HARD work and dedication have paid off for the team at Dalby Rural Supplies, who have been named the Combined Rural Traders (CRT) Business of the Year for 2016.
The final round of judging, held over the weekend, saw the local business up against tough competition from other states around Australia.
CRT is Australia's largest group of independent rural retailers with close to 400 stores nationally.
Greg O'Neil, head of the CRT network on behalf of Ruralco Holdings Limited, said that while the competition had been fierce amongst the CRTs across the country, Dalby Rural Supplies was simply too good.
"Dalby Rural Supplies is an exceptional business. It consistently rates highly with customers, suppliers and staff. It has impressed with their wide ranging technical expertise, their constant drive to improve the business and their deep understanding of the needs of the local community.
"The leadership John Cullen and his team provide in rural merchandise and customer care is second to none. The support they give to the wider Dalby region is exceptional. They consistently demonstrate a deep understanding of the needs of the locals. The professional way the business is run, support for their staff, suppliers and fellow CRT businesses, is outstanding.
John Cullen, Dalby Rural Supplies principal, said the award was a great honour for the business and for him personally.
"Being recognised for the way we have serviced the Dalby region over many years is humbling, but it has been our privilege to work with the people here," he said.
"Our focus has always been to be experts on our region; the advice we give is specific to the unique challenges of farming here."
"The extensive range of services and resources we can provide as a CRT business means we can help our clients with everything from rural merchandise to insurance, but we never stop learning.
"Our team are to be congratulated on the very high level of commitment they show day in and day out; the award is a tribute to their dedication.
" The competition between the CRTs across the country is a very tight so this is great news."
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