Winners Feedback On The Northern Inland Innovation Awards

Winners Feedback

Gordon Cope - TRAMS, Armidale

Winner Research and Education and Innovator of the Year, 2009

“As the creative director of Training Resource and Multimedia Studio it was a great honour to be named innovator of the year at the Northern Inland Innovation Awards in 2009. Our educational software was a bit different and like everyone that does things differently there is always a lot of self doubt and endless worry that your product will find a place in the market. Winning the award was not a magic wand but gave us a lot of confidence that we were on the right track; it validated our initial vision that education could be engaging and fun rather than something to be endured.

That credibility played a part in convincing our customers to try our products and reinforced our confidence in putting it in front of them. All small businesses have their ups and down and there is never a well mapped path to success but the fact that a group of your peers judge that you have made something extraordinary can carry you through the difficult times.”

David Wallace - Manuka Chaff, Quirindi

Winner Agriculture / Horticulture and Associated Services Category, 2009

“Winning the competition gave us an entry into the Australian Rural and Outback Awards where we were fortunate to win the Business Training and Employment Section Award. The publicity from the event complimented our own promotions and gave us wider community exposure for our new product. Overall it gave us the confidence and momentum to follow our dreams and continue with the development and expansion of our business and product base.”

Jennie Studdy - Treloars of Tamworth Lingerie Department, Tamworth

Winner Professional and Retail Services Category, 2009

“We have experienced increased business from outlying areas - women now know that they do not have to travel to city centres for care, and that they the have ongoing local support for their journey to recovery. By our staff receiving recognition  for their dedication and knowledge, gained and enthusiasm and drive to continue their wonderful work and branch into more diverse areas to assist patients after breast surgery.”

Stuart Cole - Cliff International, Inverell

Winner Engineering Transport and Aviation Category, 2007

“We have blossomed from the awards. The night opened up so many doors like Governement help, trade shows and it was great to talk to people who have gone down this road before.”

Kerry Swain - The Cottage on the Hill, Nundle

Winner Tourism / Leisure and Related Services Category, 2009

“The whole day and night was very beneficial to me personally and business wise. I made some great contacts and the enjoyed the experience greatly. I found I gained a new sense of drive towards my business, I suppose I just took it all for granted and did what I had to do. After being at the awards seeing my achievements along with the others it made me proud of what I had achieved and what had been achieved in the area. It was wonderful to be recognised publicly for something that I love doing.”

Daisy William - The Armidale Culture Centre and Keeping Place, Armidale

Winner Indigenous Business Category, 2007

“We received a lot of exposure from the award night press releases. Quite a few community groups invited us to talk to their group about our business. We used the opportunity to promote our activities. This resulted in an increased number of bookings for workshops, tours, exhibitions and increased our shop sales as well.  Many Aboriginal artists from other parts of NSW and Queensland approached us to hold their art exhibition after reading about the award win and our gallery is booked up till late 2012.”