Tumut business nominated for regional award

Tumut business nominated for regional award

SGW staff (back to front, left to right) Kirsten Dowler, Kathy Reakes, Helen Rouse, Stephen Wood and Raechel Weaver
SGW staff (back to front, left to right) Kirsten Dowler, Kathy Reakes, Helen Rouse, Stephen Wood and Raechel Weaver

Tumut has scored three finalist positions in the Murray-Riverina Business Awards; Raechel Weaver for the Young Business Executive award, SGW Financial Services for the Excellence in Business Ethics award, and the Tumut Regional Chamber of Commerce in the Local Chamber of Commerce award.

Along with being nominated as an individual, Raechel is also the co-director of SGW Financial Services and the President of the Tumut Regional Chamber of Commerce – meaning she is heavily involved in all three nominations for the town.

She is also studying her Masters of Applied Finance via distance education, and preparing to take her Certificate of Financial Planning.

She says that whether or not she ends up winning in any of the nominated categories, she’s satisfied with the recognition she’s already received.

“We’re going into it with the thinking that we’re already winners just to be a finalist,” she said. “It’s very exciting. It’s also very rewarding and lovely to be acknowledged because [SGW Financial Services] don’t often get entered into awards and things, so it’s nice to be acknowledged for our profession and the work that we do.”

The Adelong local started working at SGW as a paraplanner in 2007, before continuing to study and advancing into financial planning and mortgage broking roles within the company. She began her business partnership with co-director Stephen Wood in 2013.

She said that SGW is excited to be nominated, especially within the ethics category.

“I think our industry has a really strong focus on ethics,” she said. “With the work that we do, we have to – and also want to – be perceived as honest and reliable. That particular award seemed most appropriate for us. We try very hard to be perceived as those things.”

As President of the Tumut Regional Chamber of Commerce she oversaw the popular Regional Gift Card initiative, which encourages buying local through the inclusion of participating local businesses.

She is also putting together the Tumut Region Business Awards that will be taking place in March.