Being part of the BEATS awards is a highlight of our local social calendar. We are really impressed with the professionalism of the organizers and the way it is growing. We are thrilled to be sponsors for this years awards.

Perri Wain
Vibrant Imaging
Silver Sponsor and Service Provider

See what Graham Mckenzie from Southern Cross Austereo had to say about coming on board as a 2016 Sponsor ..the fourth year in a row!


We were even mentioned in parliament!


It was fantastic to attend the Business Excellence Awards Tweed Shire, or (BEATS), on Saturday night. Our local small businesses are the heart of the local economy and our communities, and the BEATS was a magnificent celebration of all they have to offer. Around 200 people gathered at the Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre for the sold-out gala night, which saw finalists across 18 categories go head-to-head for the respective titles.

Congratulations to all the winners and the nominees especially, especially to the winner of the award for best community or social service non-profit organisation, which was Tweed Palliative Support, who also won the award for best overall business. Thanks also to the many sponsors and for the general community support for this event. I would like to acknowledge the organisers Toni Zuschke and the Natascha Wernick, both of whom did an outstanding job again in showcasing the local business community and arranging a truly magnificent evening.

it is also important to note that all of the produce and businesses sourced for this event are from the Tweed Shire. Special mention must go to Jonathan, Mel and all the team from Ju Ju’s restaurant, who provided the outstanding three course meal for the event. Also, the performers were just fantastic, especially local superstar 17-year-old Nina Baumer, who recently appeared on the TV show The voice. She was remarkable. Congratulations to all of the businesses that were nominated and acknowledged for their excellence in a range of fields at the BEATS. It was a great occasion to showcase the great diversity of businesses that we have right throughout the Tweed Shire and indeed right throughout the North Coast of New South Wales.

Parliamentary Speech – House of Representatives, Monday, 17 August 2015
Justine Elliot, MP

Foundation sponsor of the BEATS Awards



“Fantastic, Natascha! Congratulations on the parliamentary mention and Thank you for another amazing BEATS experience. We were truly honoured to be part of it and recognised in this way.”

Kylie Nation
Laurence Irvine Chiropractic

Winner 2015 Best Health and Beauty


“Just a quick email to thank you for organising such a fantastic evening on Saturday. It was a huge success, undoubtedly due to your work in ensuring it ran so smoothly. It was a great opportunity to meet other local businesses.”

Meredith Meeves
Best Business Practice 2015
2015  Finalist Best Professional Service, Education or Training


“An amazing evening all created from the minds – hearts and energy of you two.

Your inspirational leadership to pull together such a great team is truly REMARKABLE.

The whole night was fabulous :

The flow of guests through to tables – fantastic – the two young girls did a fabulous job.

The table settings very elegant and well spaced.

Both MC’s had a great night – ambient – relaxed and funny

Food – to live for !! I have already posted commendation on Ju Ju’s Facebook saying Carolyn and I went to the Opera House New Years dinner and post party and I can tell you the food was alright by golly Ju Ju’s blasts them out of the water !!!!

Entertainment fantastic LOCAL talent – they were all terrific love the big band sound and what a gift to have Nina as well.

Timing – fantastic ..hope the post party went well too –

With total honouring and admiration.”

Ilze Jaunberzins
PowerMindLeadership Coaching
2015 Gala Awards night guest.


“Thanks again for a wonderful night. Food was amazing and the entertainment was great. Already looking forward to next year.

Also thanks so much for your support, I enjoy being a part of the chamber and beats, and you guys always make me feel more than welcome.

Love it!

Nathan Day

IC Signs
2015 Best Trade and Primary Industry Award


Just a note to advise that Keven Pile, Workcover Senior Inspector, Regional Services North, Work Health and Safety Division based in Dubbo conducted an interview this week.

On his drive up he also conducted another interview in Glen Innes.

He was very interested in how we conduct our business, maintain our record and our utilization of technology in what I regard as normal business procedure.

I have taken a followup call today from him to clarify some details so it will be very interesting to see how our business rates against other participants.

We really appreciate the huge input of time, resources and dedication that you and Toni devote to ensuring that the BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS TWEED SHIRE continues it’s success.

Thank you so much for providing Neil Baker Earthworks the terrific opportunity to compete in the State Awards.”

Neil Baker JP
Winner of the 2014 BEATS Awards Work Cover Award


“Winning the 2014 BEATS Award – Best Creative Industries

has seen my art and Illustration business business profile raised to a whole new level nationally and internationally as a result of the airing of the episode about me ( the major prize) on the Art TV show Colour In Your Life. I have been receiving positive comments and congratulations from art lovers all over the world and the show has yet to air in the US and UK. My local and interstate clients in schools and libraries have also taken notice and offers of speaking and workshop engagements are flowing in. A fantastic weekend workshop has also been arranged for me on 1st and 2nd of August entitled “Drawing on both sides of the Brain”. This is the generous prize from Gillian Grove, founder artist of the well known Artable Art schools.
The BEATS award has given me a greater sense of pride in my Art business and pride in being a Tweed business.”
Facebook – David Lovegrove Art


Kerry Turner
Tweed Foodie Fest
Winner 2013 of the Best Event in the Tweed Award

Kathmandu Kitchen has won many awards over the years, mostly from Restaurant and Catering, and even been National finalists twice, having been judged by hospitality professionals, however, this local award means so much more to us as it places us firmly in the hearts of the local community.

 We have been super busy since the news of our win broke, and we can only put it down to the marvelous response to our award.  I think that winning in the Tweed Shire just has so much more impact on the local population, it is in a way a validation of their own favourite businesses.

  When i have a minute i am going to Like on Facebook every winner from these awards.

 Warm regards

Karen Shrestha
Kathmandu Kitchen
 Winner 2013 Hospitality and Catering Award


I would like to express my appreciation to you and Natascha for the wonderful night last Saturday.  I thought the overall presentation, organisation and entertainment was excellent, and I acknowledge the hard work of you and your team to deliver such a professional result.  From speaking with Barry, Troy and Mark I know they enjoyed themselves and were also impressed with the event.  Please pass on our thanks to your helpers and to the Tweed Chambers involved.

Richard Adams | Manager Business and Economic Development 
Executive | Business and Economic Development
Tweed Shire Council

It has been a real honour being a finalist in five of the categories in the BEATS awards, but of course the biggest honour was winning and receiving the People’s Choice Award. The Billabong Swim School staff and John and I have been so proud, and it was such a great feeling knowing that our customers were happy and wanted to see us receive this recognition for the quality of our program. We also won the Customer Service category and it goes to show that we honestly value what we do. Our teachers genuinely love what they do and care about our children and our parents are important to us as they see the value of swimming lessons not only from the safety aspect, but from the overall development that it gives each child. Our awards are proudly displayed at Billabong and whenever we have a promotion we take them with us to show everyone what we have achieved. It is our proof and evidence of the high caliber of the Billabong Swim School as voted by the members in the Tweed community and our customers. Thanks so much for giving us this opportunity to showcase the quality of what we do!

Judy Bonning
Billabong Swim School
2013 Combined Chambers of the Tweed People’s Choice Award &
2013 The Daily News Customer Service

Being involved with the inaugural BEATS awards last year was a positive move for our business from the start. Filling out the application questionnaire gave our entire team an opportunity to have input in the process, allowing us to reflect and see how much we have evolved and progressed as a business. To me it confirmed the team has ownership and commitment to the Tweed Valley Weekly and our readers.
While the questionnaire went off with our application it had other benefits as well as I was able to use it to obtain a significant government grant to help with a business review and strategic plan.
Winning the award for the Best Local Media Organisation provided everyone in our team with a sense of pride and satisfaction. I have the pleasure of working every day with a skilled and professional group of people and it was wonderful to see their efforts recognised. In a professional sense winning this award means we have obtained more credibility and more leverage for obtaining sales. The award itself sits proudly on our front counter for all to see and a copy of the award certificate is on all our email signatures, our website and other marketing material.
We are proud to come back again in 2014 as the Platinum Sponsor and sponsoring the category of People’s Choice. We are confident that the Murwillumbah Chamber of Commerce will again host another successful event.

Cherry and the Tweed Valley Weekly team
Winner of the 2013 BEATS  Media Award


 Stephen Armytage
Gymea Eco Retreat and Spa
Winner of the 2013 Most Environmentally Sustainable Business Award

Winning the 2013 Professional Services Category of the BEATS Awards was a wonderful experience and a great boost for our business.
It’s great to showcase our Award in the branch – which we have done since we won, and our staff have been proudly explaining the Award to our customers.
We are very connected to the local community and the Award has helped us communicate this message.

Bruce Parry
Summerland Credit Union
Winner of the 2013 Best Professional Service, Education & Training Award

When our humble art school Artable in Kingscliff won the BEATS award in 2013, we were a rapidly growing local art school with a strong local following. The prize for winning the Colour in Your Life Best Creative Business Award gave won us a feature on Graeme Stevenson’s Colour in Your Life television show. The show immediately catapulted us into the national and international spotlight. This meant we were able to promote our art workshops with local artists and our international art trips to a much wider market. The Colour In Your Life team are a dream to work with and I have no hesitation in encouraging artists to use them as a means to market yourselves and your art to a wider audience.

Beyond the feature on television, the BEATS award introduced us to the local businesses of the Tweed who have warmly embraced and supported both myself and the work we are doing. It has been a privilege to have been invited to speak about the growing success of Artable at business events and I thank the BEATS team for this incredible opportunity.

Gillian Groves
Artable Kingscliff
Winner of the 2013  Colour in Your Life Creative Industries Award

What the Daily News said:

Last year, the BEATS awards have Ms Grove the opportunity to promote her business with locally produced TV show Colour In Your Life.

“It was like putting my business on steroids,” Ms Grove said.

“The value of it for us is that we can help the local artists to get work.”

This year, Artable has gotten on board as a BEATS sponsor.

They’re offering the winning creative the opportunity to run a workshop worth $1000.

“I was a little bit invisible before the BEATS awards,” she said.

“Now, I struggle to find enough hours in the day to paint.”

Gillian Groves
Artable Kingscliff
Winner of the 2013  Colour in Your Life Creative Industries Award

Winning the 2013 BEATS Health, Well-being & Fitness Award for Excellence was a wonderful honour and a fantastic way to unite our team and celebrate 20+ years of serving our community with chiropractic care. The nomination process was a great opportunity to review our progress and business growth, and our winning Award is proudly displayed in our waiting room, office stationary and website. Being part of the BEATS has been a wonderful way to bring the team together, connect with more of the community, and celebrate the value of what we do!

Laurence Irvine
Laurence Irvine Chiropractic
Winner of the  2013 Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

Nathan Day
IC Signs
Finalist of the  2013 Customer Service Award and  Trade, Construction or Primary Industry award
Winner of the NSW Business Chamber  Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

It has been a pleasure to be apart of the Beats Awards!! We use our Beats Award in our showroom and across various social media sites. It has played a great role to further increase our creditability among the local community. The award has been well received by our customers and business partners. Thank you Beats!!

Nancy Evans
Organic Rosehip Skin Care
Winner of the  2013 Hair and  Beauty Category

The team at Tango Gelato was thrilled to be nominated in several categories of last year’s BEATS awards, and delighted to be awarded the “Best Retail” award.
Completing the nomination form gave us an opportunity to really focus and think about our business and the achievements and improvements we have worked hard to make.
The awards night was fantastic, and we were proud to be able to mix with some of the Tweed Shire’s best business operators.
After the awards we received many comments and congratulations from customers and passers by. We proudly display our award certificates and are very much looking forward to being part of BEATS again this year.

Gary Barlow
Tango Gelato
Winner of the  2013 Best Retail Category


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