A Gunnedah business has been shortlisted in NSW Fair Trading’s state-wide I Love My Local Business competition.
A happy customer has nominated Jason and Kerrie Bush’s Gunnedah Koala Taxis, a popular local business because “they provided Gunnedah's first wheelchair taxi service”.
“They have enabled the elderly members of our town who live in the nursing homes to feel as though they are part of the community again,” said Matthew Withers.
“Jason and Kerrie just keep plugging along, intent on providing excellence with every trip for every customer.”
Gunnedah Koala Taxis is one of just 25 NSW local businesses to be shortlisted in the competition, where consumers nominate their favourite local business via a 60 words or less entry on the Fair Trading Facebook page.
Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe is now inviting people to vote on the shortlist at: www.facebook.com/FairTradingNSW
“The entry with the most votes wins $250, the People’s Choice award,” Mr Stowe said.
“Voting closes midnight, October 25 and the person who nominated the business receives the prize and the business is promoted on the Fair Trading Facebook page and website.
“An independent judging panel will decide five other winners from across the state.
“Winners will be announced in early November,” Mr Stowe added.
Mr Stowe said the agency had been overwhelmed with hundreds of entries from consumers keen to share their good experiences with local businesses.
“The competition is a great way to show how Fair Trading supports all aspects of local communities, including local businesses,” he said.
“While we sometimes have cause to name and shame businesses doing the wrong thing, this competition celebrates good business practice in NSW.”
Small Business Commissioner Yasmin King said she was honoured to be one of the competition’s judges.
“It can be hard work running a great local business. My office welcomes initiatives that celebrate local businesses for their excellent service and support for the community,” Ms King said.
“Local businesses play an invaluable role in NSW.
“Communities with a strong connection among local residents and businesses are more resilient and these awards are a great way for the community to come together.”
Other shortlisted entries in the I Love My Local Business competition include Skinz Spray Tanning in Wyoming, Evolution Cafe & Wine Bar in Ballina and Aussie Sapphire in Glenn Innes.
See a full list of the finalists and exercise your vote at: www.facebook.com/FairTradingNSW