BOAMBEE'S Southern Cross Commercial Cleaning and Direct Wholesale Services in Coffs Harbour have been recognised for their enterprising business spirit and received 2014 BCU Bill Ussher Enterprise and Innovation awards.
Created to support business and employment across the region, the awards seek out innovators focussed on planning and growth.
Winners receive a helping hand from BCU to the tune of $10,000 towards the wages of an apprentice or trainee to assist in the growth of their business.
Additional funds are provided to enlist the services of MEGT Recruitment and Management Services to administer the new employees and ensure the business owners can continue with their business focus.
Tammy and Dale Ryan from Southern Cross Commercial Cleaning have grown the business from having no contracts in 2008 to employing 12 staff and servicing a growing customer base.
Direct Wholesale Services owners Barry and Deb Ford have made considerable improvements to the business since taking over in early 2013.
With a strong plan for future growth, they have an upgrade process underway and now plan to employ an espresso coffee machine trainee to help the current technician meet growing demand.
The annual awards are offered in memory of BCU's founding chairman Bill Ussher who worked tirelessly to bring a 'fair go' banking alternative to the businesses and residents of the region once known as The Bananacoast.
In conjunction with the awards, BCU has also recognised the talents, dedication and hard work of students, apprentices and trainees, awarding them each $1,000 towards study or career-related expenses.
The 2014 scholarship winners include Samuel Kete (Nambucca Heads), Daniel Turner (Coffs Harbour), Hannah Galea (Bellingen), Cameron Charleson (Repton), Jordi McAlister (Bowraville) and Abi Davidson (Coffs Harbour).