Local business takes spotlight in Northern Outback Business Awards

OUTBACK KUDOS: In 2016 Mount Isa business, Sanctum Medi Spa Retreat, won the Business Growth Award for 10 or fewer employees. Photo: file
OUTBACK KUDOS: In 2016 Mount Isa business, Sanctum Medi Spa Retreat, won the Business Growth Award for 10 or fewer employees. Photo: file

The sell-out event of the local business sector, Northern Outback Business Awards, is warming up to be a very fine affair this Saturday.

Commerce North West President, Travis Crowther, said he was very pleased tickets sold out so quickly.

“With the sell out tickets, its very exciting and we are looking forward to a great night,” Mr Crowther said.

“Although the Buchanan Park Entertainment Centre was not available, which would have allowed for more tickets, we made the right call choosing an air conditioned venue.”

The Northern Outback region includes Boulia, Burke, Carpentaria, Cloncurry, Croydon, Doomadgee, Etheridge, Flinders, McKinlay, Mornington, Mount Isa and Richmond.

MCs Hailey Renault and Zara Margolis

MCs Hailey Renault and Zara Margolis

The Department of State Development has gathered all nominations and submissions from across the region.

“The awards categories are based on the size of the businesses, above and below a certain number of employees,” he said.

With the sell out tickets, its very exciting and we are looking forward to a great night.

Commerce North West President, Travis Crowther.

“We have awards for the service sector, the retail sector, and the professional sector."

Two fresh smiling faces of ABC North West Queensland, Hailey Renault and Zara Margolis, will be your MCs for the evening.

The awards dinner will also feature a host of themed entertainment ranging from the high-flying aerial artistry of Sabella Fuss from Six Foot Circus, through to fire flair bar tending.

As public nominations closed for the 2017 awards campaign, organisers Commerce North West and the Department of State Development for the North West region worked hard to follow each one up.

Event Manager, Katie Schrodter, said the nomination process in itself can be a useful tool for businesses.

“It can be extremely useful for professional development and reviewing your operations and procedures,” Ms Shrodter said.

“Questions ranged from information about growth achieved, innovative ideas and unique attributes; through to market research and customer service.”