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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 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.
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.