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Business Awards

Entries are now closed for the 2019 Telstra and Southern Grampians Shire Business Awards. The Awards represent an opportunity to benchmark your business, to assess your business processes and to identify what makes your business outstanding.

The awards welcomes back Telstra as our naming rights sponsor and are again proudly supported by the Ace Radio Network and Hamilton Spectator. This ensures the Awards are heavily focused on being a business development opportunity. Kevin Bennett will again be the sole judge ensuring independent professional judging. Kevin visits all entrants and returns to provide written feedback.

The awards provide a framework for peer recognition which fosters a culture for business development excellence, leadership and innovation. The awards process is heavily focused on being a business development opportunity for all entrants
The entry form allows a structured process of self- assessment and each business is interviewed by a single, independent professional judge and provided with written feedback. All entrants will be invited to attend a post awards meeting with the judge to discuss issues identified by the judge during the awards process, and offer suggestions for improvement.

Full details about the awards can be found HERE

Message from the Mayor, Councillor Mary-Ann Brown

The business awards are one of my favourite events of the year as it allows us to celebrate business successes and applaud those who are really making their mark on our region.

The application process provides business owners the opportunity to reflect on strengths, potential growth areas and highlight those things that set their business apart from the competition.

The awards themselves demonstrate the diverse skills and entrepreneurship in our Shire and are a wonderful chance to celebrate achievement. Council has an important role to play in fostering an environment that supports businesses and allows them to flourish, and the annual Business Awards provide this opportunity.

Message from our Business Awards Judge, Kevin Bennett

Welcome to the 2019 Southern Grampians Shire Awards. This is one of my highlights and l am looking forward to visiting and meeting the applicants for this year’s awards.

Over the past 12 months I have continued to visit many companies across Australia. Tours to North America and now Vietnam in 2019 continue to give me insights into how many organisations build sustainable businesses using well know Business Excellence Principles / Methodologies.

The model we use in these awards to assess all applicants is aligned with these principles / methodologies and I encourage all businesses in the Southern Grampians Region to take some time ‘out of the business’ and reflect on the questions asked
In particular for 2019 (and all future awards). I encourage all organisations to nominate an employee who deserves to be recognised. It has been a privilege meeting previous applicants in this category and I am sure there are many more within your businesses who deserve recognition.

For those of you who apply for the first time, congratulations and we hope you find this a valuable process. If you are returning, welcome back, and I look forward to meeting again soon.

Lastly, good luck to all the applicants, just being part of this process is a great step forward.

Message from the 2018 Business of the Year | Gen Health Hamilton

Gen Health Hamilton commends Southern Grampians shire for running a truly rewarding program in the Telstra Business Awards.

2018 was our second year participating and we continue to gain significant outcomes, other than the award itself.

Each year the application and interview process encourages us to continue to step out, reflect and innovate on all areas of the business, including culture, services offered and systems management. On both occasions this process has significantly shaped our future strategic plans and business direction.

As a community, we are privileged to have such an esteemed and experienced judging process and we encourage any local business to apply to have access to this type of business development.

Awards Timeline

Stage Date
Entries Open Monday 24 June 2019
Entries Close Friday 16 August, 2019
Judging Monday 9 September - Friday 13 September, 2019
Presentation Evening Friday 18 October, 2019
Feedback Visits November 2019
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