Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Locals compete on regional level
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.