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2024 Gala Business Awards

The 2024 Gunnedah Gala Business Awards link in with Business NSW New England North West Business Awards to celebrate the innovation, resilience and dedication of businesses across the region.

 

Starting at a local level, we believe that businesses play a vital role in driving economic growth, creating jobs, and contributing to the overall well-being of our region. That's why we are committed to recognising the hard work and dedication of businesses of all sizes and industries.

This awards program is designed to showcase the best of the best in our region. Whether you are a startup, a small business, or a large corporation, we have a category that recognises your unique accomplishments. From innovative products and services to exceptional customer service and community involvement, we celebrate all aspects of business excellence.

By participating in the awards, you not only have the opportunity to gain recognition and exposure for your business, but you also become part of a community of like-minded individuals who share your passion for success.

 

Judging will take place via industry experts who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the vibrant business community in our region. Whether you are a finalist, a sponsor, or simply a supporter of local businesses, your involvement helps to build a stronger, more resilient economy for all.

The Gunnedah Gala Awards Night will be taking place Saturday August 10th, 2024. Those who win local award for their category will move into regional level, the regional awards night will be held Saturday September 20th, 2024 and then moving into State awards Wednesday 30th October, 2024.
The Gunnedah Gala Awards Night is proudly sponsored by Whitehaven Coal.

Key 2024 Award Dates

Nomination Form Live: Wednesday 12 June

Gunnedah Entries Open: Wednesday 12 June

Gunnedah Nomination Form Closes: Tuesday 9 July

Gunnedah Entry Deadline: Monday 15 July

Gunnedah Judging Commences: Wednesday 10 July

Gunnedah Judging Concludes: Monday 22 July
Gunnedah Finalists Announced: Wednesday 24 July

Gunnedah Tickets on Sale: Thursday 24 July
Gunnedah Awards Gala: Saturday 10 August

Regional Finalists Announced: Wednesday 21 August
Regional Gala Ceremony: Saturday 20 September
NSW State Business Awards: Wednesday 30 October - Sydney

2024 Local Award Categories

Regional Categories

As a local Chamber, we have selected 6 key categories we believe to be most relevant to our area and service offering however, the Regional level of awards cover 19 categories in total. We encourage and are here to support you to enter directly to the regional level in any other category suitable to you and your business.

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  • Who can enter the Gunnedah Business Awards?
    To enter the awards, businesses must be registered with the Australian Tax Office (ATO) and hold a current Australian Business Number (ABN). They must operate in, or service the Gunnedah region Local Government Area. Detailed eligibility criteria are provided within the awards portal and within the award category descriptions.
  • Do I need to be a member of Gunnedah Chamber to enter the awards?
    While we encourage and would love to have you as a member of Gunnedah Chamber, no - you do not need to be a member to enter and partake in the award categories at a local level. However, if you are the winner in your local category and wish to continue as a finalist in the regional awards, you require a membership with your local chamber (Gunnedah) to create a BusinessNSW account and progress further.
  • What are the benefits of partaking in the awards?
    As the Business Awards recognises business success within our region, there are a multitude of benefits to entering and taking part with us: Increased Visibility: Gain exposure and recognition in the local community and beyond. Enhanced Credibility: Boost your reputation by showcasing your achievements and excellence. Networking Opportunities: Connect with other local businesses, potential clients, and industry leaders. Marketing Advantage: Use the award in your marketing materials to differentiate your business from competitors. Employee Morale: Recognise and reward your team's hard work and dedication. Benchmarking: Evaluate your business against industry standards and identify areas for improvement. Customer Trust: Increase customer confidence and loyalty by demonstrating your commitment to quality and excellence. Access to New Opportunities: Open doors to new partnerships, collaborations, and growth opportunities. Feedback and Insights: Receive valuable feedback from judges and industry experts. Celebrate Success: Take the time to reflect on and celebrate your business achievements.
  • What are the categories?
    Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce have chosen 6 categories from the aligned BusinessNSW categories to represent locally. Outstanding New Business The Outstanding New Business Award recognises a start-up business, trading for less than 24 months, that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the potential to achieve future success. Outstanding Young Business Leader The Outstanding Young Business Leader Award recognises an inspirational business leader aged 35 or under at the time of entry who has demonstrated a commitment to their workplace, industry, and the community through leadership. Excellence in Micro Business The Excellence in Micro Business Award recognises a business, less than 5 employees, that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience. Excellence in Small Business The Excellence in Small Business Award recognises a business, 5-20 employees, that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience. Excellence in Large Business The Excellence in Large Business Award recognises a business, 21 + employees, that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience. Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion This Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award recognises businesses that address the needs of a diverse community, including seniors, people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, and people with disability. An inclusive business facilitates the needs of all its employees and customers.
  • What are the key dates of the awards?
    Nomination Form Live: Wednesday 12 June Gunnedah Entries Open: Wednesday 12 June Gunnedah Nomination Form Closes: Tuesday 9 July Gunnedah Entry Deadline: Monday 15 July Gunnedah Judging Commences: Wednesday 10 July Gunnedah Judging Concludes: Monday 22 July Gunnedah Finalists Announced: Wednesday 24 July Gunnedah Tickets on Sale: Thursday 24 July Gunnedah Awards Gala: Saturday 10 August Regional Finalists Announced: Wednesday 21 August Regional Gala Ceremony: Saturday 20 September NSW State Business Awards: Wednesday 30 October - Sydney
  • How are the award categories selected?
    Our 6 award categories were hand selected to recognise various aspects of local business excellence, from innovative products and services to exceptional customer service and community involvement. Categories align with those in the NSW Business Chamber Business Awards for broader recognition.
  • I've heard there are other regional categories?
    Yes - that is correct. Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce selected 6 of 19 available categories to represent at our local award gala that we believe capture a snapshot of all our community has to offer. You are welcome to apply for any of our six award categories that . If none of the local categories seem suitable, or don't best reflect your business achievements and strengths - we encourage you to explore other award categories that are available regionally. Please visit https://www.businessnsw.com/events/business-awards/new-england-north-west to view all available categories and find the best fit for your business.
  • Can I nominate a business?
    Nominations have now closed for the 2024 Gala Business Awards. ​ Award applications are open until midnight Monday 15th July - head to our 2024 Gala Business Awards page to learn more. ​ Note; businesses do not have to be nominated to enter into the awards.
  • How do I submit an entry?
    Entries must be submitted online through the Gunnedah Awards Platform at gunnedah.awardsplatform.com. Please complete the entry form for your chosen category and ensure all required information is provided by the submission deadline.
  • My business doesn't suit the award I was nominated for - what can I do?
    We understand that those who nominated you may not know the exact characteristics of our business and thus, the nominated category may not align perfectly with your business. Or you may just want to enter into a different category! You are welcome to apply for any of our six award categories that best reflect your business achievements and strengths. If none of the local categories seem suitable, you can explore other award categories that are available regionally. Please visit https://www.businessnsw.com/events/business-awards/new-england-north-west to view all available categories and find the best fit for your business.
  • When do submissions close?
    Submissions through the Award Portal close at midnight on Monday 15 July, 2024. No submissions will be accepted past this date.
  • Can I enter multiple categories?
    Yes, businesses are eligible to nominate for multiple categories, provided they adhere to the specific requirements and criteria for each category.
  • What do I need to include in my submission?
    Submissions should include all required information as outlined in the entry form. This may include a business overview, achievements, testimonials, financial information (if applicable), and any other relevant supporting documents.
  • I'm a new business, can I enter?
    If you are a brand-new business, you are eligible to enter the Outstanding New Business category if you have been trading for less than two years. This category specifically celebrates the achievements and potential of new businesses within our community. For businesses that have been operating for longer than two years and meet the respective employee thresholds, you may also consider entering the Excellence in Micro, Small, or Large Business categories, depending on your number of full-time equivalent (FTE) employees and other eligibility criteria outlined.
  • Is there a fee to enter the awards?
    No, entry to the Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce Business Awards is free.
  • What is the judging process?
    An independent panel of judges from various industries will evaluate all entries. Judges are required to sign confidentiality agreements and disclose any conflicts of interest. Entries are scored against set criteria, and all decisions are final.
  • When will finalists be announced?
    Finalists will be notified by their preferred method of communication (email, phone, or SMS) after the judging process is complete. Specific dates for announcements are available in the Key Award Dates section on our website.
  • What do winners receive?
    Winners receive a physical award, professional photographs, and significant recognition through local and regional media. Additionally, they progress as an automatic finalist to the NSW Business Chamber New England North West Regional Awards gaining valuable exposure, enhanced credibility, and the opportunity to progress to State Awards.
  • How can I get help with my entry?
    Our committee is available to assist with any queries, thoughts, or feedback regarding your entry. Please contact us through our website or reach out directly to our support team for guidance.
  • Can sponsors enter the awards?
    Yes, sponsors may enter the Business Awards program, but they cannot enter the category they are sponsoring.
  • Are the awards aligned with any other award programs?
    Yes, the Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce Gala Business Awards include categories that align with the NSW Business Chamber Business Awards, allowing for broader recognition and opportunities for regional and state-level accolades.
  • How can I stay updated on the awards?
    Follow our social media channels, subscribe to our newsletter, and regularly check our website for updates on key dates, announcements, and other important information.
  • Where can I find the Terms & Conditions of Entry for the awards?
    A copy of the Terms & Conditions of Entry can be downloaded below.
  • If I have entered in the past, can I enter again?
    If you have entered in the past, you are welcome to enter again! We encourage businesses to showcase their ongoing achievements and growth by participating in our awards program year after year. Each entry allows you to demonstrate your continued commitment to excellence and innovation in your category, alongside other leading businesses in our community.

Using the Awards Portal

Video Tutorial

A video guiding you through using the awards portal for our business awards in 2024. Learn how to register, start your entry, and submit it for judging. Important details like deadlines and support options are covered. 

Our Major Event Partner

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Our 2024 Gala Event is with thanks to our Major Event Partner, Whitehaven Coal.

Operating operate six mines (five open-cut and one large underground mine) in the Gunnedah Coal Basin of NSW and Bowen Basin of QLD, Whitehaven Coal is focused on promoting local prosperity, building local community capacity and ensuring their regional towns thrive, so the benefits of their presence go beyond their workforce and beyond the life of any single asset.

They understand the importance of mining to regional areas, and their commitment to building stronger local communities is part of their DNA.

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Partnership Opportunities

Join us in celebrating excellence and innovation within the business community of Gunnedah by becoming an event partner of the highly anticipated 2024 Gala Business Awards.

 

This premier event attracts top entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and decision-makers, offering a unique opportunity to showcase your brand and align it with success and achievement.

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