Cowra businesses go to a new level as finalists in regional awards

Cowra businesses and the Cowra Business Chamber once again feature in the the 2019 Western NSW Regional Business Awards.

Cowra Business Chamber president Jordan Core (right) with Cowra Shire deputy mayor Judi Smith at the opening of the Cowra Business Hub.

Cowra Business Chamber president Jordan Core (right) with Cowra Shire deputy mayor Judi Smith at the opening of the Cowra Business Hub.

A number of Cowra businesses and the business chamber were finalists in last year's awards with the Cowra Business Chamber taking out the regional award.

"Cowra is extremely lucky to have these business assets in town," chamber president Jordan Core said after the announcement of the finalists.

"In turn, we are happy that they can trust our local Chamber leadership team to proceed with us to the next level of the awards," Mr Core said.

Cowra is represented in this year's regional awards by Alicia Ball of The Salon Collective & Brother Fox Barbershop in the Outstanding Business Leader category.

Cowra Glass is a regional finalist in the Excellence in Micro Business category.

Cowra Grenfell Meals on Wheels Food Service Inc is a finalist in the Excellence in Social Enterprise category; Central Milling in the Excellence in Innovation category and; the Cowra Business Chamber in the Best Chamber category.

Now in its seventh year, the Western NSW Regional Business Awards recognise excellence in business, leadership, entrepreneurship, sustainability, innovation, business growth and employment practices across the Central West, Orana and Far West regions.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner and award celebration on Friday, May 10 in Mudgee at the Blue Wren Winery.

Western NSW Business Chamber Regional Manager, Vicki Seccombe, said this year's finalists represent a fantastic cross section of businesses from right across Western NSW.

"These awards are a wonderful opportunity to showcase the strength of Western NSW businesses. It's been a tough year for many businesses due to the ongoing drought, so it will be great to celebrate and highlight the excellence of our local business community.

Last year 123 TIX from Dubbo was named the 2018 Western NSW Business of the Year out of all of the finalists in the regional awards.

123 Tix provides turn-key ticketing solutions to the national and international event industry.

Winners of the 2019 Western NSW Regional Business Awards, will then represent the region at the NSW Business Chamber's State Business Awards to be held in November in Sydney.

"Based on the calibre of this year's finalists, I expect that our Regional Winners will again do very well at the NSW Business Chamber State Awards held in November this year," Ms Seccombe said.

The other finalist in the Business Chamber category at the regional awards is the Bathurst Business Chamber.