Nom­i­nate busi­nesses

Nom­i­nate busi­nesses for ser­vice

The Observer - - FRONT PAGE - GLEN POR­TE­OUS Glen.Por­te­

THE 2018 Best In Busi­ness Awards nom­i­na­tions start on July 28 and gives lo­cal cus­tomers the op­por­tu­nity to vote for a Glad­stone busi­ness that de­served recog­ni­tion. Nom­i­na­tion forms will be printed in The Ob­server three week­days per week and every Satur­day for 10 weeks to­tal. The busi­ness awards cel­e­brate the best that Glad­stone Re­gion’s busi­ness world has to of­fer. A great chance to vote for the out­stand­ing busi­nesses in the Glad­stone Re­gion.

THE pres­ti­gious 2018 Best In Busi­ness Awards are com­ing up soon and a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case busi­nesses in the Glad­stone re­gion. This year is the ninth awards pre­sen­ta­tion and will cel­e­brate the best and bright­est on of­fer through many dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories. Glad­stone re­gion cus­tomers can vote for the most out­stand­ing busi­nesses. Curtis Ferry Ser­vices owner Adam Balkin saw Best In Busi­ness as a chance for Glad­stone res­i­dents to have their say on qual­ity ser­vice and cus­tomer care. “It will be good to see as a peo­ple’s choice award and hard work is recog­nised,” Mr Balkin said. He be­gan as a deck­hand on Curtis Ferry Ser­vices when he fin­ished school in 2001. He saw the changes to Glad­stone af­ter the con­struc­tion boom and be­lieves tourism to be a sleep­ing gi­ant and pos­si­bly the next boom. “Dur­ing 2014 I bought Curtis Ferry Ser­vices and saw tourism as an in­dus­try for Glad­stone,” he said. “There are so many dif­fer­ent things to do in Glad­stone and busi­ness to sup­port them. “I do runs out to Curtis Is­land and Fac­ing Is­land five days a week and there is more to Curtis Is­land than just the in­dus­try based on it.” Curtis Is­land Ferry goes out to North-West Is­land and Port of Glad­stone Har­bour Tours, and gives a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive of in­dus­try and the har­bour. Mr Balkin is a Young Tourism Leader and en­cour­aged Glad­stone youth to con­sider a ca­reer in tourism. The Young Tourism Lead­ers Pro­gram pro­vides role mod­els to en­cour­age young peo­ple to con­sider a ca­reer in the tourism in­dus­try. “My role is to pro­mote the tourism in­dus­try to school age stu­dents and pre­vent a short­fall in tourism and help with can­di­dates for it,” he said. Nom­i­na­tion forms will be printed in The Ob­server from July 28 three times dur­ing the week and every Satur­day.

Photo: Mike Richards GLA130718BBUS

BEST IN BUSI­NESS: Adam Balkin from Curtis Is­land Fer­ries.

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