The biennial Mudgee Clock Awards are on again.  In 2016 and into the future, the Mudgee Chamber of Commerce will team with the Rotary Club of Mudgee Sunrise to host the Awards. Sunrise President, Larry Wilkinson, and Chamber President, Greg Dowker, said the partnership will "enhance an already successful celebration of local businesses". 
Whilst businesses do not need to be members of the Mudgee Chamber of Commerce to enter the Clock Awards (or to win the Clock), the alignment of the Clock Awards with the NSW Business Awards program will give category winners who are members automatic progression to the Central West Orana Regional Business Awards and the possibility of further progression to the NSW Business Chamber Business Awards.  This year, the awards will have more categories, with seven of the category winners automatically progressing to the regional business awards if they are chamber members.
Further details about the Clock Awards and a link for businesses to complete their submission/s may be found at   Businesses must nominate their own business, an employee, an apprentice or a trainee.  It is important to remember that nominations/submissions close on Friday, 1st July.
Judging will be done online by a confidential panel chosen from outside Mudgee.  They will be experts in the field relating to the Award category, academics in the field, award category sponsors and NSW Business Chamber representatives.
Mudgee residents will still chose the Most Popular Business, now the People's Choice Award, either online or by paper vote.  People's Choice award voting will be open from 24th June until 22nd July. 
"Both organisations are excited about the Clock Awards changes and we are looking forward to working together to make the Clock Awards even better", Mr Wilkinson and Mr Dowker said.
The Mudgee Chamber of Commerce is offering a 20% discount on 2016/2017 membership to those businesses who enter this year's Clock Awards. 
Proceeds from the awards will be donated to a local charity and details of this will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Clock Awards Gala Presentation Dinner will be held at Parklands Resort and Conference Centre on Friday, 19th August, 2016.