The Tamworth Business Chamber congratulates the finalists and winners at this year’s Tamworth Quality Business Awards.
It is one of the largest business awards in regional NSW with 29 categories and over 800 attendees.
Business Chamber President Matthew Sweeney said the high calibre of nominated businesses made for a challenging judging process that came down to the finest of details.
The Central Hospitality Group walked away with the most awards including Employer of Choice and Excellence in Customer Service in Hospitality, while Partner Now Property took out the People’s Choice Award.
And the most prestigious award of the night, the Noel Parks Award, was given to former Tamworth Mayor Col Murray for making a significant contribution to the growth of the Tamworth LGA.
2023 Noel Parks Award recipient Col Murray and wife Carol.
Col Murray was first elected as Mayor of Tamworth Regional Council in September 2010, after serving as Deputy Mayor in 2008 and 2009.
Mr Murray is Tamworth’s longest continuous serving Mayor and held the top role for 11 years before retiring from local government in 2021.
During his time in local government, Mr Murray served on a number of boards and associations, including as the elected Chair of the Namoi Joint Organisation, the Chair of the Country Mayor’s Association, and the founding Chair of Regional Cities NSW.
He was also critical in Tamworth Regional Council’s navigation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s very humbling to receive an award of this nature,” said Col Murray.
“I’d like to acknowledge all the good people that have worked beside me and with me over the years. You can’t achieve those things on your own.”
Excellence in Customer Service in Retail – Small Category : McWilliams Quality Meats
Excellence in Customer Service in Retail – Large Category : Heemskerks Nursery
Excellence in Customer Service in Hospitality – Accommodation Category : CH Boutique Hotel
Excellence in Customer Service in Hospitality – Food & Beverage Small Category : Blue Flame Indian Cuisine
Excellence in Customer Service in Hospitality – Food & Beverage Large Category : Family Hotel Tamworth
Excellence in Customer Service in Education & Training Category : Tamworth Community College
Excellence in Customer Service in Animal Services Category : BeWoofed Pawtisserie & Accessories
Excellence in Customer Service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Businesses Category : Indigico Creative
Excellence in Customer Service in Health & Wellbeing Category : Carter Nutrition
Excellence in Customer Service in Professional Services – Small Category : Active Admin & Business Solutions
Excellence in Customer Service in Professional Services – Large Category : Brycon Civil
Excellence in Customer Service in Hair Category : 2340 Barber Shop – A Joblink Plus Social Enterprise Initiative
Excellence in Customer Service in Beauty Category : Little Tranquillity
Excellence in Customer Service in Employment & Recruitment Category : Workforce Extensions Tamworth
Excellence in Motor Transport Sales or Service Category : Brown and Hurley Tamworth
Excellence in Customer Service in Manufacturing & Construction Category : GJ Gardner Homes Tamworth
Excellence in Customer Service in Trades & Services Category : Carpet One Tamworth
Excellence in Customer Service in Tourism, Sport & Entertainment : She’s My Travel Agent
Excellence in Workplace Health & Safety Category : Rapid Plas
Excellence in Micro Business Category : Wall’s Honey Co
Excellence in Large Business Category : AMPS Agribusiness Limited
Excellence in Innovation Category : FPM Cereal Milling Systems
Employer of Choice Category : Central Hospitality Group
Outstanding Community Organisation Category : Tamworth Family Support Services
Outstanding Start Up Category : EnviroAg Drones
Outstanding Employee Category : Jesse Martin
Outstanding Young Business Leader Category : Amy Allerton
Outstanding Business Leader Category : Jye Segboer
2023 Noel Park Award : Col Murray
People’s Choice Award : Partner Now Property