Black Gold take out the top award in the state!
The state’s most innovative, forward thinking and courageous businesses have been celebrated at the Business NSW Awards.
The state’s peak business organisation, Business NSW, honoured winners from all over the state at a black-tie event at Sydney’s White Bay Cruise Terminal on Thursday night.
The event was attended by Premier Chris Minns, Small Business Minister Steve Kamper as well 500 people representing more than 130 businesses.
Two Western NSW businesses took out top honours, with Topsoil Organics from Forbes winning the Excellence in Sustainability Award and Black Gold Motel from Wallerawang, winning the Excellence in Large Business Award.
Business NSW, Regional Director – Western NSW, Vicki Seccombe said these wins were incredibly exciting for both businesses and the region, with each business having gone above and beyond in respect to innovation, sustainability and leadership.
Black Gold Motel is a unique motel resting inside the historic old Wallerawang School, which was built in 1881. Through a series of transformations since 1995, the Black Gold Motel, Crib Room Restaurant and a State-of-the-Art Conference Centre has been created. Their recent room expansion makes them the largest in the area.
“Black Gold Motel’s clarity in understanding the drivers of their business is outstanding. Whilst the business has a rich history, they are driven by technology and innovation to provide insights into their business. More importantly, they have acted on those insights, that has resulted in the business being where it is today.” said Vicki Seccombe.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to see Black Gold Motel win the Excellence in Large Business award as the passion and drive that the Cluff Family has for their business and the Lithgow region is second to none”
Topsoil Organics is unique within the waste industry as they are a family owned and operated small business established in a regional location who are competing against key industry corporations operating in metropolitan areas. Since opening, they have diverted over 50,000 tonnes of organic waste from landfill and used it to create high quality organic compost ideal for application in broadacre farming.
Topsoil Organics are passionate about growing and developing a business that provides a service that beneficially re-uses all components of the food waste received at their facility, offsets carbon emissions, and returns valuable nutrients into the soil.
“This is Topsoil’s second win at the State Business Awards, having won Excellence in Small Business at last year’s State Business Awards in 2022 and they should feel incredibly proud of all that they have achieved.” said Ms Seccombe.
“Topsoil Organics is such an exciting and dynamic business and they are paving the way for our future. The initiatives being pursued demonstrates great ingenuity and it’s so exciting that it’s happening right here in Western NSW”.
“Black Gold Motel and Topsoil Organics should feel incredibly proud to be named amongst the State’s leading businesses for 2023 and these wins truly highlight the strength of the Western NSW business community,” said Ms Seccombe.