Red rattler right track for BEX win
WINNING not just one but two BEX Awards tonight would be the best kind of advertising, according to Dungay artist Fi Dee.
A firm believer in spreading awareness of business through word of mouth, Ms Dee, who operates Red Rattlers Gallery in Dungay, has been nominated for Best New Business Under Two Years and Best Cafe Awards - the first time she has been nominated for the awards.
“It's a great achievement for us considering we've only been open a year,” Ms Dee said.
“We never advertise, it's all done through word of mouth. People come here and take a brochure and tell their neighbours and friends about it. It's how we've done it all this time.”
Ms Dee said friends encouraged her to try out for the awards.
“Some other businesses we know encouraged us to go for the awards. We didn't know much about them when we first started up here,” she said.
“We really have to thank our local supporters who come out here. We wouldn't have gotten this far without them.”
Red Rattlers Gallery in Dungay is set up in two original 1928 Red Rattler train carriages.
The carriages were restored and renovated to include a gallery space, kitchen and a dining area.
“I really wanted a place to sell my art and the art of other locals and this was the perfect place,” Ms Dee said.
The BEX Awards highlight the pinnacle of Tweed business, both big and small, through a range of categories.
BEX co-ordinator Bob Robertson said tonight's awards will be especially special for first time nominees like Red Rattlers Gallery.
“Newcomers make up a large part of the BEX awards each year,” Mr Robertson said.
“It's great to have new businesses nominated and help spread the word of the awards.”
The awards night takes place at Seagulls from 6.30pm tonight.
A night of surprise entertainment has been promised by the BEX committee to top last year's performance by singer John Paul Young.
Thousands of dollars in prizes will be given out tonight, including three corporate packages to the upcoming World Rally Championships valued at over $1000 each.
A three night stay in Coffs Harbour valued at $1500 as well as hundreds of dollars in vouchers to Tweed restaurants will be given out thanks to Tweed Tourism.
A specially crafted $1800-piece of jewellery will be given out on the night to the most elegantly dressed woman thanks to Anderson's Treasure Store.
Major awards to be given out tonight will be the BEX Chairman's Award, the Young Business Achiever Award and the Gold BEX Award for the Tweed Business of the year.
Categories for the awards are in retail, tourism and hospitality, trade services, professional services, manufacturing or construction, new business under two years, franchisee, restaurant, cafes, hotel of the year and club of the year.
Tickets to the awards are still available. Contact (07) 5569 2335 to book. Tickets are $75 each.