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Hunter Business Awards set new model for COVID Safe events

Release Date: 1/10/2020
The Hunter Business Chamber is pressing ahead with plans for an innovative ‘theatre style’ gala awards ceremony for the Hunter Business Awards, following the NSW Government’s recent relaxation of restrictions on events.
The Awards, usually marked with a formal dinner for up to 600 guests, will this year be presented at a catered event at the Civic Theatre. Hunter Business Chamber CEO Bob Hawes said the revised format for the Hunter Business Awards would set a new benchmark for COVID Safe events.
“The Hunter Business Awards gala presentation is a highly anticipated event within the business community and we have worked hard to find a way to retain some of the prestige and glamour of the evening but in a COVID Safe environment,” Mr Hawes said.
“The team from the Civic have also worked enthusiastically to come up with a new event model and we are confident that with the stunning backdrop of the Civic Theatre and the goodwill of all involved, we will deliver an enjoyable and memorable event.
“The theatre-style presentation is not only a safer model in the current environment but gives us the flexibility to accommodate more people and for work groups of up to 10 to book seating together.”
Mr Hawes said the Hunter Business Chamber, as the premier presenter of business events in the Hunter region, was committed to supporting the hospitality industry as it recovers from COVID. The Chamber resumed its live events program in September and has since hosted two COVID Safe business breakfasts.
Entries for the Hunter Business Awards close at midnight on Monday 5 October and Mr Hawes urged businesses to enter the awards and take the opportunity to celebrate with staff in what has been a challenging year for many in business.
“We have streamlined the entry process this year to make it easier for businesses to enter and have a number of categories that recognise resilience and innovation in response to COVID,” Mr Hawes said.
Entry is free and businesses that are not currently members of the Hunter Business Chamber or an aligned local chamber can qualify by joining Business Australia for free. For more information or to enter the awards, visit

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