2011 Armidale Business Awards

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Nominations are now open for the prestigious 2011 Business Awards, hosted by Armidale District Business Chamber. This year’s awards will be presented at a Gala Event on 4 November 2011 and will celebrate the excellence, quality and creativity of businesses from across the region.

ADBC launches 2011 Business Awards.

Have you been impressed by the quality of a particular business this year? Do you think they should be acknowledged? Have you noticed a business that is trying something new? Is this business in Armidale, Guyra, Uralla or Walcha? Or anywhere in between?

Nominations are now open for the prestigious 2011 Business Awards, hosted by Armidale District Business Chamber.

This year’s awards will be presented at a Gala Event on 4 November 2011 and will celebrate the excellence, quality and creativity of businesses from across the region.

There are new categories for 2011, including a Creative Industries award and separate awards for Tourism, Accommodation, Pubs and Clubs, and Cafés and Restaurants.

The 2011 Awards will also feature the highly respected Business Innovation Award, The New England Enterprising Woman of the Year and of course, the coveted Business of the Year Award.

All categories are judged by a panel of judges, who will be looking for the unique qualities of the nominated businesses and what truly sets them apart. This might be an innovative product, attention to quality relationship building with clients, or perhaps the development and adoption of technology to improve efficiencies.

Steve Richie, from 2010 Business of the Year, Phoenix Foundry, said accepting the Award was a very proud moment and that the recognition for the hard work they all put in was greatly appreciated. Described by judges as a “dynamic, innovative and internationally competitive company”, the Uralla based Foundry demonstrated the qualities the Armidale District Business Chamber wishes to promote and encourage throughout the region.

The Business Awards celebration has become an important event on the Armidale Business calendar and gives exposure to the wealth of business expertise and quality products and services thriving in the region.

Last year’s Awards really set a benchmark that The Chamber would be delighted to meet in 2011. We had a record number of excellent nominations last year, and the presentation night sold out in only a few days, which was a great thrill. Our main aim is to try to make the Awards evening a true celebration of local business and a fun and rewarding event for everyone.

The Awards also provide an exciting opportunity to network and link up with other local business people and to hear their stories: their challenges and their achievements.

In past years, the ABC’s James O’Loghlin has been the guest MC and while James won’t be hosting proceedings again in 2011, there will be a (yet to be announced) special guest who will take on the MC role for the evening (which will also feature local entertainment, food and wine).

This year, nominations can be made by filling in the online form available on the Chamber’s website www.armidalechamber.com.au

And you only need to nominate once, as all awards are decided by a judging panel and not by how many nominations a business might receive.

So start thinking about which businesses deserve to be recognised and get your nominations in – you have until Friday 30 September.

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