Gunnedah and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been named 2017 Best Local Chamber of Commerce by the state’s peak business organisation, the NSW Business Chamber, at a gala dinner at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.
The Best Local Chamber of Commerce Award recognises the achievements of a Local Chamber of Commerce in assisting their members by meeting business needs and advocating to maximise their potential.
The Gunnedah and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes all individuals and businesses who have an interest in the local business community.
Membership of the Gunnedah Chamber ranges from large manufacturers to small owner operated businesses and has increased by 12% in the previous financial year.
“We have experienced a notable growth in membership because we are vocal about our view becoming a respected organisation in the local community and being an effective advocacy group that gets results”, said Stacey Cooke, President, Gunnedah and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Hosting Chinese delegations has led to a domestic juice grower, Gunnible Oranges exporting 20ft containers of fruit every 10 days to China during harvest. Opportunities have also been created in the cotton, beef and linseed industries. A combined delegation of five local businesses from the Chamber and Council went to China earlier this year, followed by a fourth trip in August with hopeful investments in the local region in 2017/2018.
NSW Business Chamber Regional Manager, Joe Townsend congratulated Gunnedah and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry for their energy and determination to support the local business community and noted their export and investment efforts into China
“Local Chambers of Commerce play a vital role in representing the interests of business owners and supporting economic growth in their respective regions. It is clear that transparent leadership has been vital in Gunnedah and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry receiving this award in competition with over 10 other entries” said Joe Townsend.
Over the past three years, the Gunnedah and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry have re-emerged as a driving local voice, forging strong relationships with Gunnedah Shire Council and NSW Business Chamber in providing the local community the relevant skills and training to meet their current and future availabilities.
“The Gunnedah and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry should be incredibly proud to be named as the state’s best local chamber for 2017, and we wish the Chamber every success as it continues to serve the local business community”, Joe Townsend said.
NSW Business Chamber
Joe Townsend: 0429 993 822
Gunnedah and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry
President: 0467 422 447