A.C.S Childcare Centre

 

Noel Park Award – Mr James Treloar

 

-ENDS-

 

 

 

 

General News

2018 Quality Business Finalists

SUN 22
JUL

2018

Writer:
jill

2018 Quality Business Awards Finalists Announced

Tamworth Business Chamber has today announced the Finalists for the 2018 Quality Business Awards. For the second year in a row, finalists have been announced prior to the Awards night.
Tamworth Business Chamber President, Jye Segboer, said the 2018 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 get together and celebrate their hard work and success.

“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.”

“We made some progressive changes to the Awards process last year to ensure all local businesses, large or small, feel supported to enter and the positive widespread results this year 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 allocated to them. Businesses were mystery shopped or reviewed twice, sometimes three times by independent judges ensuring an absolute non-biased platform. Our largest category this year had up to 40 entrants, so to make it as a finalist is an amazing achievement.”

The 2018 Quality Business Awards has again been strengthened by having Tamworth Regional Council and a record number of sponsors on board. The confirmation of Sky News Presenter and funny man, Paul Murray, as host of the Awards highlights the calibre of the event.

“I admire anyone who has taken the risk to start a business. Those risks are even greater in regional areas so it is an honour to celebrate the success stories of people who have put it all on the line and won,” says Paul Murray.

The 2018 Quality Business Awards, will be held on Friday 10th August 2018, 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 www.tamworth.org.au or contact the Tamworth Business Chamber on 02 6766 4810.

 

2018 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

Angelbub Maternity Wear

Calibre Country

Carpet One

Cellarbrations

Forty Winks

HCF

Kevin Bartlett Cycles

Nundle Natural Skin Solutions

Excellence in Customer Service – Retail Large

Aquanorth Pty Ltd

Commonwealth Bank West Tamworth

Choices Flooring

Furney’s Stockfeeds

Hairhouse Warehouse

Hazell’s Farm & Fertilizer Services

Regional Australia Bank

R M Williams

Excellence in Customer Service in Hospitality – Accommodation

Best Western All Settlers

Best Western Sanctuary Inn

City Sider Tamworth

Econolodge Tamworth

Goonoo Goonoo Station

Mount Misery Goldmine Café

Stockman’s Motel

Mercure Tamworth

Excellence in Customer Service in Hospitality Food and Beverage – Small

The Bean & Barista

Coffee Club

Corey’s Catering

Frog & Toad Restaurant

Gloria Jeans

Ibis Styles

Molly May’s Quality Foods

Warm Discussions Café

Excellence in Customer Service in Hospitality Food and Beverage – Large

Bidfood Tamworth

Carmen’s A little Taste of Italy

Goonoo Goonoo Station

Red Rooster

Riviera Bar and Grill
The Longyard Hotel

The Pub

The Tudor Hotel

Excellence in Customer Service in Education & Training

Ballet Stars

Bambini

Birrelee M.A.C.S
Calrossy Anglican School – Calrossy Pre-school

Centrepoint Childcare

Denison St Early Learning Centre

UNE

The National Disability Co-ordination Officer Program

Excellence in Customer Service in Health & Wellbeing

11:11 Yoga

Cancer Council

Fit 2 Function

Peel Health Care

Ronald McDonald House

Sensosaurus

Specsavers

The Athletes Foot

Excellence in Customer Service in Professional Services (small)

Chris Watson Travel

Corinne Spencer Family Daycare

Finishing Image Photography

First National Real Estate

Marius St Small Animal Veterinary Clinic

PlanPlus Wealth Advisors

Tamworth Event Planners

Tommo’s Lawn Maintenance

Excellence in Customer Service in Professional Services (large)

Airspeed Aviation

Forsyths

Greater Bank

Oxley Community Transport

Priority Home Loans

Professionals Tamworth

R J O’Halloran & Co

Telstra Business Centre North West NSW

Excellence in Customer Service in Hair &-Or Beauty Services

Beautelicious

Beautiful You Barraba

Ella Bache

Illegal Lengths

Plush Hair Beauty Lifestyle

Sass & Co

The Lash Studio

Urban Vogue Day Spa

Excellence in Customer Service in Trades & Services

Allsopp Signs

Dynamic Fire

Garage Doors & More

Goodwin Kenny

Hip Pocket Workwear

Lloyd Sign Co

Peel TV

Tamworth Bathroom Renovations

Excellence in Customer Service in Manufacturing, Construction & Rural

Belmore Engineering

Calibre Country

GJ Gardner Homes

Lloyd Sign Co

Moore Than Just Kitchens

Simmonds Kitchens

Single Builders

SMW Kitchens

Excellence in Customer Service in Motor Transport Sales/Service

Fiona’s Minibus Rentals

Goodwin Kenny

Holland Automotive

R.C Barber & Son

Sampson’s Car Repairs

ShuttleLink

Tamworth City Prestige

Tamworth Valley Motors

Excellence in Customer Service in Tourism, Sport & Entertainment

Ballet Stars

Capitol Theatre

Paceway Tamworth

Perform with Power Tennis Academy

Tamworth City Dance Academy

Tamworth Jockey Club

Volcania Art Glass

West Tamworth Leagues Club

Excellence in Customer Service in Community Involvement

Calrossy Anglican School

Everingham Solomons

Goodwin Kenny

Happy Smiles Dental Care

Regional Australia Bank

Ronald McDonald House

UNE

Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Excellence in Customer Service in Employment & Recruitment Services

BEST Employment

Jobs Australia Enterprises

Joblink Plus

WorkforceXS Tamworth

Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety

Northwest Aviation Fuels Pty Ltd

Obieco Industries

Tamworth Family Support Ltd

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

Excellence in Mental Health Recovery

Billabong Clubhouse

National Disability Co-ordination Officer Program

Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP)

Tamworth Family Support Ltd

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

Birth Beat

Calrossy Anglican School

Day One Films

Jeffrey Cwach t/a Industrial AF

Kirinari Community Services

Sensosaurus

Employer of Choice

Birrelee M.A.C.S

Everingham Solomons

Forsyths

Inland Technology

Professionals Tamworth

Excellence in Small Business

Cloudwize Technologies

Fiona’s Minibus Rentals

Garage Doors & More

Konekt

R J O’Halloran & Co

Ruralco Property Davidson Cameron Real Estate

Start-Up Superstar

BOMB Media

Myo & Barn

Portable Horse Stables

Sanctum Remedial Massage Therapy

ShuttleLink

Steph’s Clip Clean and Cuddles Dog Grooming

Excellence in Social Enterprise

Sustainable North West

Tamworth Legacy

Excellence in Workplace Inclusion

Flourish Australia

Goodstart Early Learning Tamworth – Brisbane St

Kirinari Community Services

Secure Scanning Solutions

Tamworth Family Support Ltd

Young Employee

Bree Poetschka – Professionals Tamworth

Emma Wentworth – Sigma Aerospace

Ethan Latsinos – The Athletes Foot

Rachael Phillips - Birrelee M.A.C.S

Tammy Connor – TAFE NSW

Tom Gayford – Telstra Business Centre North West NSW

Young Entrepreneur

Brooke Carrington – Myo & Barn

Chantel Quinn – Runway & F45 Tamworth

Larissa Fogarty – Garage Doors & More

Mark Sleiman – PRD Nationwide

Samuel Tomlinson – Tommo’s Lawn Maintenance

Simon Haggarty – Goonoo Goonoo Station

Business Leader

Edwina Sharrock – Birth Beat

Master Paul Mitchell – United Taekwondo

Peter Ryan – Inland Technology

Steven Hill – Sixhills Group Pty Ltd

Susan Goodwin – Goodwin Kenny

Terrence Lester Robinson – Everingham Solomons

Excellence in Business

Forsyths

Inland Technology

Kirinari Community Services

Obieco Industries

Professionals Tamworth

Roberts & Morrow

 

 

People's Choice at 2018 Quality Business Awards

FRI 11
MAY

2018

Writer:
jill

MEDIA RELEASE

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

THU 22
MAR

2018

Writer:
jill

 

 

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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UNEMPLOYMENT HITS NINE YEAR LOW ACROSS THE REGION

FRI 23
FEB

2018

Writer:
jill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                            23 FEBRUARY 2018

 

UNEMPLOYMENT HITS NINE YEAR LOW ACROSS THE REGION

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.