EXCELLENCE at the centre of awards launch

The Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce are proud to, once again, present the region’s most prestigious business event of the year – the Business Excellence Awards 2024.

The launch was held as part of the Mort & Co Business at Dusk last night. Mort & Co were inducted into the Toowoomba Chamber Hall of Fame in 2023 and were the Focus HR Business Excellence Awards Business of the Year in 2021.

The Awards celebrate our broad cross section of businesses in 14 different categories, catering for the more than 16000 businesses in our region.

BEA 24 Naming Rights Sponsor announced

In 2024, two new categories of Awards have been introduced:

Businesswomen of the Year: Recognises businesswomen role models who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, business achievement and innovation, whilst providing inspiration and encouragement to other women in business.

Arts and Culture: Includes but not limited to artists, musicians, writers, performers, museums, galleries, theatres, festivals, or events.

Toowoomba Chamber President Myf Rigby said, “The Toowoomba Region has a rich and diverse economy, with over 16,000 businesses, with 62.6% non-employing sole traders, 35% with one to 19 employees, 2.3% with 20 to 199 employees and 0.1% with 200 plus employees.

“Our region is blessed with diversity, including mining and manufacturing industries, robust agricultural and horticultural businesses, a growing hospitality and tourism market, a large health and wellness sector and a continually growing small business community, which history shows has enabled the region to weather economic headwinds and grasp opportunity.

“After an Expression of Interest process with our members, we will proudly present the Little Pig Consulting Business Excellence Awards Series in 2024.

“The Awards in its 35h year, have been designed, to celebrate the efforts and achievements of our diverse and dedicated business community and recognise their contribution, not only to economic vitality but to creating strong, healthy, innovative, vibrant businesses that are nation leading.

“Most importantly, the awards are all about EXCELLENCE, the quality of being outstanding or extremely good, the President noted.

Little Pig Consulting Owner, Clayton Menyweather said, “We are delighted to have taken the baton from Focus HR to become the naming rights partner of the Business Excellence Awards.

“We believe it is an important role, to be the naming rights custodian of the Business Excellence Awards over the next three years.

“Whilst the naming rights provides us the opportunity to promote our brand, most importantly it provides a platform for all businesses to reflect on and share their journey, support and be inspired by others, much like Focus HR has inspired us.

“We cannot express enough; how grateful we are to be involved in Awards that provide the opportunity to celebrate our connected business community and shine the light on and learn from the many excellent local businesses.

“We are very proud to be part of the Business Excellence Awards and look forward celebrating excellence with the Toowoomba community over course of the awards season”, expressed Clayton pride.

Nominations for the awards are open and more information can be found on the Toowoomba Chamber website, or by contacting the Toowoomba Chamber team by email:


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