Business finalists announced for Chamber awards

Business finalists announced for Chamber awards

Australia’s most prestigious Regional Business Awards have named more than 80 companies and individuals as finalists.

The 10 categories in the Hunter Business Awards, sponsored by The University of Newcastle, will be presented at a gala function on Friday, 5 August 2016.

Hunter Business Chamber President Ross Taggart said today that it was exciting to see a record number of finalists as the Chamber celebrates its 130th anniversary.

“The finalists reflect the diversity of business in the Hunter and the determination to succeed in a struggling economic climate,” Ross said.

This year finalists for all categories will be announced except for the Chamber’s own President’s Award. Awards will be presented for Hunter Water savers, small business and large business excellence, customer service, local chamber excellence, the contribution to the region and President’s award as well as individual awards for young business executive and business leader of the year.

“More than 500 people are expected to witness the presentations, with tickets selling quickly.”

Locally-based national business systems and compliance organisation, BusinessBasics Australia, has been named as finalists in three different categories and Executive Chairman, Adam McDean, says they are thrilled with the nominations.

“We’ve worked hard over the last few years and have seen a rapid expansion of our business,” Adam said. “During this period we have made a conscious effort to ensure we maintain a high level of customer service, as well as reviewing our business systems to ensure they continue to meet our needs.”

Another proud finalist is Experience Wealth, founded by Managing Director, Adele Martin.

“The whole team at Experience Wealth are excited to be finalists in the awards,” Adele said. “The business started three years ago with just me and has now grown to a team of five.”

“As our business has grown and expanded so has our brand. We had a name change this year to Experience Wealth (previously Firefly Wealth) as this name really says what we do – we help clients under 45 years of age experience wealth in their lives.”

The 2016 Hunter Business Award Finalists are as below:

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Beyond Ballooning

BusinessBasics Australia

Chapman Valley Horse Riding

Country Affair

Experience Wealth

Fighter World

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Helloworld Newcastle Corporate

Hunter Financial

Inurban Properties

Keystone Lawyers

Mara Consulting 

Michel’s Patisserie Toronto

Mills-Eaton Training

MV Solar

Newcastle Security

QMS Certification Services

R&R Murphy Pty Ltd


TFC Services

The Kent Hotel

Total Balance Chiropractic

Transformational Group Pty Ltd


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Crowne Plaza Newcastle

Jayco Newcastle

Lifestyle Cleaning Services

MCA Engineering Group

Mortels Sheepskin Factory

Newcastle Permanent

Nexus Law Group

Nurses Now

Pulse Mining Systems

RTC Group

West Tankers – Onsite Refuelling Services


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Arrive First Class Hummers and Limousines

BusinessBasics Australia

Clarence Town Licensed Post Office (LPO)

Hungerford Hill Wines

Hunter Financial


LJ Hooker Cessnock – Kurri Kurri

Michel’s Patisserie Toronto

QMS Certification Services

Rollingball Productions

The Place: Charlestown Community Centre


Proudly sponsored by Pacific National

Crowne Plaza Newcastle

Earp Bros – Innovative Tile Solutions

Nurses Now

Trish Sellars Cleaning & Support Services


Proudly sponsored by Pitcher Partners Newcastle & Hunter

Bulahdelah Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Inc.

Dungog District Chamber of Commerce

Scone Chamber of Commerce Inc.

Singleton Business Chamber



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13CABS Newcastle

APD Power

Hunter Stadium

Job Centre Australia Ltd

Laing O’Rourke


nib health funds

Orica Kooragang Island

PKF Newcastle

Varley Group



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Aaron Goadsby

Adam Ray

Ashleigh John

Cristen Cable

Elissa Mead

Gavin Murray

Jaimie Abbott

Joel Pettigrew


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Adam McDean

Ann Bartlett

Kirsten Molloy

Larry Urdarov

Laurinda Pericleous

Lesleigh Adie

Marcus McCarthy

Michael Slater

Trish Sellers


Proudly sponsored by Hunter Water Corporation

Finalists still to be announced


Proudly presented by Hunter Business Chamber

The recipient of this award is chosen by the Hunter Business Chamber President.
Entries are not required.

Business Hunter

Business Hunter is the new name for the organisation formerly known as the Hunter Business Chamber. We are the largest regional peak business group in Australia, representing members across all business and industry sectors. Business Hunter is a not-for-profit member organisation dedicated to connecting people in business with what they need to succeed.

We have been the voice of business in the Hunter since 1886. Our members are part of a network of more than 2,500 businesses across the region. That network includes members of 20 aligned local chambers across 10 local government areas, stretching from the Mid North Coast to Lake Macquarie and inland to Scone. From main-street retailers to ASX 100 corporates, our member businesses power Australia's strongest regional economy. 

The name Business Hunter was adopted in February 2020 to better reflect the vibrant and diverse businesses the organisation represents. The new name also aligns with our affiliates Business NSW and Business Australia.

Business Hunter has been through a number of name changes; what has never changed is our commitment to helping our members do business better, to drive growth and prosperity in the Hunter region.

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