ABOUT THE BUSINESS AWARDS

The 2024 Leeton Business Awards recognises and rewards outstanding business and professional practice in our community. 
This year we have a total of 15 awards. Eleven award categories are aligned to the Business NSW Regional Awards, four local awards and 1 non nominated award. 

The Business NSW aligned award categories connect our local winners to be a finalist in the Murray Riverina Regional Awards.

Objectives of the 2024 Leeton Business Awards

  • To recognise and award outstanding businesses in Leeton
  • To encourage business aspiration for excellence 
  • To reward outstanding contributions to the community by business leaders
  • To promote Leeton and the businesses that make it thrive

The Local Business Awards program is a 16 week campaign aligned with NSW Business Chamber and is completed in four stages.

Nominations – Businesses will be nominated by your customers or nominate your self for the appropriate award category or categories for your business.

Submissions – Once nominated answer a series of question allocated by NSW Business Chamber if an NSW aligned award or from Leeton Business Chamber if a local award and await to confirmation as a finalist.

Judging – Leeton Business Chamber invites external judges from a range of different industries and professions to read the submissions of categories in their field and decided the winner for each category.

Gala Awards Dinner – The 2024 awards dinner is set to be held on Saturday 17th August at the extraordinary Whitton Malt House.  With a menu meticulously crafted by the WHM Chef David to showcase regional specialties, including Riverina Beef, Aquna Murray Cod and SunRice rice varieties. Entertainment will be lead by the regions infamous The Mighty Yak after Matty Wray has completed the formal awards presentations.

Nominate a local business or individual for one or more of the categories below. We will contact them about their nomination and encourage them to enter the award. 

2024 AWARD CATEGORES

Outstanding Employee

The Outstanding Employee Award recognises an inspirational employee who has demonstrated a passion for their role and a commitment to their workplace and the community.

 

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Outstanding Young Business Leader

The Outstanding Young Business Leader Award recognises an inspirational business leader aged 35 or under who has demonstrated a commitment to their workplace, industry, and the community through leadership.

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Outstanding Business Leader

The Outstanding Business Leader Award recognises an inspirational business leader aged 36 years or over who has demonstrated a commitment to their workplace, industry, and the community through leadership, whilst providing mentorship to others.

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Outstanding Primary Producer

The “Outstanding Primary Producer” award is a prestigious accolade designed to honour excellence in the agricultural sector. This award recognises farmers, ranchers, and other primary producers who demonstrate exceptional innovation, sustainability, and productivity in their practices. The recipients are celebrated for their contributions to the industry and their commitment to responsible farming techniques that ensure the long-term health of the environment. Winning this award not only highlights a producer’s dedication to quality and efficiency but also sets a benchmark for others in the sector, encouraging a continuous pursuit of excellence and sustainability

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Employer of Choice 

The Employer of Choice Award, recognises a business that has implemented strategies and initiatives to create a stimulating and supportive workplace environment and to deliver opportunities for business growth and success.

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Excellence in Innovation

The Excellence in Innovation Award recognises a business that has implemented innovative solutions for new and existing needs through the introduction or improvement of a product, technology, or application that impacts the wider community.

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Outstanding Community Organisation

The Outstanding Community Organisation Award recognises an organisation that works to improve the social, cultural, or environmental wellbeing of the community.

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Outstanding Start-up

The Outstanding Start-up Award recognises a start-up business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the potential to achieve future success.

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Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

This Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award recognises businesses that address the needs of a diverse community, including seniors, people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, and people with disability. An inclusive business facilitates the needs of all its employees and customers.

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Excellence in Micro Business

The Excellence in Micro Business Award recognises a business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience.

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Excellence in Small Business

The Excellence in Small Business Award recognises a business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience.

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Excellence in Large Business

The Excellence in Large Business Award recognises a business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience.

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Leeton Apprentice / Trainee of the Year

This Award recognises an apprentice or trainee displaying an outstanding work ethic and attitude, and positively contributing to the practices in their business’s situation.

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Top Tradie Trophy

The Top Tradie Trophy recognises a local tradesperson that demonstrates the pride in workmanship and provides an exceptional level of customer service. Behind the scenes, the Top Tradie possess exceptional business acumen with time management skills, new business acquisition strategies and providing upskilling development within the team.

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Retailer of the Year

The Leeton retailer of the year will demonstrate pride of business and place in the community. An eye catching shopfront that is immaculately kept, great presentation of self and staff and excellent customer service through in store and online mediums. The retailer of the year will also show innovation in the way they attract and retain customers and keep the locals looking at Leeton first for all their needs.

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Roll of Honour

Non Nominated Category 

Since 2007, The Irrigator’s Roll of Honour award recognises contribution to the business and the community. It is the paper’s way of acknowledging the importance of business to the community, as well as the people who own and operate them. 

Similar to a lifetime achievement award, The Irrigator Roll of Honour is not restricted to the past 12 months. It is not “judged”, but the recipient is selected because they exhibit what we see as a commitment to bettering not only their own business, but the business community in Leeton, as well as the town and shire as a whole.

Nominate a local business or individual for one or more of the categories above. We will contact them about their nomination and encourage them to enter the award. 

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