Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Locals compete on regional level

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Deniliquin and district businesses competed in all but four of the Murray Riverina Business Awards categories on Friday night.

And while none of the local nominees came away with a win, participat­ing in the awards meant exposure at a regional level.

The Murray Riverina awards are delivered by Business NSW with the local nominees becoming finalists on the back of their wins at the Deniliquin Business Chamber’s Business Excellence Awards in early September.

Awards contested by local finalists were:

Outstandin­g Employee - Terri Bootsman, Evolve Fitness + Wellbeing.

Outstandin­g Young Business Leader – Adam Connally, Harry Pepper Coffee.

Outstandin­g Business Leader – Sivonne Binks, Sivonne Creative.

Excellence in Micro Business – Body Harmony.

Excellence in Small Business – Deni Play on the Plains Festival Ltd. Excellence in Business – Purtill Group. Excellence in Sustainabi­lity – SunRice Deniliquin.

Outstandin­g Community Organisati­on – Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre Aboriginal Corporatio­n.

Outstandin­g Start-up – Harry Pepper Coffee.

Griffith based company Flavourtec­h took out the 2021 Murray Riverina Business of the Year Award at the ceremony, held online in front of over 150 business leaders, including NSW Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope.

Business NSW Regional Manager Anthony McFarlane said there were some great nominees in each category, and that the awards celebrated the success of hardworkin­g Murray Riverina businesses.

‘‘A well-deserved spotlight was shone on 80 finalists who have shown how their resilience, creativity and sheer hard work have seen them through a challengin­g year.” Mr McFarlane said.

‘‘The past 18 months have been incredibly challengin­g as businesses have been impacted not only by COVID restrictio­ns and border closures but also supply chain constraint­s and strong competitio­n for talented staff.

‘‘These awards are a wonderful opportunit­y to showcase the ingenuity, dynamism and resilience of Murray Riverina businesses. The future is bright.’’

Other winners announced on Friday were:

Outstandin­g Young Business Leader – Carly Martin, Akimbo Architectu­re.

Outstandin­g Business Leader – Rod Faulks, South West Fuel. Outstandin­g Start-up – Prefabulou­s. Excellence in Micro Business – Regional Design Service.

Excellence in Small Business – AK Project Solutions.

Excellence in Business – Kotzur Group. Employer of Choice – RSM Australia. Outstandin­g Employee – Shania Gladwell, Asuria Disability Employment.

Excellence in Innovation – Plastic Forests.

Excellence in Sustainabi­lity – Meet Pat. Excellence in Export – Flavourtec­h. Outstandin­g Community Organisati­on – Mercy Connect.

Outstandin­g Local Chamber – Tumut Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Regional winners go on to compete at a state level.

 ?? ?? Angelina Huddle’s Body Harmony was nominated in the Micro Business category.
Angelina Huddle’s Body Harmony was nominated in the Micro Business category.
 ?? ?? Terri Bootsman contested the Outstandin­g Employee award.
Terri Bootsman contested the Outstandin­g Employee award.
 ?? ?? Adam Connally and Harry Pepper were nominated for two awards.
Adam Connally and Harry Pepper were nominated for two awards.
 ?? ?? Sivonne Binks was a finalist in the Outstandin­g Business Leader category.
Sivonne Binks was a finalist in the Outstandin­g Business Leader category.

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