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Business Excellence Awards Media Release

- posted by Yale Morgan



MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: 9.30am Wednesday 5th April – outside Auswide Bank Branch, Barolin Street (ground floor of Auswide Bank Building)

The Bundaberg Regional Chambers of Commerce 2017 Business Excellence Awards have been taken to a new level with the announcement of Auswide Bank as major sponsor of the Business of the Year Award.

Bundaberg and District Chamber of Commerce President Yale Morgan said it was a great show of support by Auswide Bank. “Auswide Bank is such an iconic local business that now does business around Australia and it is very gratifying that they are sponsoring this year’s Business of the Year Award” Yale said. “Auswide certainly backs businesses, as well as the community, and this sponsorship is testament to that support”.

Auswide Bank CEO Martin Barrett said he was delighted that Auswide Bank is able to support the Bundaberg Chamber’s Business Awards. “As a bank with its foundations in Bundaberg it is fantastic to support the Chamber in recognising the abundance of business talent we have in the region” Martin said. “Business innovation and growth is essential for the region as its implication is jobs growth and economic prosperity”.

Nominations are now open for the Business Excellence Awards. Businesses can nominate themselves, or anyone can nominate a local business that demonstrates outstanding initiative, achievement and dedication, along with a commitment to the Bundaberg Region.

Yale Morgan said the Awards had been expanded this year to include tourism awards. “We are delighted that Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism have come on board this year” Yale said. “There is 5 tourism categories this year, to recognize the tremendous part tourism plays in our economy and business community”.

BNBT General Manager Katherine Reid said that entering into the Business Awards is a fantastic benchmarking tool. “The awards process gives you the incredible opportunity to take a step back and look at what you’ve achieved throughout the year, and also assist in business planning for the following year” Katherine said. “BNBT are thrilled to be partnering with the Bundaberg and District Chambers to include the additional tourism specific categories this year. We have ensured that they align with the State Tourism Awards, to encourage our remarkable tourism businesses to take that next step to also enter their product into the Queensland Awards.”

17 categories will be awarded with one outstanding business being named Auswide Bank Business of the Year:

• New Business of the Year

• Micro / Home Based Business of the Year

• Agribusiness of the Year

• Retail Business of the Year

• Professional Services Business of the Year

• Personal Services Business of the Year

• Tourism Visitor Attractions Business Of The Year

• Tourism Accommodation Business of The Year

• Tourism Culinary Tourism Business Of The Year

• Tourism Festivals and Events Business of the Year

• Tourism New Business Of The Year

• Trades Business Of The Year

• Industrial & Manufacturing Business of the Year

• Health and Well Being Business of the Year

• Community Organisation of the Year

Nominations close Friday 28th April at Bundaberg Chamber dot com dot au and all nominated businesses will be given a nomination pack and the chance to attend a free Information Session with hints and tips on filling out their Nomination.

The FREE "how to" sessions will be held at the office of Just Us Realty U4 42 Johanna Blvd and will be run by Jude Parkinson with a hands-on, practical approach. Available dates are Wednesday 5th April 6pm to 8pm, Saturday 8th April 2pm to 4pm and Wednesday 12th April 6pm to 8pm. To book, phone or SMS Jude on 0414 261 707 with contact details and preferred session.

Judging will be done by independent judges appointed by Bundaberg Chamber of Commerce. The Awards ceremony will be on Saturday, May 27th. For more details on the Awards please contact: Sharon Philp, Award Co-ordinator on 0404 192 600 or email: .


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