Nathan Benn (centre) celebrates with his staff after Benny's Smash repairs was named as Business of the Year  at the 2016 Clarence Valley Business Awards
Nathan Benn (centre) celebrates with his staff after Benny's Smash repairs was named as Business of the Year at the 2016 Clarence Valley Business Awards Adam Hourigan

Sponsor partners needed for business awards

THE business year is now in full swing and the search for the Clarence Valley's best businesses is about to start.

Planning has begun for the 2017 Daily Examiner Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards, the region's premier event celebrating success and innovation among local businesses.

This will be the 11th Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards, an event that has grown in significance and impact during the past decade.

Last year, the awards received more than 50 entries across 13 categories, a record response from the business community. Alongside this, the People's Choice awards saw 77 businesses and 70 employees nominated for recognition.

The Daily Examiner has returned in 2017 as the major sponsor for the annual event, with its general manager Kelly Price thrilled to again support the awards.

"This is one of the most important business events in the Clarence Valley, and the awards night is an occasion not to be missed," Ms Price said.

"This is the fourth consecutive year The Daily Examiner has been involved as the major sponsor and we look forward to helping make this year's awards the best ever."

Adam Gordon, chairman of the Clarence Valley Business Excellence Committee, said the target was to keep the Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards growing and improving as they enter their second decade.

"The aim of the Awards is to promote a climate of pride in the Clarence Valley business community and provide a benchmark of best practice," he said.

"Business excellence is important. It's important for businesses not just to survive, but to grow and prosper. It's important to develop employment opportunities and develop skills, and it's important to encourage business development, attract investment and new businesses."

Mr Gordon also called for local businesses to get involved in the awards as sponsors.

"Without sponsors, we could not reward the great businesses of the Valley with recognition," he said.

"It is a great chance to be associated with a major, quality event and display your support of the local business community and at the same time raise awareness of your brand."

There is a range of sponsorship packages open to businesses that would like to become involved with the awards.

Businesses interested in becoming involved with the 2017 Daily Examiner Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards should contact the awards co-ordinator, David Moase, on 0431 471 289.



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