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It’s time to enter Hunter’s premier business excellence awards


If you want to be recognised as one of the best, then entering the Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards is a great way to start.

Nominations are now open for the 28th edition of the prestigious extravaganza, which showcases outstanding individuals and companies throughout the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Dungog, Singleton, Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter LGAs.

Sixteen categories – Hospitality & Tourism, Internet-based Business, Personal Services, Professional Services, Health Services, Trades & Industry, Financial & Real Estate Services, Not-for-profit Businesses, Home-based Business, General Business, New Start Business, Customer Service (Individual), Customer Service (Business), Young Entrepreneur, Businesswoman of the Year and Business Leader of the Year – will be adjudged with the overall winner declared Business of the Year at a gala dinner, at the Cessnock Leagues Club, on Friday 17 March.

Shane Hamilton, who was named Business Leader of the Year.

Proudly presented by the Hunter Region Business Hub (The Hub), the event has become a “must-do” for local enterprises keen to make an impact in their respective industries.

“We’ve built a reputation as the Hunter’s premier business excellence awards,” digital business advisor Troy White said.

“Due to the fact they’re professionally judged, and not a popularity contest, they are a sought-after, trusted source of information for consumers with previous winners and finalists experiencing a significant increase in business afterwards.

“There is a lot of credibility knowing the nominees have endured a rigorous judging process, too.

“So, if you win, it’s certainly well-deserved – and people should take note.

“These awards are also perfect for any business that wants to demonstrate its excellence in customer service, innovation or any other area.

“Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to share your success with the community.”

After COVID forced the cancellation of the 2020 event, the Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards bounced back bigger and better in 2021.

Gymnastics 21 secured Business of the Year, Shane Hamilton walked away with the Business Leader of the Year, and Joplin Higgins was named Businesswoman of the Year.

Amy Foster claimed the Young Entrepreneur crown, with Josh Vought highly-commended.

“We received more than 160 entries,” The Hub admin manager Linda Clare said.

“Even though many businesses were struggling, courtesy of the pandemic, the response was fantastic.

“The gala dinner sold out as well.

“I think people were keen for that face-to-face interaction again and the chance to network among others.

“It was also a good avenue for employers to acknowledge their team members, celebrate their staff, especially after the past two years.

Owner Samantha Nicholls and the Gymnastic 21 team.

“And, for someone like Gymnastics 21 owner Samantha Nicholls, it highlighted her recent journey.

“She started by winning a couple of the smaller awards, before being named Businesswoman of the Year in 2018 and taking out Business of the Year in 2021.

“So, this event helped her to grow.”

Ms Clare said submitting a nomination was easy.

“If anyone is unsure of what category to enter, contact The Hub,” she explained.

“We’re happy to help prospective nominees.

“Simply visit or phone 4936 2557.”

Nominations close at midnight on Sunday 4 December.

28th Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards categories

  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Internet-based Business
  • Personal Services
  • Professional Services
  • Health Services
  • Trades & Industry
  • Financial & Real Estate Services
  • Not-for-profit Businesses
  • Home-based Business
  • General Business
  • New Start Business
  • Customer Service (Individual)
  • Customer Service (Business)
  • Young Entrepreneur
  • Businesswoman of the Year
  • Business Leader of the Year
  • Business of the Year
  • The Newcastle Weekly is the media partner of the Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards

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