Business of the Year about to be determined by past winners

IMPORTANT JOB: As the 2017 winner, Matthew Irvine from the Calare Academy of Road Safety will be a judge for the Business of the Year award. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

IMPORTANT JOB: As the 2017 winner, Matthew Irvine from the Calare Academy of Road Safety will be a judge for the Business of the Year award. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

IN less than two weeks, Bathurst’s best businesses over the past 12 months will be named. 

The Bathurst Business Chamber is busy making the final arrangements for the annual Peak Connect Carillon Business Awards, which will be held on October 26. 

President Angus Edwards said the judging had been completed for most categories and the winners decided, but the biggest award on the night, Business of the Year, would be determined on Monday.

While all the other categories, excluding People’s Choice awards, are decided by an independent judging panel, Business of the Year is determined by the past three winners. 

Events and marketing coordinator, Simone Townsend, can reveal that some businesses have won more than one award.

“Which will make a very interesting discussion around how much of an importance does that play in determining the overall winner, or whether it is just based on one standout business,” she said.

“That is up for [the past winners] to argue out on Monday.” 

Ms Townsend said the business chamber was looking forward to hosting guests at Bathurst Goldfields for the gala dinner this year. 

“We were going to go to the Goldfields last year, but the building wasn’t ready in time and so we had a conversation with Debbie [Campbell] about the new venue,” Ms Townsend said.

“It’s a new, exciting space that we wanted to try and explore, and the facilities there are conducive to that kind of event.”

Mr Edwards agreed, adding, “The Boots and Black Tie Ball was a great event up there and that sort of set the scene for the opportunity to use that venue.” 

Changing the venue has also brought down the price of tickets, Mr Edwards said, seeing chamber members save $30, while non-members can save $20. 

Mr Edwards said people had to get in quick to ensure they had a spot at the dinner. 

“Tickets are selling well, we’ve sold close to 250 tickets already,” he said.

“So the message is, if you’re a finalist, get online and buy a ticket. We don’t want anyone missing out.”

To purchase a ticket, visit the awards website

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