Award Categories

Business of the Year
Sponsored by the Tenterfield Chamber of Tourism, Industry & Business

Business of the Year will be awarded to the overall outstanding business, who will be selected by a panel of judges from the finalists. This award recognises a business that is a leader in successful, sustainable business practices, has strategic business planning and monitoring methods in place, offers quality customer service, provides staff development opportunities and offers innovative solutions.

Apprentice / Trainee of the Year
Sponsored by the Australian Apprenticeships Centre

This award is open for businesses to nominate an apprentice or trainee who has shown excellent progress in training, approach to the job and performance. This award recognises the individual’s overall performance.

Employee of the Year
Sponsored by Ray White Rural

This award is open for businesses to nominate an employee who has demonstrated exceptional reliability, quality of work, initiative and professionalism. This award recognises the individual’s overall performance.

Event of the Year
Sponsored by the Tenterfield Star

This award is open to all business and tourism events. Events may be one-off or recurring and must positively promote the region and community. Business events should reflect the culture and identity of the host organisation, and nominations should demonstrate the event achieved the business outcomes. Tourism events must create a substantial economic impact within the local community and demonstrate the attendance of visitors from out of town.

Excellence in Agribusiness
Sponsored by The Hon Thomas George MP

This award recognises businesses that demonstrate excellence in operational practices and services within the agribusiness sector. Businesses must demonstrate sound and sustainable business practices, be a leader in the field and innovative in problem solving.

Excellence in Agriculture
Sponsored by Mountain Blue Farms

This award recognises primary producers, businesses and organisations who deliver excellence in service, product and/or operational practices within the Agricultural Industry.  Businesses must demonstrate sound and sustainable business practices, be a leader in the field and innovative in problem solving.

Excellence in Customer Service
Sponsored by Rosenhof German Cafe

This award is open to all businesses who have delivered outstanding customer service. Businesses must demonstrate consistent, quality customer service, be friendly and courteous and show a willingness to go above and beyond expectation.

Excellence in Hospitality
Sponsored by Kristen Lovett Accounting Services

This award is open to all businesses in the hospitality industry, including cafes, restaurants, bars and caterers. Businesses must demonstrate excellence in customer service and an innovative approach to marketing and promotions, as well as business growth.

Excellence in Innovation
Sponsored by Tenterfield Shire Council

This award recognises a business that has achieved measurable success and made significant contributions to their industry through innovation. Applicants should demonstrate significant innovation in business practices, methods, products and services or technology, which has given a competitive edge in the market place.

Excellence in Manufacturing and/or Construction
Sponsored by Ten FM

This award is open to businesses in the construction, building services or manufacturing sectors. Businesses must demonstrate excellence in operations, a strong commitment to their workforce and a sustainable, competitive and innovative approach to business methods.

Excellence in Retail
Sponsored by NORTEC

This award is open to all shop-front and online retail sales businesses. Businesses must demonstrate excellence in customer service, business growth and innovative marketing and promotion methods. Businesses must also encourage staff training and development and show consistency in merchandising, pricing and opening hours.

NOTE: Businesses may only apply for one of the following categories – Service Industries, Financial & Legal Services, Health, Fitness & Beauty.

Excellence in Service Industries
Sponsored by Cameron Bolton Interiors

This award is open to all businesses who demonstrate excellence in services of a professional nature. Service Industries eligible for this category include technical, child care, real estate and education. Nominations in this category must demonstrate excellence in services provided and innovative and efficient methods of service delivery.

Excellence in Financial and Legal Services
Sponsored by Regional Australia Bank

This award is open to all businesses in the financial and legal services industry who demonstrate excellence in service delivery and customer service.

Excellence in Health, Beauty & Fitness
Sponsored by Peter & Kate Petty

This award is open to all businesses in the health, beauty or fitness industries, including, but not limited to, fitness facilities, parks and gardens, instructors and personal trainers, hairdressers, beauticians, medical centres, chiropractors, pharmacies, dentists, doctors, who demonstrate excellence in service delivery and customer service.

Excellence in Tourism
Sponsored by Rebel Media

This award is open to all businesses in the tourism industry, including attraction operators, who market to visitors outside of the district and significantly contribute to the tourism experience in the region. Businesses must demonstrate high quality customer service, a unique experience offering, an innovative approach to business growth and excellence in marketing and promotions.

Excellence in Accommodation
Sponsored by The Tourism Group

This award is open to accommodation providers who demonstrate a high quality customer service, a unique experience offering, an innovative approach to business growth and excellence in marketing and promotions.

 

Disability, Inclusion & Access Award
Sponsored by Best Employment

This Award recognises individuals and organisations who are aware of all of the access needs of people living with disability and cater their business towards these needs. This includes the physical layout of a business, quality customer service, education and training. This award will be judged by members of the Disability Inclusion  Access Committee.

People’s Choice Award
Sponsored by Best Employment

This award is open to all businesses in the Tenterfield Shire, and the winner will be determined by popular vote. Encourage your customers and visitors to get voting, either online or at the Tenterfield Visitor Information Centre. To nominate your business for the poll, contact Caitlin Reid. Voting opens on Monday 15th May 2017 and closes on Monday 31st July, and the winner will be announced at the Gala Dinner.