Nominations for this year’s Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce’s Heritage Bank Business Excellence Awards are now open. These annual awards recognize the business community’s contribution to the economic vitality and social fabric of the region. The awards also celebrate the diversity, innovation and excellence of Toowoomba businesses.
“The awards are an occasion for business owners, managers and staff to critically assess their performance, successes and plans for the future,” says Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce general manager Leanne Gillam. “The awards also provide an excellent opportunity to benchmark businesses in the same industry.” The nine categories of the awards include the Best Regional Business and Entrepreneur of the Year.
“We are thrilled to have Heritage Bank again as the awards’ major sponsor,” says Leanne. “There are also a wonderful line-up of sponsors for each of the categories.”
Lifeline Darling Downs and South-West Queensland last year became the first not-for-profit business to win the Heritage Bank Business of the Year award. “The win generated extra exposure for Lifeline as a trusted organization, increased awareness about the services we provide and confirmed to our board and staff that we are valued in the community,” chief executive Derek Tuffield reflected on the value of receiving the award.
At the official launch of the awards Heritage Bank’s chief executive Peter Lock said the bank was “thrilled to be continuing its long-standing sponsorship of the Business Excellence Awards.” He continues, “At Heritage we are passionate about helping people in every way we can. That includes encouraging our business leaders to become more creative, more professional and more confident through our support of these awards. A vibrant business sector is essential in maintaining the wonderful lifestyle that we enjoy in the Toowoomba region.”
Alison Kennedy from the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation and Jane Calder from Heritage Bank
Melissa Taylor from Taylor’s Removals, Peter Lock from Heritage Bank and Kerry Betros from Heritage Bank
Diane Balke from Grand Central and Cathy Josephs from Tafe
Brendan McDonald from 1300 WebPro, Dan Dwan from the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, Phil Gregory from Wagners and John McVeigh MP
Words by Graeme Kelly
Images by Emma Lacko