Murray-Riverina Regional Business Awards 2016

A WAGGA business giving all employees a paid holiday was recognised as the top place to work at during the Murray-Riverina Regional Business Awards on Friday. 

250 guests representing 61 business finalists attended the event, which saw Cootamundra business Truckie Gear take out the top honour as 2016 Regional Business of the Year.

The unique business has been developing and producing travel bags for truck drivers since 2013. 

Three Wagga organisations also took home awards.

Glenrock Country Practice won the 2016 Employer of Choice in the Murray and Riverina area.

The three general practice locations across Wagga was recognised a top spot to work after organising a staff holiday to Beechworth later this year. 

Practice manager Tania Cotterill said the weekend trip will include a winery dinner and visits to Beechworth asylum and a deer farm. 

“Having a warm, supportive environment for all our staff is paramount as we all spend so much time together on a daily basis,” she said. 

“Our practice wanted to organise a team bonding weekend so all staff will be attending a weekend away together in November.”

Ron Crouch Transport won the Excellence in Business Ethics Award.

Managing director Geoff Crouch said he couldn’t point to a single example because it was a standard staff kept up around the clock.

“It’s extremely important that our entire staff display the highest level of ethics,” he said.  

“It is something they do all day, everyday.”

Wagga woman Lisa Cameron from the Tilma Group was awarded the 2016 Young Business Executive prize. 

Wagga Business Chamber was also recognised for the second year in a row as the region’s chamber of the year.

Chamber business manager Michelle Bray said she was looking forward to attended the state business awards in Sydney with other local winners in November. 

“I was really surprised to take it out again,” she said.

“I am really hoping we might have a chance at the state award this year given we are the largest chamber in the state. 

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