Awards bare fruit for Ballina business

 

Thanks for the write up Ballina Advocate on our recent award win.

"WINNING the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce's business of the year award last week was a special moment for Claire and Evan Harding - even if it was the second time the business won the gong."

"The owners of Barefruit Marketing in Ballina have had a string of success in recent years and said that success has helped grow their business through exposure the awards have given them..."

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Barefruit takes out top gong!

Starting with one woman in the living room of her Lennox Head home, Claire Harding explored the possibility of establishing her own boutique marketing agency, founded on providing the Lennox community with one thing in mind – we want to do what we love, be part of the business community and help them grow.

Barefruit Marketing, established in early 2012 is now a full service, integrated marketing agency run by husband and wife Claire and Evan Harding. Together they have over 40 years combined experience, as marketing consultants in the communications industry, in the UK and Australia.

The business has grown year on year, and now employs 8 local people and the service of several local contractors. Barefruit works independently as the client’s ‘marketing department’ or alongside an existing marketing team on an ongoing or project basis. Services include strategic planning, branding, advertising, websites, graphic design, social media management, PR and Events.

Barefruit have now won the 'Business of the Year' award at the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards 2017 for the second consecutive year, winning this award as well as the award for the Professional Services category both years too.

To be recognised for this award is a huge achievement and one that all Lennox Head business owners would love to be recognised for, but there could only be one winner and lucky Barefruit take the award home two years in a row.

"We can’t believe it! Last year was a massive honour, to win Business of the Year in the town that we have made home, amongst so many wonderfully talented people. To win this award for the second consecutive year is a huge achievement for our team and our business, especially being up against so many other contenders, many of which we know," Claire said.

We are based in River Street, Ballina. The office dubbed ‘Barefruit Towers’ comprises of open plan workspaces, breakout sections highlighted with the bright Barefruit orange, artwork and a meeting/brainstorming room with space for clients and the Barefruit team to meet and regularly create. They also have a second dedicated home office space in Lennox Head (where the story began).

"We love Lennox (‘scuse the pun) and chose to live, raise our family and start our business here. The recent Love Lennox Festival was a really proud day for Lennox, with so many businesses getting behind it – the Chamber did a fantastic job pulling it together and we were proud to be part of it" Claire said.

"We employ a team of specialists to suit our clients. With four account managers that support us and act as our clients' day to day point of contact, as well as graphic designers, web designers, photographers and key industry partners."

We are greatly involved within the local community, supporting and working with local businesses and events, donating their time at the Love Lennox Festival for the last few years, as well as working with local businesses including BCMC (Ballina Campervan & Motorhome Centre) and Horizon Motorhomes, who took home the ‘Best Big Business’ Award and Beef+Beach Lennox Head who also took home the award for the 'Best Visitor Experience in Hospitality' Monday night.

Mrs Harding is also a dedicated board member for the Rafiki Mwema charity, a therapeutic safe house for young girls and boys in Kenya, run by three businesswomen from Lennox Head.

"We are very proud to be Lennox residents, business owners and a part of the local community. We want to do what we love, for people and brands that interest and inspire us, and we are so lucky that we have so many interesting and inspiring brands and people around us”, she said.

We now have quite a collection of awards including:

2015 - 'Best Home-Based/Online Business' at the Ballina Chamber of Commerce Awards, ‘Best Professional Service’ at the Northern Rivers Business Awards, State Finalist at the NSW Business Awards

2016 - ‘Business of the Year’ and ‘Professional Services’ at the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce Awards, 'Excellence in Small Business' at the Ballina Business Awards, 'State Finalists' in the National Optus Business Awards for Marketing Communications in NSW Business Awards in Sydney.

Finalists for the Optus My Business Awards!

Barefruit Marketing were shortlisted as a finalist to win an award in the Media, Marketing and Advertising Business of the Year category at the Optus My Business Awards 2016, hosted by My Business, Australia’s longest-standing business awards program tailored to the small business community.

Barefruit Directors, and husband and wife Evan and Claire Harding travelled to Sydney on Friday where winners of the Optus My Business Awards were announced at a five-star gala awards dinner at Sydney’s Four Points by Sheraton in Darling Harbour. Shortlisted to the final 10, Barefruit were the only nomination for their category from the Northern Rivers.

Also nominated for an award was Ballina’s Horizon Motorhomes, an award-winning motorhome manufacturer, who are one of Barefruit’s clients. Horizon Motorhomes won best NSW Manufacturer at the Caravan and Camping Industry Association awards in October, and some of their success can be attributed to work produced by Barefruit Marketing which includes the development of a national marketing strategy comprising design, website management, social media management, advertising, events, PR and online marketing.

Claire Harding said it was a joy to be nominated for the awards alongside one of their clients.

“The My Optus Business Awards are such a well-known and respected awards program, and it is such a great honour to be recognised together with our client, Horizon Motorhomes, for all our hard work.

“We are thrilled that our work is ‘bearing fruit’, and has led to success for our clients, notably Horizon Motorhomes who were awarded the CCIA’S Best Manufacturer award for the second consecutive year”.

“We are so proud to be putting Ballina on the map both with ours and Horizon’s nomination and really proud to be living and operating in the Northern Rivers and a part of the local community.”

“Barefruit was established with one thing in mind – we want to do what we love, for people and brands that interest and inspire us. We want to be part of their business and help them grow,” Claire says.

“We didn’t win this time, but being a runner up is such an achievement for both us and our client Horizon Motorhomes – big thanks to our respective teams for getting us to the shortlist of these national awards.”

Being shortlisted in the national awards tops off a particularly successful 18 months for Barefruit, who were Winners of the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce Awards 2016 ‘Business of the Year’ and 'Best Professional Service', Winners of 'Best Professional Service' at the Ballina Chamber of Commerce Awards 2016 and winners of three awards in 2015, the ‘Best Home-Based’ and ‘Online Marketing’ Award at the Ballina Chamber of Commerce Awards, ‘Excellence in Small Business at the Northern Rivers Business Awards’ and were also ‘State Finalists’ in the NSW Business Awards.

We won – Lennox Head’s Business of the Year 2016!

It’s the award that all Lennox Head business owners would love to win, but only one can take it home.

The winner of Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce Awards ‘Business of the Year’ was announced last night at Club Lennox and we couldn’t be prouder!

We took home the award for Business of the Year, as well as the award for the Professional Services category.

"We are so honoured to win an award so close to our hearts and home, especially being up against so many other wonderful contenders, many of which we know - it must have been a tough one for the judges,” Chief Juicer Claire Harding says.

“We proudly live and raise our family in the beautiful town of Lennox, and, chose to start our business here," she says.

Employing a team of specialists to suit our clients. With three account managers that support us and act as our clients’ day to day point of contact, as well as graphic designers, web designers, photographers and key industry partners.

We are greatly involved within the local community. Supporting and working with local businesses including Beef+Beach Lennox Head who also took home the award for the ‘Best Visitor Experience’ last night.

“We are very proud to be Lennox residents, business owners and a part of the local community. Barefruit was established with one thing in mind – We want to do what we love, for people and brands that interest and inspire us. We want to be part of their business and help them grow,” Claire Harding says.

Winning an award isn’t something new for us - in 2015 we won, ‘Best Home-Based/Online Business’ at the Ballina Chamber of Commerce Awards, ‘Excellence in Small Business' at the Northern Rivers Business Awards and were also ‘State Finalists’ in the NSW Business Awards in Sydney.

Barefruit are state finalists in the NSW Business Awards

Lennox Head based marketing company, Barefruit Marketing, were recently announced as state finalists in the 2015 NSW Business Chamber State Business Awards Gala for Excellence in Small Business. This award celebrates and recognises business excellence in NSW.

This Friday evening, Barefruit Marketing owners and founders Claire and Evan Harding will head to the State Finals held at the Pavillion Darling Harbour, in Sydney for the decider of who will be crowned the winner.

Barefruit Marketing is a marketing agency passionate about every aspect of marketing and their community. They offer a full marketing service including strategy and planning, design, advertising, digital strategies, social media,promotions, websites, public relations and events.

This year, has been a huge success for Barefruit, being named the 2015 Best Home-Based and Online business at the Ballina Coast & Hinterland Business Excellence Awards and the 2015 Best Small Business at the Northern Rivers Business Awards.

“Living in the Northern Rivers on the North Coast of NSW we are surrounded by amazing brands, built by incredibly talented people and we are so excited to be representing Ballina (as the Home Based Winner), Northern Rivers (as the Small Business winner) and Lennox Head.”

Their business is up against 15 other small businesses within the state. They are the only business from the Northern Rivers area in the Excellence in Small Business category and one of seven Northern Rivers businesses to be nominated as a finalist in the NSW Business Awards.

Congratulations to our clients Horizon Motorhomes and BCMC

CONGRATULATIONS to our clients Horizon Motorhomes and BCMC (Ballina Campervan & Motorhome Centre) for their massive achievement on winning two awards and for being nominated as a finalist for the NSW CCIA/MHIA Awards held in Sydney yesterday - we are so proud of you!

Horizon Motorhomes took home Best NSW Manufacturer 2015 - Motorhomes, Campervans & 5th Wheelers and Best of the Best Trade Business NSW and Horizon Motorhomes exclusive dealer BCMC was also short listed as one of three finalists for the Best Dealer/Retailer/Wholesaler Award.

This year has been a successful year for them - Horizon Motorhomes selling its '500th vehicle' in its 20th year and with their exclusive dealer BCMC winning '2015 Business of the Year' Award at the Ballina Coast & Hinterland Business Excellence Awards.

Barefruit, win Excellence Award!

Recent Ballina Business Award winners Barefruit Marketing have been honoured with another outstanding achievement by winning Excellence in Small Business at the Northern Rivers Business Awards.

On Saturday evening, Barefruit Marketing owners and founders Claire and Evan Harding were announced as the winners of Excellence in Small Business, at the Northern Rivers Business Awards, held in Lismore. This award celebrates and recognises outstanding business excellence in the Northern Rivers.

Only a month ago, Barefruit Marketing took home Best Home-Based and Online Marketing Award at the 2015 Ballina Coast & Hinterland Business Excellence Awards.

This was also a proud and exciting moment for the Barefruit Marketing team who are passionate about every aspect of marketing and their community by offering a full marketing service including design, advertising, digital strategies, social media, promotions, websites, public relations and events.

“We are so thrilled! Barefruit Marketing is 4 years old this Christmas and this is such a huge achievement for us. Thanks to our wonderful team - we couldn't do this without great people by our side.”

Their business was up against several other small businesses from Yamba to Tweed and they were one of only three businesses from their local area (Ballina and Lennox) to have won an award on Saturday night.

Barefruit Marketing will now head to the State Finals taking place in Sydney later this year.