Business Awards for Excellence 2016

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AWARD CATEGORIES

  • Small Business of the Year

    mcdonalds-logoSponsored by: McDonald’s Wangaratta

    Winners: My Slice of Life and The Best Car Wash

    Introduction
    This award recognises the high performance of business that has attained significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented, or provided excellence in customer service and quality of products or services to achieve sustainable growth.

    To be eligible for entry in this category:

    • The business must not employ more than 6 equivalent full time staff
    • Be shop front or home based business
    • Must consider committing to becoming a member of Business Wangaratta.

    Evidence of excellence in the following criteria will be assessed:

    • Staff and customer service
    • Shop design, decor and accessibility
    • Website design – online accessibility
    • Product and service (range and quality)
    • Sales and marketing
    • Leadership strategies and processes
    • Measure of growth or popularity

    Eligibility Criteria

    • The business must be located within the boundary of the Rural City of Wangaratta, and
    • The business has submitted all required and relevant business profile information to the event organiser through this online nomination system by Friday 18 September 2015.
  • Medium/Large Business of the Year

    mcgregor-machinerySponsored by: McGregor Machinery

    Winner: Wangaratta Pharmacy

    Introduction
    This award recognises the high performance of business leaders that provide excellence in customer service and quality of products or services being delivered to the general public.

    To be eligible for entry in the category:

    • The business must employ more than 7+ equivalent full time staff
    • Must consider committing to becoming a member of Business Wangaratta

    Evidence of excellence in the following criteria will be assessed:

    • Staff and customer service
    • Shop or office design, decor and accessibility
    • Website design – online accessibility
    • Product and service (range and quality)
    • Sales and marketing
    • Measure of growth and popularity
    • Differentiation from competing businesses in terms of product, service delivery and marketing.

    Eligibility Criteria

    • The business must be located within the boundary of the Rural City of Wangaratta
    • The business has submitted all required and relevant business profile information to the event organiser through this online nomination system by Friday 18 September 2015.
  • Casual Dining Business of the Year

    Sponsored by: CVGTcvgt-australia

    Winner: The Old Town ’N’ Country Tavern

    Introduction
    This award recognises the delivery of excellence for businesses operating within the hospitality tourism industry who who have tailored their business to provide a casual and relaxed dining experience.

    Local business can be nut not limited to cafés, bakeries, bars, eateries, hotels and takeaway outlets.

    To be eligible for entry in the category:

    • Must consider committing to becoming a member of Business Wangaratta

    Evidence of excellence in the following criteria will be assessed:

    • Staff and customer service
    • Shop design, decor and accessibility
    • General venue and atmosphere
    • Menu design
    • Sales and marketing
    • Measure of popularity

    Eligibility Criteria

    • The business must be located within the boundary of the Rural City of Wangaratta
    • The business has submitted all required and relevant business profile information to the event organiser through this online nomination system by Friday 18 September 2015.
  • Hospitality Business of the Year

    one-mile-motorsSponsored by: One Mile Motors

    Winner: Rinaldo’s Casa Cucina

    Introduction
    This award recognises the delivery of excellence for businesses operating within the hospitality and tourism industry who have tailored their business to provide a formal dining experience.

    Local business can be but not limited to café’s, bars, hotels and restaurants.

    To be eligible for entry in the category:

    • Must consider committing to becoming a member of Business Wangaratta

    Evidence of excellence in the following criteria will be assessed:

    • Staff and customer service
    • Shop design, decor and accessibility
    • General venue and atmosphere
    • Menu design
    • Select of beverages
    • Sales and marketing
    • Measure of popularity

    Eligibility Criteria

    • The business must be located within the boundary of the Rural City of Wangaratta
    • The business has submitted all required and relevant business profile information to the event organiser through this online nomination system by Friday 18 September 2015.
  • Agriculture & Manufacturing Business of the Year

    elders-insurance-wangSponsored by: Elders Insurance Wangaratta

    Winner: Merriwa Industries

    Introduction
    This category recognises a business or organisation which delivers excellence in service, product and/or operational practices within the Agriculture and Manufacturing industry.

    The businesses entering this category need to demonstrate sound practice, utilisation of system and display leadership within their field.

    This category is open to local businesses or organisations which use labour workforce, or convert raw materials, or goods to finished product.

    To be eligible for entry in the category:

    • Must consider committing to becoming a member of Business Wangaratta

    Evidence of excellence in the following criteria will be assessed:

    • Staff and customer service
    • Workshop or farm design and accessibility
    • Product and sale
    • Equipment, maintenance and safety
    • Techniques and processes
    • Import and/or export
    • Sales and marketing
    • Innovation and leadership

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • The business must be located within the boundary of the Rural City of Wangaratta
    • The business has submitted all required and relevant business profile information to the event organiser through this online nomination system by Friday 18 September.
  • Trade and Trade Services Business of the Year

    Sponsored by: Sarino Russosarina-russo

    Winner: Wangaratta Automotive Service Centre

    Introduction
    This award recognises the achievements of a business or businesses committed to providing quality service and support to their customers or to other businesses.

    Eligible businesses include, but are not limited to Automotive, Building and Construction, Communications, Food, Forestry, Furnishing, Light Manufacturing, Racing, Retail, Wholesale and Personal Services, Transport and Distribution.

    To be eligible for entry in the category:

    • Must consider committing to becoming a member of Business Wangaratta

    Evidence of excellence in the following criteria will be assessed:

    • Staff and service
    • Product or Service knowledge
    • Sales and Marketing
    • Measure or Performance and Popularity
    • Innovation in industry
    • Onsite safety
    • Training and workforce development achievements

    Eligibility Criteria

    • The business must be located within the boundary of the Rural City of Wangaratta
    • The business has submitted all required and relevant business profile information to the event organiser through this online nomination system by Friday 18 September 2015.
  • Tourism Business of the Year

    prime-seven-redSponsored by: Prime7

    Winner: Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre

    Introduction
    This category recognises the achievements of a business or organisation that provide a unique attraction and/or experience to our region encouraging national, international, regional and/or local interest and visitation.

    This category is open to businesses or organisations which deliver a high standard customer service and value. Eligible tourism businesses or organisations include, but are not limited to wineries, tourist attractions, sports clubs, community clubs, performance centres and day spas.

    To be eligible for entry in the category:

    • Must consider committing to becoming a member of Business Wangaratta

    Evidence of excellence in the following criteria will be assessed:

    • General venue appearance/tourist attraction
    • Staff and service
    • Marketing and promotions
    • Measures or popularity, sales
    • Diversity of target market
    • Resources or surroundings, partnerships

    Eligibility Criteria

    • The business must be located within the boundary of the Rural City of Wangaratta
    • The business has submitted all required and relevant business profile information to the event organiser through this online nomination system by Friday 18 September 2015.
  • Accommodation Business of the Year

    buswang-header-logoSponsored by: Business Wangaratta

    Winner: Lindenwarrah at Milawa

    Introduction
    This category recognises the delivery of excellence for businesses that provide facilities for customers to stay overnight and/or extended stays.

    This category is open to businesses which deliver to the customer an enjoyable, relaxing and flexible experience.

    Eligible businesses include, but are not limited to hotels, motels, motor inns, tourist/caravan parks, bed and breakfasts and villas etc.

    Evidence of excellence in the following criteria will be assessed:

    • General venue and atmosphere
    • Staff and service
    • Ambiance
    • Resource of surroundings
    • Diversity of target market
    • Facilities
    • Sales and marketing
    • Measure of popularity

    Eligibility Criteria

    • The business must be located within the boundary of the Rural City of Wangaratta
    • The business has submitted all required and relevant business profile information to the event organiser through this online nomination system by Friday 18 September 2015.
  • Personal Care and Community Services Business of the Year

    cafe-the-pre-vue-sponsorSponsored by: Café The PreVue

    Winner: Ovens Street Pharmacy

    Introduction
    This category recognises the delivery of excellence for businesses which operate within the personal care, health and well being sectors.

    Eligible businesses include, but are not limited to aged care, personal care, domestic help, medical centres, chiropractors, osteopaths, oncology, massage therapy, obstetricians, hairdressers and beauticians etc.

    Evidence of excellence in the following criteria will be assessed:

    • General venue/facility
    • Staff and service
    • Training opportunities
    • Safety
    • Availability/flexibility
    • Range of services
    • Marketing

    Eligibility Criteria

    • The business must be located within the boundary of the Rural City of Wangaratta
    • The business has submitted all required and relevant business profile information to the event organiser through this online nomination system by Friday 18 September 2015.
  • Commercial and Professional Services Business of the Year

    edge-fm-3neSponsored by: Edge FM and 3NE

    Winner: Mason Park Funerals

    Introduction
    This category recognises the commitment and achievements of businesses operating within the commercial and professional services which deliver excellence in all areas.

    This category is open to any establishment whose core business shows commitment and innovation within their field of experience.

    Eligible businesses include, but are not limited to real estate agents, medical centres, general business, legal, financial, medical and consultancy companies etc.

    Evidence of excellence in the following criteria will be assessed:

    • General venue
    • Staff, service and knowledge
    • Training opportunities
    • Innovation in industry
    • Improved technology
    • Product range and knowledge
    • Differentiation from competing businesses in terms of product and service mix, service delivery and marketing

    Eligibility Criteria

    • The business must be located within the boundary of the Rural City of Wangaratta
    • The business has submitted all required and relevant business profile information to the event organiser through this online nomination system by Friday 18 September 2015.
  • New Business of the Year

    wangaratta-chronicle+sponsorSponsored by: Wangaratta Chronicle

    Winner: Brookfield Maze Café and Garden

    Introduction
    This award recognises the delivery of excellence by a business for startup success within the first two years of business operation. This business will have a solid reputation for its products, customer service, innovation and general ability to succeed.

    This category is open to businesses of all trades and industry fields.
    Eligible businesses include any new business or existing business which is under new management which has been operation for a maximum period of 12 months and not longer than two years as at 31 July 2015.

    Evidence of excellence in the following criteria will be assessed:

    • Staff and service performance
    • Quality of products and services
    • Sales and marketing
    • Measures of popularity
    • Leadership, development and delivery of strategy
    • Effectiveness and appropriateness of business concepts
    • Differentiation from existing business in terms of product mix, service delivery and marketing
    • Early-growth success in a new business niche;
      Degree of product service or process originality, leading to the creation, protection and commercialisation of intellectual property
    • Ingenuity in achieving new and or better business solutions.

    Eligibility Criteria

    • The business must be located within the boundary of the Rural City of Wangaratta
    • The business has submitted all required and relevant business profile information to the event organiser through this online nomination system by Friday 18 September 2015.
  • Entrepreneur of the Year

    charles-sturtSponsored by: Charles Sturt University

    Winner: Mandy Hogan, North East Life, Wangaratta

    Introduction
    This award recognises an individual or small group who have demonstrated excellence in enterprise, vision, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, either in setting up a small business or successfully developing an existing small business or social enterprise.
    Eligible businesses must have been in full operation for a minimum of 12 months as at 31 July 2015.

    Evidence of excellence in the following criteria will be assessed:

    • Staff and service performance
    • Quality of products and services
    • Sales and marketing
    • Measure of popularity
    • Leadership, development and delivery of strategy
    • Effectiveness and appropriateness of business concepts.

    Eligibility Criteria

    • The business must be located within the boundary of the Rural City of Wangaratta
    • The business has submitted all required and relevant business profile information to the event organiser through this online nomination system by Friday 18 September 2015.
  • Workplace Development and Wellbeing Award

    gotafeSponsored by: GO TAFE

    Winner: Merriwa Industries

    Introduction
    This award recognises businesses which have demonstrated a commitment in the provision and support of education, training and commitment to a healthy workplace for its employees.

    This award category is open to all businesses of all trades and industry fields and which have been trading for a maximum of two years and who employ a minimum of three full time employees.

    Evidence of excellence in the following criteria will be assessed:

    • Reinvestment in its employees and business to support regional and economic development
    • Utalise existing government or private programs to develop new initiatives to attract workers to skill shortage areas
    • Encouragement of new and existing staff to further their industry knowledge, education and skills
    • A demonstrated commitment to policies and/or activities that create improvements in health and wellbeing, based upon:

    Healthy eating – Physical activity – Alcohol consumption – Smoking
    Mental health and wellbeing – Family friendly environment
    Resourcing – Research and innovative development (within the workplace)
    Workplace mobility/employer choice concept and development.

    Eligibility Criteria

    • The business must be located within the boundary of the Rural City of Wangaratta
    • Evidence of committed training activities throughout past twelve months
    • The business has submitted all required and relevant business profile information to the event organiser through this online nomination system by Friday 18 September 2015.
  • Environmental and Sustainable Business Practice Award

    netracksSponsored by: NE Tracks

    Winner: Merriwa Industries

    Introduction

    This award recognises businesses or organisations that implement policies and/or execute initiatives that demonstrate commitment, dedication and leadership to the preservation and protection of the environment. Initiatives can include, but are not limited to projects, programs, policies, processes, services, systems and technologies.

    This category is open to all businesses that have shown an innovative or longstanding approach to their environmentally sustainable practices.

    This category is open to businesses of all trades and industry fields.

    Evidence of excellence in the following criteria will be assessed:

    • Policies and procedures
    • Period/time of policy and procedures in place
    • Use of energy saving devices
    • Quality and quantity of waste management
    • Building design and location
    • Past and future innovations and initiatives
    • Staff involvement and training.

    Eligibility Criteria

    • The business must be located within the boundary of the Rural City of Wangaratta
    • The business has submitted all required and relevant business profile information to the event organiser through this online nomination system by Friday 18 September 2015.
  • People's Choice Award

    wangaratta-rural-citySponsored by: Rural City of Wangaratta

    Winner: The Pinsent Hotel

    Introduction
    This award is presented to the business or organisation that receives the most votes in recognition of their excellence from the general public and wider community.

    This category is open to businesses of all trades and industry fields.

    Evidence of excellence in the following criteria will be assessed:

    • Popularity of service
    • Popularity of product
    • Popularity of location
    • Popularity of affordability
    • Popularity of availability
    • Popularity of accessibility.

    Eligibility Criteria

    • The business must be located within the boundary of the Rural City of Wangaratta
    • All votes can be sent to Nolan Media and Events,2/21 Reid Street, Wangaratta, 3677 or scanned and emailed to: admin@nolanmediaevents.com.au

Business Wangaratta, your local Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with our major sponsor, the Rural City of Wangaratta, look forward to repeating the Logie style presentations this year. Paris Zachariou will once again MC the evening with his inspirational stories, songs and jokes.

Award Sponsors 2015

These awards provide a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to win widespread recognition for their ongoing determination, vision and achievements.

Over 300 people from Wangaratta’s business community celebrated at the 2014 Awards presentation dinner held, for the first time, at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, on Friday 21 November 2014.

In recent years the Wangaratta Business Awards for Excellence has seen a growing number of businesses engage in the awards process allowing all stakeholders the opportunity to assess the overall health of the business by way of assessment and reflection by qualified judges.

The awards evening presents a great opportunity to socialise and network amongst local businesses whilst experiencing a highly enjoyable celebration of achievements. Some businesses also used the opportunity to reward valued staff members, clients and customers.

It is the firm view of Business Wangaratta that a confident, vibrant and innovative business/commercial sector is an essential ingredient in ongoing community growth and we see these awards as a very important factor in achieving this aim.

The Wangaratta Business Awards for Excellence offers:

  • A professional review of your business
  • A means to examine your business and take pride in your achievements
  • Creating local and regional recognition for your business thus increasing your business profile
  • A competitive and marketable edge that will bring you new business
  • A way to boost team morale to new heights
  • An opportunity to showcase your business among peers and the Wangaratta community
  • Public recognition by way of successful winners being profiled in the Wangaratta Chronicle after the awards evening.

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