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Biggest ever Hunter Business Awards recognises the region’s best

Hunter Business Awards3
Compass Housing Group Managing Director Greg Budworth was presented with the Hunter Business Chamber’s Business Leader of the Year Award on 31 August, by sponsor CPA Australia.
The awards were presented at a gala dinner sponsored by the University of Newcastle and attended by a record crowd of more than 560 business people from across the Region.
Chamber CEO Bob Hawes said that Greg was a superb example of the calibre of business leaders that the Hunter is known for.
“The Hunter is home to many individuals and organisations that reflect the diversity of businesses here and their determination to succeed.
“They continue to demonstrate the high standard of capability, resilience and innovation that the Hunter has become renowned for,” Bob said.
In presenting the President’s Award to The University of Newcastle, Chamber President Jonathan Vandervoort commented on the organisation's exceptional history of varied accomplishments that contribute most favourably to our community.
“Over 50 years, the University of Newcastle and their leading educators have achieved a long list of accolades, and their worldclass researchers are recognised for their contribution to many fields,” Jonathan said.
Winton Consulting was named by Newcastle Herald as winner of the award for Excellence in Small Business (-20 employees) and Compass Housing was awarded the Excellence in Business (20+ employees) accolade by NSW Minerals Council.
Scion Audio and Events was named by Greater Bank as winner of the Customer Service (-20 employees) award and Nurses Now won the Pitcher Partners sponsored award for Customer Service (20+ employees).
The Local Chamber of Commerce Award was presented to Bulahdelah Chamber of Commerce & Tourism while Beyond Bank Australia won the Port Authority of New South Wales sponsored award for Contribution to the Region.
Nelson Bay Bowling and Recreation Club won the Hunter Water sponsored Hunter Water Savers Award and Ben Dewson of Holistic Industries was named the Kristen Keegan Young Business Executive (Age 18-35) by Quarry Mining & Construction Equipment.
Bob said the judges had commented on the outstanding achievement of finalists in all categories.
“The winners clearly demonstrate the superb work of organisations and individuals who are leading the way in making the Hunter a place where business and innovation thrive,” Bob said.
Winners of the 2017 Hunter Business Awards
Hunter Water Savers - Nelson Bay Bowling & Recreation Club
Excellence in Small Business - 20 - Winton Consulting
Excellence in Business 20+ - Compass Housing Services
Customer Service - 20 - Scion Audio & Events
Customer Service 20+ - Nurses Now
Local Chamber of Commerce - Bulahdelah Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
Contribution to the Region - Beyond Bank Australia
Young Business Executive (Age 18-35) - Ben Dewson
President's Award - University of Newcastle
Business Leader of the Year (Age 36+) - Greg Budworth