The New England North West Business Awards were presented on Friday night at Petersen’s Winery in Armidale.
Working hard to help their clients through their life journey and achieve their dreams, Invest Blue was named the 2018 Regional Business of the Year at the awards night hosted by the NSW Business Chamber.
Taking in Guyra, Gunnedah, Inverell, Armidale, Tamworth, Glenn Innes, Tenterfield, the New England North West Business Awards celebrate business excellence across a diverse region of the state.
“With one of the worst droughts in 50 years, mixed with political turbulence, when politicking seems to trump good policy, it’s as important that as a community we come together to celebrate the achievements of our businesses, and the teams which produce and deliver this excellence,” Joe Townsend, regional manager of the NSW Business Chamber, said on the night.
“The near 50 business who exceeded the judges gateway scores should be immensely proud.”
The 2018 New England North West Business Awards showcased the diverse array of talent in the region’s business community.
Employer of Choice and Regional Business of the Year, Invest Blue was a standout with company values of elated clients, thinking differently, not accepting excuses and celebrating the wins.
“This year’s winners should feel incredibly proud to be named as the region’s leading business for 2018,” Mr Townsend said.
“And we wish them every success when they go to compete against winners from the 16 other regions across NSW at the NSW Business Chamber State Business Awards later this year.”
The evening was hosted by Logie winner Kerri-Anne Kennerley, who had her Logie Hall of Fame award on hand throughout the evening, much to the delight of the largest crowd to attend a regional business awards night.
All the winners:
2018 Outstanding Young Employee: Sam Uphill, Laser Electrical Armidale
2018 Outstanding Young Entrepreneur: Brooke Patriquin, Li’l Achievers Early Learning Centre, Gunnedah
2018 Outstanding Business Leader: Bronwyn Pearson, Pinnacle People Solutions, Armidale
2018 Excellence in Small Business: U Goose, Guyra
2018 Excellence in Business: Mannion Drilling, Gunnedah
2018 Excellence in Innovation: Birth Beat, Tamworth
2018 Excellence in Export: Lively Linseed Products, Mullaley
2018 Excellence in Sustainability: Raw Fibre, Armidale
Excellence in Social Enterprise: BackTrack Youth Works, Armidale
2018 Start Up Superstar: Portable Horse Stables, Tamworth
2018 Excellence in Workplace Inclusion: HealthWISE New England North West, Armidale
2018 Outstanding Employer of Choice: Invest Blue
2018 Local Chamber of Commerce: Gunnedah and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry