SMALL business owner Matt Irvine went into last year’s Carillon Business Awards gala evening thinking that if he was a winner in one of the categories, he would be “really happy”.
And then as the night went on, his business, Panorama Road Safety, now known as Calare Academy of Road Safety, started picking up awards: for education, professional services, business leadership.
“It became really surreal,” Mr Irvine remembered.
“By the time they were ready to announce the overall winner [for business of the year], we had taken out more categories than anyone else.
“People were saying ‘you have got this, you have got this’. I said ‘settle down’.”
As it turned out, Mr Irvine and his team did have it, winning the top title to cap what he said was a year of “incredibly hard” work, achievement and implementing ideas.
But now he is ready to pass on the baton as a new business of the year is set to be named at the 2018 awards gala evening later this month.
Mr Irvine (with the award for best business of the year) was at Bathurst Goldfields recently as the Mount Panorama venue was announced as the location for this year’s awards ceremony.
Bathurst Business Chamber marketing and events co-ordinator Simone Townsend said it will be the first time the awards are held at Bathurst Goldfields, which hosted around 700 people for the Black Tie and Boots Ball in August.
“The awards are less than a month away, so we’re asking people to get their tickets,” Ms Townsend said.
The gala awards evening will be held on Friday, October 26.
Tickets are available on the Carillon Business Awards website at carillonbusinessawards.com/gala-dinner/