With the countdown to the announcement of the regional business awards underway, local businesses are kicking goals on the state and national playing fields.
It is a very busy time of the year for us here on the Mid North Coast, with the winners of the Regional Business Awards to be announced on Friday (25 August) at Rydges.
This year we have 65 finalists across 12 categories, so the Regional Awards will be a very big night!
These awards are a culmination of a number of local Chamber’s award events, which are aligned with NSW Business Chamber. These include:
- MidCoast Business Awards
- Macleay Valley Business Awards
- Sunny’s Business Awards (Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce)
- The Holiday Coast Credit Union Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards (Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce)
I would like to thank all of the local chambers for supporting our award program.
The winners of the Regional Awards will go through to compete in the State Awards in Sydney on 17 November. In previous years we have seen many of our regional winners go on to win at the State level; this is great recognition for the region, for the business and their customers.
Ross Cargill from Port Macquarie’s Men at Work, who won the “Young Business Executive” award at the State awards in 2014, told me recently that winning at this level not only “expanded the business’ dynamic capabilities” but also “raised the bar of our own self expectation”.
Since winning, the business has continued to go from strength-to-strength and is a local success story.
Congratulations also to another of our members, Hastings Co-op’s, which just scooped five gold, silver and bronze medals in the prestigious Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards for their Bago Bluff condiments, capping off a dream run for the rapidly growing range. If you don’t already know it, the Bago Bluff range is a great example of a local business offering a range of quality products that showcase the best locally-grown produce and raw ingredients. It also utilises local manufacturing, which benefits the local economy and employment.