2016 Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards Presented

2016 Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards Presented

This year the Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards received almost 200 nominations for their 27 categories. From this there were 67 finalists named, with the winners announced on Friday, 23 September 2016.

Business of the Year was awarded to Taste of the Country, who had earlier in the night taken out the Hospitality and Tourism award.

Taste of the Country is a café and retail outlet located at the Hunter Valley Gardens, which has been operating for over 15 years.

Hunter Region BEC Manager, Kerry Hallett said that the judges worked hard throughout August to come to their final decisions.

“The standard of applications was exceptional,” Kerry said. “Businesses were reviewed by three judges – two who read the applications and scored twelve questions for a maximum of 95 points each. The site visits accounted for up to 55 of the overall marks, scored over eight areas.”

This year the event was held at Club Maitland City in Rutherford, with Andrew Hughes as MC and Markey Lane as the entertainment for the evening.

Please see below for a full list of winners.

Image | Taste of the Country award winners

Hunter Region BEC

The Hunter Region BEC is one of over 100 BEC's that operate nationally to provide new and existing micro, small and medium business clients with practical assistance in business planning, advice on marketing, budgeting and cash flow.

The assistance offered by the Hunter Region BEC is independent and confidential. Fees are cost-effective and affordable. HRBEC can assist in the areas of the establishment of new small business enterprises and existing small to medium enterprises who are experiencing issues, want to grow , or just want to be better.

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