Despite the manifold difficulties of running a business in drought-riddled Riverina, two Griffith businesses have proven they are still at the top of their game.
Bella Vita Riverina Tours and AQUNA Sustainable Murray Cod have come away from the 2019 Murray-Riverina Business Chamber Awards with more wins to add to their growing collections.
Bella Vita Riverina Tours took the Excellence in Micro Business, and owner Cassandra Cadorin was proud they were thriving in what was a difficult time for all business.
"I am super excited that Bella Vita has progressed, as this is the second year we are state finalists," Ms Cadorin said.
Even through tough times, they continue to demonstrate dedication to customer service, quality and continuous improvement.Andrew Cottrill
"It goes to show the quality of different experiences that are available here - it's not just a tourist trade which is what we initially set out for, but a lot of it is industries looking and investing in coming down to Griffith."
AQUNA Sustainable Murray Cod nabbed the Excellence in Sustainability award, with Chairman Ross Anderson saying they are extremely proud to be representing their region at the upcoming state awards.
"We are extremely proud. There are many high quality, innovative companies in the Griffith-Riverina region and we are proud to represent them in the state awards."
Hitting the world stage in a major way, their Murray-Cod has had the chance to feature in food fairs in Tokyo, Hong Kong as well as of course Australia, where they are currently at the Fine Food Fair in Sydney.
Mr Anderson said many professional chefs are starting to call it the "Wagyu of fish" due to the flesh's creaminess and high fat content.
The NSW Business Chamber's event was held earlier in the month at the Temora Aviation Museum, and saw over 180 people from 30 different local businesses to celebrate and showcase their success.
Regional Manager for the NSW Business Chamber Andrew Cottrill said the awards showcased the very best of our regional businesses - their innovation and commitment to excellence.
"It is wonderful to celebrate the truly remarkable world class business operations we have in our region," Mr Cottrill said.
"Even through tough times, they continue to demonstrate dedication to customer service, quality and continuous improvement."
These winners will progress as state finalists in the NSW Business Chamber's State Business Awards, to be held in Sydney on Friday 22 November at the International Convention Centre.
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