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The search for Australia’s best tradie

Australian tradies are set to battle it out for recognition as the best of the best at the inaugural Australian Trades Small Business Champion Awards, to be held at Western Sydney Conference Centre, Penrith in Sydney on Friday September 22, 2023.

The aim of the awards is to support and celebrate the vital contribution that trade business owners make to the local community, in service and in generating employment for millions of Australians, as well as their commitment to the Australian economy.

There are 44 industry categories that trade businesses can be nominated in, as well as individual awards for Apprentice Champion, Trades Entrepreneur, Trades Champion Leader and the Champion Tradie.

Awards founder and Managing Director Steve Loe says it’s about giving Australia’s tradies the recognition they deserve.

“Tradies are the backbone of Australian society and an integral part of the small business sector,” he says. “A third of Australia’s workforce are in a trade and the awards gives them the opportunity to be publicly acknowledged for their hard work and service.

“A trades career can often mean early starts, long days and exhausting manual labour. It’s a very physically taxing career and those who perform to a high standard deserve to be recognised for their contribution to the community and exceptional customer service.”

Businesses will be assessed on a criteria including customer service, quality of products, staff training initiatives, environmental sustainability and contribution to the community, by 30 judges representing a variety of trade industries.

Entries are open now, closing on July 27, with finalists to be announced on August 16.

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