Ballina Business Excellence Awards 2019

Ballina Business Excellence Awards Win for Barefruit Marketing

The juicy team at Barefruit has taken out another accolade, winning ‘2019 Business Excellence in Business and Professional Services’ at the Ballina Shire Business Awards on Saturday August 10th

We were in top company competing with a variety of business services including real estate agencies, mortgage lenders and consulting companies.

Chief Juicer Evan Harding says “We feel that a large part of our success can be attributed to creating a workplace culture that is passionate - passionate about what we do for our clients, but also about our team’s wellbeing, and how we give back to the local community and beyond.”

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He goes on to say “We have brought together a team of highly creative and skilled individuals, who are dedicated to seeing their clients succeed in all aspects of their business. We spend the time to build personal relationships in order to thoroughly understand their goals and devise an individual strategy to ultimately deliver results.”

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We extend this approach internally as well. Our Agency manager says that we “Have brought together a group of people who truly care about each other. We work around individual schedules and have flexible hours which allow certain life, family and extracurricular activities to fit into our professional lives. This approach really pays off when the team are living a well-balanced life and are able to let the creativity and strategic thinking flow naturally”.

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We also donate a heap of hours on a pro bono basis working closely with community projects and not for profits. This year we dedicated our time and resources to the Ballina Shire’s ‘Reduce Single Use’ campaign, Biala Support Services (supporting people with disabilities) and Rafiki Mwema (who recently gained worldwide exposure when they were one of fifteen charities followed on Instagram by the Sussex Royals Harry and Megan).

Chief Juicer Claire Harding notes that “This is what I love about creating this agency from the ground up. We are able to craft a special workplace in the way we want to see change in business…and the world. I started this agency seven years ago in my dining room knowing that I wanted to do what I love, while seeing clients succeed and the community grow. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us.”

Optus My Business Awards Finalists

To top off an already exciting year Barefruit Marketing was shortlisted to the final 10 nominees for the Workplace of the Year category in the Optus My Business Awards!

The Optus My Business Awards are on of the longest-standing business awards programs in Australia, identifying Australia’s best business operators. Winners of these prestigious awards represent the best of the best. The powerhouse duo and the co-founders of Barefruit Marketing, Evan and Claire Harding, travelled to Sydney on Friday to attend this significant event, held at Sydney’s Four Points by Sheraton in Darling Harbour.

Covering 28 categories, the Optus My Business Awards acknowledge businesses and individual leaders that are achieving excellence in customer service and also recognises successes in innovation, corporate social responsibility and workplace culture.

"Our approach to people management and culture has shaped our business, our people and contributed to our successes" said Evan Harding on what he believes are some of the defining factors that lead to the agency’s initial nomination for Workplace of the Year.

On arrival back to the agency in Ballina Claire commented “Although we didn’t come away with the gold, so to speak, it was still such a momentous achievement for our agency and a privilege to be there with some truly amazing businesses from all over Australia.” Barefruit Marketing was the only nomination from the Northern Rivers – No small feat!

Barefruit Marketing shortlisted for Workplace of the Year!

Barefruit Marketing are shortlisted for the prestigious Optus My Business Awards, in the Workplace of the Year category at Australia’s longest-standing business awards and premier event of the year for SME's.

You can read the full article from the Ballina Advocate here.

Barefruit bears more fruit!

Barefruit Marketing were announced as winners of the Professional Services category at the Ballina Chamber of Commerce awards, last Saturday night.

“It’s been a successful year for us, we are so honoured to win this award, we were up against some tough competition,” says Claire Harding Chief Juicer of Barefruit Marketing.

This award follows hot on the heels of their recent wins at the Lennox Chamber of Commerce awards - for Business of the Year, as well as the award for the Professional Services category.

On acceptance of the award, Claire and Evan made comment that everyone in the room were winners.

 

“It takes a lot to run a business – the hours of hard work, juggling your children/house/partner/life and keeping your clients and staff happy – there were some great success stories at the awards night and we came away feeling so proud to be part of the Ballina business community.”

Barefruit Marketing are also greatly involved within the local community. Supporting and working with local businesses including Horizon Motorhomes who also took home an award.

“Our proudest moment was watching our client, Horizon Motorhomes pick up the award for Manufacturing and Innovation. We’ve worked across all their marketing for the last 3 years and because of the way we work, we feel a part of their business and their business success. We know how dedicated every area of their business is to achieving the perfect end product, all driven by the same owner/managing director for the last 21 years.”

Last year, Barefruit Marketing, 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 State Finalists in the NSW Business Awards in Sydney.

If you're in business in Ballina or beyond and are ready to invest in your marketing to take your business to the next level, Barefruit Marketing would love to be part of your journey.