More than one hundred organisations and individuals will vie for honours in the 2019 Hunter Business Awards, the region’s most prestigious awards program.
A record number of finalists have been named across seventeen categories following an unprecedented response from the business community to this year’s call for entries.
Hunter Business Chamber CEO, Bob Hawes, said the calibre of entrants across all categories was high, demonstrating the strength and diversity of the Hunter business sector.
“We’ve seen particularly strong interest in the categories of Business Leader of the Year, Excellence in Business, Excellence in Small Business, Contribution to the Region and Outstanding Employer of Choice, with business leaders clearly recognising the value that peer recognition at this level can bring to their organisation,” Bob said.
“The list of finalists features high-quality entrants from across the private, government and not-for-profit sectors in a diverse range of business and industry areas, including retail, hospitality, healthcare, tourism, manufacturing, mining, professional services and many more,” he said.
The Hunter Business Awards are an opportunity for local businesses to be celebrated for their ongoing internal successes as well as their contributions to the wider community.
Bob Hawes was delighted to see the high-quality list of submissions for this years’ awards, with a particular interest in our local business leaders who submitted.
“We are also very pleased to see many excellent contenders in the Kristen Keegan Young Business Executive and Start-up Superstar categories, which put the spotlight on our business leaders of the future,” he said.
The awards will be presented at a gala black-tie dinner at NEX, in Newcastle, on Friday 23 August.
Winners in aligned categories will progress to the NSW Business Chamber State Business Awards on Friday 22 November at the International Convention Centre, in Sydney.
The full list of finalists for this years’ Hunter Business Awards is available on the Hunter Business Chamber website.
IMAGE | Hunter Business Awards winners from 2018
With more than 1800 members, the Hunter Business Chamber is the largest regional business chamber in Australia and represents the collective interests of a diverse range of sectors across the Region.
The Chamber provides members with a range of services from advocacy and business advice to information and networking opportunities.
Business support is vital in today's economic climate and our primary goal is to assist and represent the needs of businesses in our community.
The Chamber is committed to partnering with all industries in ensuring the ongoing growth and sustainability of the Hunter Region.