The finalists for the 2019 Armidale Regional Business Awards have been announced and the judging has been completed for the awards night on Friday.
President of the Armidale Business Chamber, Anthony Fox, recognised the great successes of local businesses despite trying times for most: "All award categories have been filled this year across 18 categories, including finalists from Guyra, Uralla and Armidale."
Among the finalists are APM, a business that has been "enabling better lives" for more than 25 years through a range of programs it delivers from allied health services, assessment services, psychological intervention, employment assistance, vocational rehabilitation and community-based services.
The business is a finalist for Excellence in Customer Service (Trade and Service) and Excellence in Mental Health and Recovery Support and regional manager Kelly Dummett has been nominated for Outstanding Business Leader.
"We are extremely excited and grateful to be recognised by the community for the work we do," said Kelly. "It's a great honour to have the opportunity to live and work in Armidale and be in a position to help people in our local community."
King's Gym and Fitness in Guyra is a finalist in the Start Up Superstar category. The fitness business opened its first gym in Glen Innes in 2015.
"We are locals who wanted to build our gym to be a safe place for the community to get healthy," said co-owner Karen King. "We are thrilled our business is a finalist in the awards."
Show Us Your Crack is Armidale's premier phone and tablet destination and the business owner Cal Ridley has been named as a finalist in the Outstanding Young Entrepreneur category.
"We are beyond excited and extremely proud to be a finalist in the awards, " said Cal.
Armidale PCYC staff have been named as finalists in two categories - Caitlin Fleming in Outstanding Young Employee and Sam Davis in Outstanding Young Executive.
"The nominations for PCYC helps to reinforce the good work the staff and the police are doing here at the club."
Pathfinders Armidale is a finalist in two categories - Excellence in Innovation and Excellence in Mental Health and Recovery Support. Pathfinders operates programs, projects and services that aim to improve the quality of life and wellbeing for the communities it services.
The family-run City Centre Motor Inn in Armidale is a finalist in the Excellence in Sustainability category for being Australia's first certified carbon neutral accommodation provider.