The Hunter’s business awards season opens with a bang

The Hunter’s business awards season opens with a bang

Hunter Business Chamber’s Chief Executive Officer, Bob Hawes has announced that the 2018 business awards program across the region is in full-swing.

“The Hunter Business Awards, the centrepiece of the region’s business awards and the Hunter’s largest awards program, seek to highlight the important contributions Chamber members make to the local, national and global business communities,” Bob said.

“The Chamber’s long-standing award program is known for celebrating the achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of our region’s most inspiring organisations and individuals. Awards will be presented in 15 categories at this year’s ceremony.

“This year sees the Hunter Business Awards program revamped and improved with more categories, to reflect the continuing diversity and growth of business across the region.

Entries are invited for the following 13 categories:

  • Kristen Keegan Young Business Executive, sponsored by Quarry Mining & Construction Equipment;
  • Outstanding Young Entrepreneur, sponsored by Greater Bank;
  • Business Leader of the Year, sponsored by CPA Australia;
  • Excellence in Small Business, sponsored by Newcastle Herald;
  • Excellence in Business, sponsored by NSW Mineral Council;
  • Excellence in Social Enterprise;
  • Start-up Superstar;
  • Excellence in Innovation, sponsored by Pitcher Partners;
  • Excellence in Sustainability, sponsored by Umwelt;
  • Excellence in Export, sponsored by Port of Newcastle;
  • Outstanding Employer of Choice, sponsored by Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group;
  • Local Chamber of Commerce, presented by Hunter Business Chamber;
  • Contribution to the Region, sponsored by Port Authority of New South Wales

The program will also include the Hunter Water Savers Award, sponsored by Hunter Water, and the President’s Award. Entries for the Hunter Water Savers Award should be made directly to Hunter Water. Entries for the President’s Award are not required.

Selected winners from the Hunter Business Awards will progress to the NSW Business Chamber State Business Awards, scheduled for 23 November.

Compass Housing Services’ Greg Budworth, last year’s Business Leader of the Year, is encouraging local leaders to participate in the awards.

“I encourage leaders within the commercial and profit-for-purpose sectors to participate and showcase the region’s depth and diversity of skill, talent and leadership,” Greg said.

“Thanks to the Hunter Business Chamber and their commitment to this region’s development, its businesses and organisations as well as the sponsors who facilitate this excellent event.”

Entries for the Hunter Business Awards will close on 8 June and winners will be announced at the Hunter Business Awards Dinner at NEX in Newcastle on 10 August.

Local chambers of commerce from all around the region have again partnered with the Hunter Business Chamber, and have aligned their awards programs for the benefit of their members and regions.

Bob said that the Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards and Singleton Outstanding Business Awards are now open.

“Further, the Dungog District Chamber of Commerce Business Awards has now openedand the Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry Awards will soon be open,” Bob said.

“These programs acknowledge the work of organisations and individuals who are leading the way in making their local communities a place where business and commerce thrive. I urge eligible businesses to enter these programs today.”

IMAGE |Compass Housing Services’ Greg Budworth, last year’s Business Leader of the Year.

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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