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Business Awards

Entries are now open for the 2018 Telstra &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 with 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 2018 Business Awards. As I continue to visit many organisations across Australia to identify Best Practice, a common activity I see for building a sustainable business is taking the time to regularly assess performance. Combining this with a realistic reflection of what is working and what needs to improve, this can provide valuable insights and create opportunities for all of your team to be involved and therefore increase motivation and ultimately productivity.

Please take this opportunity to challenge your Leadership, Processes, People Development and Improvement plans and continue the excellent work I have seen over the past years while judging these awards.

For those of you who are returning, welcome back, I look forward to seeing how you have progressed and improved. If this is your first time, congratulations you are taking an important step in future success of your business.

The Assessment questions are there to assist you and your business to develop a better understanding of the key elements to work towards Business Excellence.

I look forward to meeting you all very soon.

Message from the 2017 Business of the Year | Waltanna Farms

Participating and winning the 2017 SGSC business awards was an exercise that Waltanna Farms gained more from than the award itself.

Going through the application and interview process challenged us to stand back and spend time on the business. This enabled us to realign with old goals and strategies and also look to create new opportunities to further develop our innovative and can do culture. This benefits the Waltanna Farms group and our existing and new customers.

In the last 12 months Waltanna Farms has introduced new products to the market, Implemented the growing and production of Hemp, Increased our 3rd Party Processing schedule. All of this has been on the back of Innovation and courage. Courage to back yourself and your staff that you are market leaders.

The benefit to staff and the Award night itself was a great opportunity to network with other business owners in the area.

All businesses have something to offer, there is real benefit in participating in the SGSC Business Awards. Apply and you too could share the excitement and learning’s we achieved last year.

Awards Timeline

Stage Date
Entries Open Monday 25 June 2018
Entries Close Friday 17 August, 2018
Judging Monday 17 September - Friday 21 September, 2018
Presentation Evening Friday 26 October, 2018
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