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Saving water in your workplace

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The following areas are common to small and large enterprises and are the easiest places to start making water and cost savings.

Make your staff water wise

  • Talk to staff about your water savings initiatives. Include water savings policies and procedures in staff inductions
  • Encourage staff to contribute to water saving ideas.
  • Look to appoint a water conservation champion in your business to help deliver change.
  • Discuss water efficiency at team meetings and provide regular reports on water use figures.
  • Establish a baseline for water use and set achievable targets for saving water.


  • Install water-efficient taps with an aerator or flow restrictor to use less water.
  • Install lever or mixer taps, these save water by quickly reaching a desired temperature.
  • Fix leaking taps and replace washers - even a slowly dripping tap can waste 10,000 litres of water over a year.
  • Avoid washing up under running taps.


  • Install water-efficient dishwashers to use 50% less water than average models.
  • Wait until you have a full load before washing.
  • Scrape, rather than rinse, dishes prior to washing.


  • Replace single-flush toilets with dual-flush toilets.
  • Regularly check for leaks and fix immediately.
  • Install water-efficient urinals with smart controls to reduce unnecessary flushing.


  • Encourage staff and customers to limit showers to 4 minutes or less.
  • Install water-efficient shower heads, which can use up to 40% less water.
  • Fix leaking showers.

Air conditioning

  • If you use evaporative air conditioners, set your thermostat to 24°C.
  • Where possible, use fans and natural ventilation.
  • Switch off heating and cooling after hours.


• Install rainwater tanks.
• Use drought-tolerant plants.
• Use mulch to keep moisture in the soil.

Water-efficient products

You can cut water consumption by using white goods with a high water-efficiency rating. For more information, visit the Australian Government's Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme and Smart Approved Watermark.

Download a copy of these tips HERE

2019 Shop Local Campaign Launched

WED 18




Thursday 8 September 2019

Time to pay it forward

Make the choice to shop locally and you could drive home this Christmas in a brand-new Honda Jazz.

That’s the challenge Tamworth Business Chamber is putting to shoppers in the three months leading up to Christmas with the launch of this year’s Shop Local Support Local campaign.

Now in its second year, Shop Local Support Local delivers significant dollars back into the Region’s economy, giving business a much-needed boost as drought and growing interest in online shopping, erodes local market share.

“Whenever you shop you have a choice – you can either spend it with a locally owned business, or you can jump online, or even head to the city and spend outside of our region” explains Tamworth Business Chamber President, Jye Segboer.

“If you choose the latter, your money leaves Tamworth and it’s gone, forever.

“When you support local business, you are not only supporting the local economy and the employment of local people, you are also indirectly supporting your wider local community.

“Local businesses sponsor local community groups, sports teams and valued community services. They live in our region and contribute to our reputation as a great place to live, work and visit” continued Mr Segboer.

In return, shoppers will be rewarded for their loyalty – with a chance to win a brand-new Honda Jazz, thanks to Woodleys Motors.

From today, anyone who spends $30 or more at participating retailers will be in the running to win. Shoppers can enter by placing their receipt and completed entry form into one of three competition barrels - located at Centrepoint Tamworth, Woodley’s Mazda and the Chamber Office in Fitzroy Street.

Shoppers must then tune into 88.9FM every Wednesday at 12.20pm to see if they’re one of 12 weekly key winners. One name will be drawn from the barrels every week and read live on air. The winner must call the station within 2 hours to claim their key.

The 12 lucky winners will then be invited to the lighting of the community Christmas Tree in Fitzroy Plaza on December 5, where the lucky winner’s key will unlock the car.

Local business can still register for the campaign, which is free for Chamber members or comes at a nominal fee for non-members.

“Last year, Shop Local Support Local generated in excess of $1M for the 103 participating businesses, and we will be collecting data again this year to share with those who sign-up.

“For little to no investment, you’re guaranteed great exposure and we are happy to accept new business sign-up at any point in the promotion” said Mr Segboer.

Visit tamworth.org.au for details and terms and conditions.

2019 Quality Business Awards winners announced

MON 19



After three months, an exhaustive judging process and more than 750 nominations for 434 businesses, 29 winners have been awarded top honours in the 2019 Quality Business Awards.

Category award sponsors presented each winner with a trophy recognising their achievements in front of 800 of their peers, at a glittering gala dinner at TRECC.

Tamworth Business Chamber President Jye Segboer congratulated the individuals and businesses recognised as part of the Awards and praised their contribution to the Tamworth region business community.

“On behalf of the Chamber, I’d like to congratulate all the individuals and businesses who have received Awards for their exceptional contribution to the Tamworth Region business community.

“The quality of all entries to this year’s Quality Business Awards was outstanding and we are disappointed that we can’t acknowledge more businesses for high quality service and the level of innovation they display.

“It’s fantastic to see the enormous passion of all business-owners and their staff whose daily hard work and dedication goes into producing great customer experiences.
“This sense of passion and pride is what truly makes business in Regional NSW stand out and makes the Quality Business Awards such a special event” said Mr Segboer.

A total of 29 awards were presented including the highly prestigious Noel Park Award which saw local musician, philanthropist, sports and business person John Muller join the honour role.

Eighteen of the night’s categories were awarded for excellence in customer service, as nominated by the general public. Those judging these awards were instructed to score solely on their customer experience, ignoring the business size and whether it was a franchise or recognised brand.

Those business who entered categories aligned to the NSW Business Chamber, and who are members of the Tamworth Business Chamber automatically progress as a finalist in the 2019 Regional Business Awards, whilst the winner of Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety automatically progress as a phase 2 entrant into next year’s SafeWork State Awards.

Excellence in Customer Service in Retail - Small HCF
Excellence in Customer Service in Retail - Large Pulse Kitchens & Interiors
Excellence in Customer Service in Hospitality - Accommodation The Rex Tamworth
Excellence in Customer Service in Hospitality Food and Beverage - Small Gloria Jean's 
Excellence in Customer Service in Hospitality Food and Beverage - Large Williamsburg
Excellence in Customer Service in Education & Training Birrelee MACS
Excellence in Customer Service in Health & Wellbeing 11:11 Yoga
Excellence in Customer Service in Professional Services - Small Rebel Heart Photography
Excellence in Customer Service in Professional Services – Large Telstra Business Technology Centre Northern NSW
Excellence in Customer Service in Hair &-or Beauty Urban Vogue Day Spa
Excellence in Customer Service Employment & Recruitment Workforce XS
Excellence in Customer Service in Motor Transport Sales/Service Leicht's Tyre & Auto
Excellence in Customer Service in Manufacturing/Construction/Rural Andromeda Industries
Excellence in Customer Service in Trades & Services Stain Busters
Excellence in Customer Service in Tourism, Sport & Entertainment Northwest Tennis Academy
Excellence in Community Involvement West Tamworth League Club
Excellence in Workplace Health & Safety Westpac Rescue Helicopter
Excellence in Mental Health Recovery Headspace
Excellence in Innovation AMPS Agribusiness Limited
Outstanding Employer of Choice Teys Australia
Excellence in Micro Business Designer Bunches
Excellence in Small Business Tamworth City Dance Academy
Excellence in Start Up Superstar Ben Coombes The Welders Dog
Outstanding Young Employee Libby Campbell - Everingham Solomons
Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Brooke Carrington - Myo & Barn
Outstanding Business Leader Lorraine Legge - Kirinari Community Services
Excellence in Business Obieco Industries
People's Choice Award Birrelee MACS
Noel Park Award John Muller

Influence customer hot zones

MON 19



All retail shops have their own 'hot', 'cold' and 'warm' spots which reflect the level of interest by customers.

You have the ability to influence customer traffic flow, keep hot spots hot and turning cold spots warm.

Here are some helpful tips:

  • The entrance to your shop is a hot spot for passing traffic.
  • Research suggests that the majority of customers turn left after entering a shop making this area a hot spot.
  • Cold spots tends to be at the back of a shop or an area hard to get to because of displays.
  • Display popular or essential items in your cold zones to make them warm
  • Your point-of-sale area is a hot zone to up-sell so be sure to display goods that encourage impulse buys
  • Warm spots include those areas around fitting rooms and mirrors so capitalise on them with accessories.
  • Department stores and supermarkets often arrange fixtures and display racks in a grid pattern to form aisles which direct traffic flow.
  • Giftware and fashion stores prefer a more flowing, random displays to more customers through the store
  • Regardless, always consider access for prams, wheelchairs and customers with vision impairment.

Tamworth Business Chamber in solid fiscal position

MON 26




MEDIA RELEASE: Tuesday 20th November 2018

Tamworth Business Chamber in solid fiscal position

The Tamworth Business Chamber is in an excellent fiscal position to continue growing member services and the Quality Business Awards for the 2018/2019 financial year.

Record financial sponsorship, highest ever attendance at the 2018 Quality Business Awards, a solid membership base and a progressive and supportive Board has contributed to this.

The Tamworth Business Chamber Board will remain unchanged for 2018/2019 with four nominations received for the four vacant positions on the 2018/2019 Board. The following Directors have been re-appointed to the Board. Ben Davies, Clint Coles, Fiona Burns and Jye Segboer. The Chamber Constitution Clause 17.4.3 states that when there is an equal amount of Board Nominations to corresponding available positions on the Board, then those candidates who are nominated shall be elected and the Chairperson of the AGM shall at the AGM declare the candidates nominated duly elected.

Tamworth Business Chamber President, Jye Segboer is thrilled with the consistency and stability that this provides.

“The current faith in the Chamber, as reflected in our 2018 Financial Statements, is a result of the support and direction of the current Board. A consistent, relevant and active Board driving the operational staff provides consistency and stability. We have an exceptional Board who are forward thinking, supportive and who each bring individual strengths and networks to the table.”

The 2018/2019 Tamworth Business Chamber Board of Directors are: Jye Segboer – President – CH Boutique Hotel (returning) Fiona Burns - private member (returning) Ben Davies – Quality Hotel Powerhouse (returning) Clint Coles - Everingham Solomons (returning) Isis Ashton – H & R Block (returning) Stephanie Cameron – East West Enviro Ag (returning) Sara Crowe – returning - C7even Communications(returning) Mark Woodley - Woodley’s Motors Tamworth (returning)

The Executive positions will be elected at the next Board Meeting, Tuesday 4th December 2018.

2018 Annual Report here

2018 Financial Statements here