Several Tumut businesses have been recognised in the Murray-Riverina Business Awards, to be held in Albury in September.
Lyndal Porritt from the Adelong Veterinary Clinic has been nominated as a Young Entrepreneur; Hugh Packard from Valmar Support Services is up for Business Leader of the Year; White Moth Studios is in the Excellence in Small Business category; Valmar Support Services has been nominated for both Excellence in Business and Excellence in Innovation; and the Snowy Mountains Animal Rescue Team (SMART Animal Sanctuary and Rehoming Centre) have been recognised for Excellence in Sustainability.
Tumut Regional Chamber of Commerce President Lorraine Wysman said the value of the awards for local businesses should not be underestimated.
“It is really exciting for the businesses,” she said.
“I think when you’re operating a day-to-day business you don’t really have a full perspective on how you are competing, so when you are recognised against your fellow business owners it’s a great sense of achievement and a great pat on the back.
“The publicity is unbelievable. It gives you credibility; people say, ‘wow, I’ve never had reason to deal with them, but I now have that opportunity and I’m now going to do this or that.’”
Sarah Miller, the woman behind Excellence in Small Business nominee White Moth Studios, knew she would be going into the Riverina-Murray Business Awards when she won in the same category in Tumut. She said the award is a good sign she made the right decision to move to Tumut and open up her own studio.
“It’s a very big honour for someone who’s come from out of town not so long ago to be, not only welcomed, but also to have been nominated – I’m very honoured,” she said.
“I feel very grateful that the people of Tumut have given me this opportunity to go so far.”
Moving to a small country town to start up a design and marketing studio seems like a big call, but Sarah said she knew there was a gap in the market in this part of the world.
“I wouldn’t have done it if I thought it was too big of a risk,” she said.
“It seemed like something that people were asking for. Whenever I would mention the direction that people could go in in their online marketing they were all ears and wanted to know more, and I think people were looking for someone to point them in the right direction.”
The awards will be held at the Albury Entertainment Centre on Friday, September 15.
Tickets are available until September 8 from the NSW Business Chamber, at https://events.nswbc.com.au/Detail/EVE1705308/
The full nominees are:
Young Business Executive
Chantall Barnes, Deniliquin Travel Centre, Deniliquin
Hope Spalding, Motiv8 Health and Fitness Centre, Denlilquin
Emma Maree Hughes, Harvest Pharmacy, Temora
Sally Innis, Crowe Horwath, Albury
Jessica Cassone, Commonwealth Bank, Wagga Wagga
Lyndal Porritt, Adelong Veterinary Clinic, Adelong
Belinda Johns, Straight Lines Design & Marketing, Griffith
Kate Leggatt, Sass Hair Dezign, Temora
Dave Skow, Wagga Property Management, Wagga Wagga
Greg Harmes, Global Accreditation Services, Tocumwal
Michelle Clarke, Macfab Engineering, Albury
Hugh Packard, Valmar Support Services, Tumut
John White, Allied Grain Systems, Young
Felicity Michael, Deniliquin Children’s Centre, Deniliquin
Peter George, Auswild & Broad, Temora
Timothy Caton, Complete Skin, Wagga Wagga
Excellence in Small Business
White Moth Studios, Tumut
Riverina Allweld, Deniliquin
Temora Travel, Temora
Lynsey Reilly Communications, Leeton
intouch Finance, Albury
Salts of the Earth, Albury
Brunslea Park, Wagga Wagga
Excellence in Business
Flavourtech, Griffith Macfab Engineering, Albury
Valmar Support Services, Tumut
CareSouth, Deniliquin Intersales, Temora
Southern Cotton, Whitton ATSGP, Albury
South Wagga Bakery, Wagga Wagga
Excellence in Social Enterprise
Start Up Superstar
The Drug Detection Agency, Wagga Wagga
Excellence in Innovation
Valmar Support Services, Tumut
Exclusive Software, Deniliquin
Seeley International, Albury
Recruitment Development Wing, Kapooka
Excellence in Sustainability
Blooms The Chemist, Griffith
De Bortoli Wines, Bilbul
Macfab Engineering, Albury
Snowy Mountains Animal Rescue Team, Batlow
Murray Irrigation, Deniliquin
Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
Employer of Choice
KRS Health, Wagga Wagga
Local Chamber of Commerce
Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce
Wagga Wagga Business Chamber