Forbes to celebrate best in business

Tonight is the night the Forbes business community has been waiting for – it’s the 2017 business awards gala dinner and this year’s Boscars winners will be announced.

The John Davis Motors team, Forbes' 2016 Business of the Year, on the red carpet at the 2016 Boscars gala dinner.

The John Davis Motors team, Forbes' 2016 Business of the Year, on the red carpet at the 2016 Boscars gala dinner.

Tonight’s black-tie event is on at the Forbes Services Memorial Club and tickets were in much demand.

Business chamber president Brett Rout is looking forward to the presentation evening and says it is an important one for the local business community.

“It’s a great opportunity to recognise the effort that our business owners are putting in,” he said. 

“Our business community is healthy in Forbes and it’s a good way to recognise people for that.”

The judges say the submissions for this year’s awards – with most categories aligned with the NSW Business Chamber’s regional awards - were excellent and the Business Chamber has thanked all those who entered. 

Categories to be announced tonight are: Excellence in social enterprise; Excellence in small business; Excellence in innovation; Excellence in business (20 employees or more); Employer of choice; Apprentice or trainee of the year; Employee of the year; Young entrepreneur; and Start-up superstar.

From the category winners, the 2017 Forbes Business of the Year will be chosen.

People’s choice awards, as voted by the community, will also be presented to the tradie of the year and most popular business.

Forbes businesses have gone on to success at higher levels of competition: HE Silos was named NSW 2016 Business of the Year after winning the Excellence in Innovation category of the regional awards.

Forbes Pre School director Amy Shine will represent Western NSW at this year’s State awards in the Business Leader category.

While celebrating local business success, BSR Group has announced Forbes Betta Home Living as their Retailer of the Year, Furniture and Bedding at the 2017 conference held in Japan.

The Forbes store is owned and operated by Ian and Mandy Westcott, who are the second generation in their family to own and operate both Parkes and Forbes Betta stores.

The award looks at branding, sales, service and community engagement.

The Westcotts greatly expanded their Forbes store in the past year, into the former Bernardi’s Supermarket store on the corner of Lachlan Street and Bedgerabong Road. 

BSR Group Chief Executive Officer Graeme Cunningham congratulated the Westcotts for their outstanding work over the past 12 months.