FLASHBACK: The crew at Complete Staff Solutions, Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards winners 2012.
FLASHBACK: The crew at Complete Staff Solutions, Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards winners 2012.

Clarence Valley businesses’ excellent adventure

THERE is no mincing of words when the term "excellence" is involved. It's the very best of something and in the case of tonight's awards ceremony it's businesses that are being acknowledged and celebrated for their excellence.

The aim of the Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards is to foster pride in our business community and showcase the quality of services available in this area, and small business can always do with a pat on the back given some of the hoops and hurdles they have to navigate while trying to survive in today's marketplace.

Initiated by Clarence Valley Council in partnership with our respective chambers of commerce, the awards have democracy at their forefront with a broad range of categories for every type and size of business enterprise to enter.

Today the awards are overseen by a committee comprised of business community representatives and this year, there is an outstanding line-up of worthy finalists, some of whom you can read a little more about on these pages.

Tonight's dinner for a winner is being held at the Yamba Bowling Club and will see the business community don their formal frocks and black ties while they enjoy the gala affair that kicks off with pre-dinner drinks followed by a three-course menu and entertainment. Of course, they will also find out first-hand who the most excellent operators in the Clarence are.

Good luck to all our finalists.

Our 2013 category finalists:

  • Anchorage Holiday Park
  • Angourie Road Veterinary Surgery
  • Australian Hearing
  • Champions Choice Browbands
  • Clarence Coast Blinds
  • Clarence River Jockey Club
  • Clarence River Seafoods
  • Fresh Dental Care
  • G-Spot Rewards
  • HR Tool
  • Impulsive Creations Hair Studio
  • Jacaranda Festival Committee Inc
  • Kids Steps Therapy Centre
  • Kitchen to Table
  • Little Fish School of Rock
  • Lower Clarence Funerals
  • Maclean Stays
  • Newcastle Permanent Building Society
  • Raine and Horne, Yamba
  • Spar Maclean
  • Willy Wagtails Kindergarten
  • Yamba Cinema
  • Yamba FlooringXtra
  • Top 10 finalists People's Choice Award
  • Angourie Road Veterinary Surgery
  • Dimattia Hairdressing
  • Farmer Lou's, South Grafton
  • Happy Paws Haven
  • Kitchen to Table
  • One Fine Cup
  • Pureshine Hair
  • Raine and Horne, Yamba
  • Tara Hoggan Hair and Makeup Artist
  • Yamba Bread Shop, Yamba Fair

The 2013 awards committee:

Executive: Sandy Stewart - chair (Add It Up Business Services, Grafton Chamber of Commerce rep); John Robson - deputy chair (Rivergums ASH Stud, Maclean); Lyn Watson - treasurer (Australia Post, Yamba Chamber of Commerce rep); Agneta Hansell - secretary (Complete Staff Solutions).

Members: Adam Gordon (Catalyst Consulting International P/L); Helyn Davison (North Coast TAFE Grafton); Maggie Barnewell; Lynette McGuire (North Coast TAFE Maclean, Maclean Chamber of Commerce rep).

Marketing and promotions: Erica Fletcher.

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