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Brilliant businesses from across the Northern Territory compete for prestigious Awards

A luxury pet resort offering pet-friendly ice blocks and doggy tapas joins a local theatre, a dance studio, restaurants and others as state finalists in the 2016 Telstra Northern Territory Business Awards.

Now in their 24th year, the Telstra NT Business Awards showcase and celebrate the achievements of the Territory’s most brilliant small and medium businesses across four categories: New Business, Micro Business, Small Business, and, for the first time, Charity, which is designed to recognise the significant contribution of not-for-profit organisations to not only communities but the economy as well.

Among the five Top End charities in competition for the inaugural Charity Award is Mental Health Association of Central Australia. The not-for-profit organisation works to redress the stigma of mental illness and provides support services to people in the Northern Territory, which has the highest rate of suicide and trauma of any state or territory.

Other finalists include Mexican bar and restaurant, Hot Tamale, which boasts one of the largest tequila bars in the southern hemisphere, as well as event technology provider, Dreamedia Events, mobile device repairer, SmartLab and customisable uniform supplier, TERRITORY UNIFORMS.

Showing the breadth of the NT finalists, the Furry Godmother is a luxury pet resort at Darwin International Airport, providing a safe, comfortable and stimulating environment for cats and dogs in their owners’ absence.

Telstra Business Awards ambassador, Andy Ellis, said this year’s finalists are once again showing Australia that the Territory is full of innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit. 

“The Telstra Business Awards shine a light on brilliant businesses in every corner and every sector of Australia. We are pleased to see that the finalists in the Northern Territory are committed to the local community, with a wealth of ideas and inspiring ways to serve those around them.”

The full list of the finalists of the 2016 Telstra Northern Territory Business Awards is below. For more information about the businesses, please visit the 2016 Finalists page.

New Business Award

Covai Café Palmerston
Territory Logistic Solutions Pty Ltd Blackmore

Micro Business Award

Champagne Dance Fitness Studio Palmerston
Clear Reception Darwin
SmartLab Darwin

Small Business Award

Able Finance Services Woolner
Dreamedia Events Darwin
Hot Tamale Darwin
The Furry Godmother Darwin Airport 
Top End Medical Centre Darwin

Charity Award

Brown’s Mart Theatre Darwin City
Cancer Council Northern Territory Darwin
HPA “Helping People Achieve” Winnellie
Mental Health Association of Central Australia Alice Springs
Riding for the Disabled in the Top End Inc Marlow Lagoon

Winners of the 2016 Telstra Northern Territory Business Awards will be announced on Tuesday 12 July, at the Darwin Convention Centre. State and Territory category winners will be flown to Sydney for the National judging on Thursday 25 August, culminating in a glittering celebration dinner on the night of Friday 26 August 2016.

Awards information and tickets for the Awards Gala Dinners can be purchased by calling 1800 AWARDS between 9am and 7pm AEST Monday to Friday.

Media contact:

Doug MacDougall, 0402 873 154

Reference: 085/2016

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