Newcastle Businessman and Scratchleys Restaurant Manager Neil Slater, was presented with the Hunter Business Chamber’s Business Leader of the Year Award on Friday night, by sponsor CPA Australia.
The awards were presented at a gala dinner sponsored by GradSchool and attended by around 500 business people from across the Region.
Chamber CEO, Kristen Keegan said that Neil was a shining example of the calibre of leaders the Hunter business community is home to.
“The Hunter is home to many individuals and organisations that represent the wider diversity and success of this region,” Kristen said. “They continue to demonstrate the high standard of ability and innovation that the Hunter has become well known for.”
In presenting the President’s Award to Quarry Mining, Chamber President Ross Taggart commented on their long term commitment to the Hunter and beyond.
“This award is recognition of the significant role Quarry Mining has played in our regional and wider economies and the history of local manufacturing over 30 years,” Ross said.
Specialised Geo was named by Newcastle Herald as winner of the award for Excellence in Small Business (-20 employees) and SRO Group was awarded the Excellence in Business (20+ employees) award by NSW Minerals Council.
Hunter Plastic Surgery was named by the Greater Building Society as the winner of the Customer Service (-20 employees) award and Jayco Newcastle won the Pacific National sponsored award for Customer Service (20+ employees).
The Local Chamber of Commerce Award, sponsored by Pitcher Partners, was awarded to Dungog District Chamber of Commerce while Port Waratah Coal Services won the Port Authority of NSW sponsored award for Contribution to the Region.
Kristen said the judges had commented on the outstanding achievement of finalists in all categories.
“The winners clearly demonstrate yet again why this region remains a powerhouse economy,’ she said.
Image | Greg Farrow (Pitcher Partners), Grant Gilfillan (The Port Authority of NSW), Amber Moncrieff (Hunter Plastic Surgery), Hennie du Plooy (Port Waratah Coal Services), Jennifer Lewis (Dungog District Chamber of Commerce), Matthew Hingston (Greater Building Society), Marion Stuart (Dungog District Chamber of Commerce), Stephen Cowan (Pacific National), Kristen Keegan (CEO, Hunter Business Chamber), Damian Charleson (Jayco Newcastle), Ross Taggart (President, Hunter Business Chamber)
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With more than 1800 members, the Hunter Business Chamber is the largest regional business chamber in Australia and represents the collective interests of a diverse range of sectors across the Region.
The Chamber provides members with a range of services from advocacy and business advice to information and networking opportunities.
Business support is vital in today's economic climate and our primary goal is to assist and represent the needs of businesses in our community.
The Chamber is committed to partnering with all industries in ensuring the ongoing growth and sustainability of the Hunter Region.