The Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce Heritage Bank Business Excellence Awards Launch was hosted at the historic Gabbinbar Homestead on Thursday, 1 June. Gabbinbar Homestead, regarded as one of Queensland’s premier sites for wedding receptions, won the award in the tourism category last year.

The Awards night is to be held on Saturday, October 14. A venue for the function is still to be decided.

“There are a number of excellent, highly suitable venues in Toowoomba for the awards night,” said Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer Jo Sheppard.

“We like to use different venues for the night and we are still finalizing arrangements. With the announcement of the awards

winners still more than four months away time is on our side.”

Presented in conjunction with the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage Bank’s awards recognise the contribution of leaders, innovators, and businesses to the region.

The awards are also considered to be a celebration of the business community’s importance to the economic vitality and social fabric of the Darling Downs.

The night provides an opportunity for business owners, managers, and staff to critically assess their performance and successes as well as providing a foundation for future strategy.

The Excellence Awards cover nine categories: tourism, hospitality, industry, retail and wholesale, professional and business, innovation, community and

not-for-profit, future star and best regional business. Each of these categories is then divided into sub-categories.

This culminates in the Heritage Bank Business of the Year Award, which is selected from the outright winners in each of the categories.

Heritage Bank chief executive officer Peter Lock said his organization was “very proud” to be involved in such a significant community event as the Business Excellence Awards. Lock said he would encourage “as many people as possible” to enter for the awards.

Nominations for all entries are now open here, and the selection of finalists will be completed by September 14.

See socials from last year’s Heritage Business Bank Awards here.


Banner Image: Isaac Moody, Joy Mingay, Kerry Betros, Peter Lock, and Jo Sheppard