Harwood, Westlawn picked for business awards
CLARENCE Valley businesses Westlawn Finance and Harwood Marine are in the running to win awards in this year's Northern Rivers Business Awards.
Westlawn is a finalist in the Excellence in Business and Excellence in Business Ethics categories.
Harwood Marine director Ross Roberts is one of four finalists in the Business Leaders category.
Mr Roberts, who returned to Australia yesterday from "chasing business overseas", said he was surprised at the nomination.
"Why they picked me out I don't really understand," he said.
"I have a great team of people working with me who are all tremendously skilled in their roles.
"The other director here, Gio Cervella, does wonderful work and should be in the running for an award."
Harwood Marine has operated from its base on the Clarence River at Harwood since the mid 1960s and is entering a period of expansion.
Mr Roberts said the company aims to create a marine precinct around the current site and has a proposal before Clarence Valley Council to rezone two parcels of land neighbouring the site for industrial use.
He said the company aimed to attract complementary marine businesses to the region to create the precinct.
"The costs involved are too big for Harwood Marine to take on," he said.
He said lower cost of investing in the Harwood area guaranteed companies got more for value for money.
Mr Roberts said the vis- ion was to create a marine precinct with a diversity of trades that could attract business to the region.
The winners of these categories in the business awards will be announced at a gala cocktail evening on Friday, June 13 at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa.
Category winners and State finalists from the Northern Rivers Business Awards will be finalists in the NSW Business Chamber State Business Awards, to be held in Sydney on Friday, November 28.