In October 2022, Pursehouse Rural celebrated 60 years of business, welcoming the entire Pursehouse Rural team to a celebratory event in Tamworth.
The night, hosted at Tamworth West Leagues Club, kicked off with cocktails and canapes in the sunshine making full use of the garden facilities and live acoustic music. Guests were then welcomed inside for a comedic set from Nikki Osborne, or Bush Barbie as she is also known.
Around 120 members of the Pursehouse Rural team joined the evening and celebrated 60 years of successful operations in Agricultural distribution. The event included a celebration of employee achievements, with awards being given for long service and individual awards for those employees who upheld the Pursehouse Rural company values of Respect, Reliability, Resilience and Responsibility.
Respect: consistently demonstrating respect for themselves, colleagues, company and customers
Reliability: consistently dependable, trustworthy, steadfast and authentic
Resilience: strong inner resolve that inspires confidence and demonstrated leadership when overcoming hardship and adversity
Responsibility: owning and aligning decisions and actions in unwavering commitment to the strategic objectives of the company
This year’s recipients were as follows, Penny Plath (Pursehouse Rural Sarina Branch Manager) was awarded the Pursehouse Rural Values Award 2022 for Respect, Davin Goodwin (Pursehouse Rural Quirindi Merchandise Manager) was awarded the Pursehouse Rural Values Awarded 2022 for Reliability, Colin Parkes (Pursehouse Rural Narrabri Branch Manager) was awarded the Pursehouse Rural Values Awarded 2022 for Resilience, and Heath Forsstrom (Pursehouse Rural Quirindi Customer Service Representative) was awarded the Pursehouse Rural Values Award 2022 for Responsibility.
The evening was concluded by world class musical and vocals from Craig Calhoun and band who travelled from Sydney to Tamworth especially for the Pursehouse Rural 60 years anniversary celebration.
The event marked 60 years of hard work, growth and dedication to the Agricultural industry and to the rural communities each Pursehouse Rural branch services.
The business began from one merchandise store operated by Fred Pursehouse in the NSW regional town of Werris Creek. The business brought to the town by the railway connected the store to farmers across the region and laying the foundations to a business which would span 27 locations and two states in just 60 years.
Today, the business is led by Managing Director Malcolm Pursehouse and members of the Pursehouse family who remain in key roles across the business, Scott Pursehouse (Nephew of Malcolm Pursehouse) is Pursehouse Rural Chief Executive Officer appointed in 2022 and Anita Callachor (nee Pursehouse, Daughter of Malcolm Pursehouse) is the Company Chief Information Officer.
The 60 years anniversary event was a marker in the history of Pursehouse Rural, a celebration of Company achievements and an inspiration of the growth and direction of the business as the Company looks to 2023 and beyond.