Gold BEX to Madura Tea
MADURA Tea Estates walked away from the BEX Awards last night with the top gong.
The Tweed Business Excellence (BEX) Awards were held in front of a 700-plus crowd at Seagulls, with businesses big and small coming together for their night of nights.
Murwillumbah-based Madura Tea Estates had earlier in the night won the Manufacturing and Construction award for a business with six or more staff members.
Madura was founded in 1978 and is one of the only major tea companies that are still Australian owned.
“We are very excited to have won the Gold BEX,” Madura Tea national marketing and public relations manager Ray Fien said. “We have been here four times before and never won the big one.”
“I always enjoy the Bex Awards, especially as it gets all the Tweed businesses together on the one night.”
BEX co-ordinator Bob Robertson said there were more than 300 entrants across the board this year.
“It was another beautiful night for the BEX Awards. I think everyone was very impressed by the way it went,” Mr Robertson said. “Seagulls did a beautiful job in setting the room up.
Mr Robertson said choosing a winner for the Gold BEX Award was a hard choice.
“It was a very tough decision to make that took the committee a considerable amount of times,” he said.
“They were impressed by every entry they came across.”
Peter Sutton from Sutton Excavations and Hayley Buckner from Home, Life and Style tied in the Young Business Achiever Award.
Southern Cross University offered a $1600 bursary to both winners.
Tweed developer Alan Blundell was inducted into the BEX hall of fame for his numerous development projects around Tweed Heads.