For Immediate Release
Tamworth Business Chamber and the Tamworth branch of the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) have joined forces to deliver a mental health message.
Clyde Rathbone will be the special guest speaker at the Tamworth Business Chamber’s October breakfast event - Thursday 5th October, 7am, Quality Hotel Powerhouse.
Australian Rugby Union player Clyde Rathbone, retired from the sport in 2014 and co-founded Karma.wiki, an online community sharing open letters as a way to learn about people. Karma.wiki is a social network built on meaningful human connections.
Not without his own demons, Clyde Rathbone will share his own story, the idea behind karma.wiki and talk about the importance of close connections and good relationships in our community and individual workplaces.
Tamworth Business Chamber Marketing and Membership Manager, Jill Stewart said, “We are thrilled to have someone of Clyde’s stature as our guest speaker for our October event. Mental health within our community and the stigma associated it with, is a huge issue. R U OK day last week, showed just how important having conversation and connection is.”
“With more demands on time, greater financial pressures and an increased number of people working from home, often in isolation, loneliness is a real issue. We want to encourage these people to attend, but also everyone who works in small business or a large organisation. Just because you sit next to someone every day, doesn’t mean you are connecting. It’s easy to hide away at work.”
Kate Arndell, (RAMHP) added “It’s time we started considering our mental health as important as our physical health. “
Tickets to the event are on sale now via the Chamber website http://tamworth.org.au/events/upcoming-events/mental-health-with-clyde-rathbone/ or by calling 02 6766 4810.
Tuesday 5th September 2017
Tamworth Business Chamber has today announced that the closure of the Northern end of Peel St during 2018 Tamworth Country Music Festival (TCMF) is back on the agenda.
Despite the efforts of a small dedicated group of retailers and the Tamworth Business Chamber, a large number of businesses in the block failed to commit their support in the Chamber’s efforts to manage activity in the Northern Peel St block during Festival.
Tamworth Business Chamber President Jye Segboer said it was disappointing that attempts to get support has not been forthcoming and this is not a decision that has been made lightly.
“As a Chamber, we felt the need to step up on behalf of the affected businesses after hearing some compelling facts about Festival trading in the precinct and the Council’s decision to open the block to traffic. Together, we lobbied hard to get the motion passed for the block to remain closed during Festival.”
“We certainly did not wish to see local retailers suffer financially should the street be opened.”
“Our offer of support to Council was always contingent on a small financial contribution from the businesses in the block to assist in procuring entertainment, stage management and associated promotional activity.”
“Council were only ever going to provide the road closure infrastructure and it was up to us as a Chamber and the businesses in the block to work together,” added Mr Segboer.
Mr Segboer said, that as a membership based organisation, relying solely on members and sponsors, that he would not misuse these funds.
“There are currently only 8 Chamber members in the Northern Peel St block and even less agreed to support the Chamber’s efforts to keep the block closed”.
“Our role as a Chamber is to support and advocate for local business and we did this. Without support from the businesses, I cannot justify the misappropriation of our loyal members and sponsors funds.”
For the past 2 years, Council has had a written financial commitment from 24 businesses. When Chamber fought for those businesses, the expectation was that the financial commitment would remain.
“We were only asking businesses to commit to $50 a day over the 10 day Festival. If what we were hearing from these operators was correct - that they could potentially lose up to 60% of their trade during this time – the small financial commitment is not a large amount.”
“We also clearly communicated that we would refund any monies if we were not successful in getting enough support and that we would work to find a sponsor, with the intention of returning their contributions if viable.”
“It wasn’t ever really about the money, it was more about getting a commitment from the businesses to allow the Chamber to dedicate the time and resources to help them.”
The Chamber therefore has no option, but to hand the management of the block back to Council.
FRIDAY 4TH AUGUST
Winners of the 2017 Quality Business Awards Announced
The 2017 Quality Business Awards has tonight capped off a stellar year for local business. A record 800 people celebrated business excellence at the sold out gala event at TRECC.
It was local airline MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) business Sigma Aerospace’s night, winning three awards including Excellence in Business, an individual award for Business Leader, Matthew Wheatley and the coveted Regional Business Award. This is the first time Sigma Aerospace has won a Quality Business Award.
Tamworth Business Chamber President Jye Segboer, said the success of the Awards showed a boosted confidence with the Chamber’s general business activities and attributed much of the success to the new judging process.
“The 2017 Quality Business Awards would not be possible without the support of a record number of businesses in our region that have sponsored the awards this year. We’ve seen a 70% increase in sponsorship commitment since last year and for the first time have secured a three year major sponsor for the Quality Business Awards in Tamworth Regional Council.”
“We also believe that one of the reasons there is such a positive response to the Awards this year is the new judging process. Independent judging has led to greater transparency and confidence in the Chamber’s approach. Announcing the finalists prior to the awards and making the judges reports available to all nominated businesses has played a major role in the success of this year’s Awards.
It provides an opportunity for individual businesses to benchmark against themselves and other businesses – an important aspect of business growth and sustainability.”
The 2017 Quality Business Awards saw 29 categories, judged by over 60 independent judges. Entering the Awards offers businesses a chance to build their profile and brand awareness as well as motivate staff, improve relationships with customers and suppliers and strengthen their position in the business community.
Tamworth Region Mayor Col Murray welcomed this year’s change to the Awards process and Council’s involvement, saying it was a natural fit towards continued economic growth and development within the Tamworth region.
“Our ongoing support of the Chamber is due to the great work they do to ensure local businesses have a support network that allows them to remain vibrant and dynamic. We believe the Awards also provide support to our retail sector which in turn plays an important role in the Region’s economy by preventing the leakage of money out of the area.”
“As a former business owner, I believe the Awards are a fantastic benchmarking tool. It’s a tremendous opportunity to take a step back and look at what you’ve achieved throughout the year, and it can also assist in business planning for the new financial year.”
The Noel Park Award, named in honour of the late Noel Park who served as the Member for Tamworth for many years, is awarded to an individual from the Tamworth region that has created an impact in the local business community through their ongoing commitment to the growth and improvement of services, industry or business. The 2017 Noel Park Award recipient is Peter Pulley.
“Mr Pulley is a deserving winner of the Noel Park Award” said Mr Segboer “He has served and supported the Tamworth region and local business community with innovation, and passion for over four decades.”
Winners, who are Chamber members, of the ten categories aligned to the NSW Business Chamber Awards will progress to the finals of the Regional Awards, to be held in Gunnedah on Friday 1st September.
Full image gallery - Tamworth Business Chamber Facebook Page.
2017 QUALITY BUSINESS AWARDS FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Excellence in Customer Service in Retail (Small) – Volcania Art Glass
Excellence in Customer Service in Retail (Large) – Choices Flooring Tamworth
Excellence in Customer Service in Accommodation – Peel Inn Hotel
Excellence in Customer Service in – Food & Beverage (Small) - Econolodge - Frog & Toad Restaurant
Excellence in Customer Service in Food & Beverage (Large) – Addimi Espresso
Excellence in Customer Service in Employment, Education & Training – Goodstart Early Learning Brisbane St
Excellence in Customer Service in Health & Wellbeing – Connect Hearing
Excellence in Customer Service in Professional Services – Countrywide Legal & Business Services
Excellence in Customer Service in Hair and Beauty – Tranquillity on Marius Day Spa
Excellence in Customer Service in Trades & Services – Haynes Pest Management
Excellence in Customer Service in Manufacturing/Construction and Rural – Lysaght
Excellence in Customer Service in Motor Transport – Roberts’ Mechanical & Alignment Centre
Excellence in Customer Service in Tourism, Sport & Entertainment – Northern Inland Academy of Sport
Excellence in Community Involvement – Single Builders
Excellence in Workplace Health & Safety - Goodwin Kenny
Excellence in Mental Health Recovery – Tamworth Family Support Service
Defence Reserves Supportive Employer Award - Tamara Private Hospital
Excellence in Innovation – BAE Systems
Excellence in Sustainability - McDonalds Tamworth
Employer of Choice – Tamworth Community College
Excellence in Small Business - United Taekwondo
Excellence in Business – Sigma Aerospace
Startup Superstar – Goonoo Goonoo Station
Excellence in Social Enterprise - Cancer Council NSW
Business Leader – Matthew Wheatley
Young Business Executive – Kellie Mackney
Young Entrepreneur – Jane Brennan
Regional Business of the Year – Sigma Aerospace
Noel Park Award – Peter Pulley
- ENDS –
Friday 14th July 2017
2017 Quality Business Awards Finalists Announced
Tamworth Business Chamber has today announced the Finalists for the 2017 Quality Business Awards. This is the first time Finalists have been announced prior to the Awards night.
Tamworth Business Chamber President Jye Segboer said the 2017 Quality Business Awards gala event highlights excellence and leadership in business in our great Tamworth region and announcing the finalists ahead of the Awards provides a great opportunity for Finalists and their business networks to really get behind one another.
“After an intensive nomination and judging process, we can’t wait to showcase those in our business community who go above and beyond in their business. Entering the Awards gives businesses a chance to build their profile, motivate staff, improve relationships with customers and suppliers and strengthen their position in the business community.”
Tamworth Business Chamber unveiled the new look 2017 Quality Business Awards earlier this year, promising greater transparency, improved technologies, finalists announcement prior to the Awards and clearer categories. The Chamber is already seeing the benefits of the new Awards process.
“We made some progressive changes to the Awards process this year to ensure all local businesses, large or small, feel supported to enter and the positive widespread results are reflected in the Finalists announced today.” said Mr Segboer.
“There were over 60 independent judges engaged to judge the awards with each category having 2 judges and the larger categories having 3 judges which meant businesses were mystery shopped or reviewed up to 3 times by independent judges ensuring an absolute non biased platform. Our largest category this year had 50 entrants so to make it as a finalist is an amazing achievement in customer service.”
The 2017 Quality Business Awards has been strengthened by having Tamworth Regional Council and a record number of sponsors on board and the Chamber is promising a terrific night of recognition, reward and entertainment with Country Music superstar Adam Brand providing the afterparty entertainment.
The 2017 Quality Business Awards, will be held on Friday 4th August 2017, 6.30pm at TRECC.
Tickets to the Awards are on sale now and selling fast.
For more information and to book tickets to the Awards visit http www.tamworth.org.au or contact the Tamworth Business Chamber on 02 6766 4810.
2017 Quality Business Awards Finalists
Announcing 8 finalists from each of the Excellence in Customer Service Categories who scored the highest in their chosen category.
Excellence in Customer Service – Retail Small
Bakers Delight Shoppingworld
Easy Living Footwear
Hip Pockets Workwear and Safety Tamworth
Volcania Art Glass
Excellence in Customer Service – Retail Large
Peel Valley Tiles & Ceramics Pty Ltd
Ruralco Property Davidson Cameron Real Estate
Skye’s Organics Pty Ltd
Specsavers Optometrists Tamworth
Tamworth Rural (Pursehouse)
Telstra Store Tamworth
Excellence in Customer Service in Hospitality – Accommodation
Best Western Plus All Settlers Motor Inn
Best Western Sanctuary Inn
Fossickers Tourist Park
McNevin’s Tamworth Motel
Mount Misery Gold Mine Café
Peel Inn Hotel
Excellence in Customer Service in Hospitality Food and Beverage - Small
Bakers Delight Tamworth Shoppingworld
Bean & Barista
Mount Misery Gold Mine Café
Peel Inn Hotel
The Coffee Club
Excellence in Customer Service in Hospitality Food and Beverage – Large
Riviera Bar and Grill
The Family Hotel
Excellence in Customer Service in Employment, Education & Training
Centrepoint Childcare Centre
Denison St Early Learning Centre
Goodstart Early Learning – Brisbane Street
Excellence in Customer Service in Health & Wellbeing
Sharon King Hearing Centres
Tamworth Medical Imaging
Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
Excellence in Customer Service in Professional Services
Burke & Smyth Real Estate
Cannon Cohen & Associates
Countrywide Legal and Business Services
First National Real Estate
Louise Brock Mobile Travel Agent
Leading Edge Tamworth
Regional Australia Bank
Telstra Business Centre North West NSW
Excellence in Customer Service in Hair &/or Beauty
Laura’s Skin Care Centre
Plush Hair Beauty Lifestyle
Tranquillity on Marius Day Spa
Excellence in Customer Service in Trades & Services
Haynes Pest Management
Sampson's Car Repairs
Tamworth Boarding Kennels
Tamworth Skip Eze
Wise Auto Repairs
Excellence in Customer Service in Manufacturing, Construction & Rural
Great Value Garages
GJ Gardner Homes
Excellence in Customer Service in Motor Transport Sales/Service
Bob Jane T-Mart Tamworth
Fiona’s Mini Buses
Kensells Sales Pty Ltd
Nyman’s Smash Repairs
Roberts' Mechanical & Alignment Centre
Sampson’s Car Repairs
Excellence in Customer Service in Tourism, Sport & Entertainment
Australian Bushmens Campdraft & Rodeo Association
Capitol Theatre Tamworth
Chris Watson Travel
Mount Misery Gold Mine Cafe
Northern Inland Academy of Sport
Volcania Art Glass
Excellence in Community Involvement
Bakers Delight Tamworth Shoppingworld
East West Enviroag
The Professionals Tamworth
Excellence in Mental Health Recovery
One Door Mental Health
Tamworth Family Support Service
NSW Business Chamber Aligned Categories
Announcing finalists in the NSW Business Chamber Aligned categories who have exceeded the minimum rating criteria to be eligible in becoming a finalist.
Excellence in Innovation
Excellence in Sustainability
Rusty Civil Earthworks
Employer of Choice
Tamworth Community College
Telstra Business Centre North West
Excellence in Small Business
Fiona’s Mini Buses
Hazells Farm & Fertilizer Services
Ivory Lane Event Styling & Hire
United Tae Kwon Do
Start Up Superstar
Hello Blossom Bouquets
Sensosaurus Pty Ltd
Perfect Balance Pilates
Goonoo Goonoo Station
Excellence in Social Enterprise
Oxley Community Transport Inc.
Young Business Executive
Excellence in Business
Sigma Aerospace Pty Ltd
Monday 1st May, 2017
2017 Quality Business Awards Nominations NOW OPEN
Nominations are now open for Tamworth Business Chamber’s 2017 Quality Business Awards hosted and presented by Tamworth Regional Council.
As the countdown to the 2017 Quality Business Awards begins, Tamworth Business Chamber is encouraging ALL local businesses, large or small, to enter.
There are some key changes to the Awards process this year. These include greater transparency, improved technologies, finalists announced prior to the Awards and clearer categories, making it easier than ever for local businesses to get involved!
What’s different in 2017?
The Awards publicly recognise business excellence and leadership. Entering the Awards offers
local businesses a chance to build their profile and brand awareness as well as motivate staff,
improve relationships with customers and suppliers and strengthen their position in the business
Nominations are now open to all businesses in the Tamworth region including Manilla, Barraba and Nundle.
Nominations forms are available online on the Tamworth Business Chamber website and in businesses throughout the region from Monday 1st May - Friday 16th June.
Place your nominations in the barrels located in Centrepoint Arcade, Shoppingworld and out the front of the Chamber office for your chance to win some great prizes.
The Chamber’s staff will be out to visit all of our members in the coming weeks with nomination forms and posters to display within your offices or retail windows
LIKE Tamworth Business Chamber Facebook page for updates and to find out if your recognition of local business excellence is a winner!
Media contact: Jill Stewart, Marketing & Membership Manager – 6766 4810