AWARD CRITERIA

Cat 1- Customer Service Award

This is your opportunity to shine in the area of customer service.

Each winner will also receive a personalised plaque and the honour of being the recipient of the 25th Anniversary Business Awards, plus an “invitation only” event after the awards to celebrate with sponsors and other winners.

See full details of Judging criteria and how to apply >>here

Check the previous winners >>here

Cat 2 - Business of the Year Award

Business awards are based on 3 specific areas:

Professional service of the Year

Trade service of the year

Retailer of the Year

Each winner will also receive a personalised plaque and the honour of being the recipient of the 25th Anniversary Business Awards, plus an “invitation only” event after the awards to celebrate with sponsors and other winners.

How to apply & judging criteria >>here

Check the previous winners >>here

Cat 3- Visitor Experience of the Year Award

The Visitor experience of the year award is designed to encompass the local tourism and visitor industry and enables any business providing an exceptional “visitor experience” to nominate including, but not limited to, hospitality, accommodation, tour operators and attractions.

The Visitor experience of the year award is in two areas:

Excellence in Tourism Hospitality

Excellence in Tourism Accommodation

Each winner will also receive a personalised plaque and the honour of being the recipient of the 25th Anniversary Business Awards, plus an “invitation only” event after the awards to celebrate with sponsors and other winners.

The awards are a great opportunity for local businesses to obtain recognition for excellence in supporting the visitor economy in our region.

Judging Criteria

Nominations for this award are received from happy customers who have enjoyed an exceptional “visitor experience” whilst visiting the nominee’s premises.

Judging is based on Tourism Excellence, Business Planning, Marketing, Customer Service & Sustainability. >> find out more and how to apply here

Check the previous winners >>here

Cat 7 - Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award

The Apprentice/trainee of the year award recognises the overall performance in training, approach and skills growth.

Each winner will also receive a personalised plaque and the honour of being the recipient of the 25th Anniversary Business Awards, plus an “invitation only” event after the awards to celebrate with sponsors and other winners.

Judging Criteria

An apprentice or trainee can be nominated in various ways – by their employer, their training facilitator work colleague and/or their customers.

Nominees for these awards are judged during an interview process, on a set criteria which includes their job performance,  personal qualities, planning and goal setting.

>> find out more and how to apply here

Check the previous winners >>here

Cat 8 - GV Healthy Workplace of Year Award

This award recognises employers and employees, together with a supportive workplace environment, work in partnership to create and sustain good health.

Each winner will also receive a personalised plaque and the honour of being the recipient of the 25th Anniversary Business Awards, plus an “invitation only” event after the awards to celebrate with sponsors and other winners.


Judging Criteria

This award recognises where employers and employees, together with a supportive workplace environment, work in partnership to create and sustain good health.

Jusgement will be based on workplaces showing they provide health and wellbeing strategies, healthy workplace strategies and mental health and healthy employee morale.

>> find out more and how to apply here

Check the previous winners >>here

Cat 12- Hall of Fame

A business will be selected by the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce & Industry in recognition of outstanding Customer Service and Business Excellence as a Chamber Member since joining and being a continuous member over a period of years.

The winner will receive a perpetual trophy and framed Hall of Fame certificate – plus the honour of  being the recipient of the 25th Anniversary Business Awards, plus an “invitation only” event after the awards to celebrate with sponsors and other winners.

Cat 4- Best New Business under 2 Years

The best new business award is presented to a new business which has been in operation for less than 2 years.  This award recognises operators new to business who have demonstrated good business practice in starting, setting up, and growing their business for success.

Each winner will also receive a personalised plaque and the honour of being the recipient of the 25th Anniversary Business Awards, plus an “invitation only” event after the awards to celebrate with sponsors and other winners.

See full details of Judging criteria and how to apply >>here

Check the previous winners >>here

Cat 5 - Best Marketing/Advertising Campaign

The Best Marketing/Advertising award is a category to encourage creative and effective marketing.    This award recognises business achievements in reaching rural and regional consumers with modern and traditional marketing techniques.

Each winner will also receive a personalised plaque and the honour of being the recipient of the 25th Anniversary Business Awards, plus an “invitation only” event after the awards to celebrate with sponsors and other winners.

Judging criteria

Businesses will have been nominated for this award by others.  This award recognises business achievements in reaching rural & regional customers with modern and traditional marketing techniques.

Judging is based on creativity, originality and strategy of nominated advertising or marketing campaign with additional points for inclusion of social media.

Find out more details >>here

Check the previous winners >>here

Cat 6- Entrepreneur of the Year Award (min 1 yr op)

 This award recognises an individual or small group who have demonstrates excellence in enterprise, vision and entrepreneurial spirit, wither in setting up a new small business or successfully developing an existing small business or social enterprise.

Each winner will also receive a personalised plaque and the honour of being the recipient of the 25th Anniversary Business Awards, plus an “invitation only” event after the awards to celebrate with sponsors and other winners.

Judging Criteria

Cat 9 - Young Professional of Year Award

This award recognises an individual who has demonstrated excellence in enterprise, vision, innovation and community engagement, under 30 years of age.

Each winner will also receive a personalised plaque and the honour of being the recipient of the 25th Anniversary Business Awards, plus an “invitation only” event after the awards to celebrate with sponsors and other winners.

Judging Criteria

The Young Professional of the Year recognises an individual who has demonstrated excellence and innovation in his/her profession.

Judging is based on an individual who has demonstrated excellence in enterprise, vision, innovation and community engagement.

>> find out more and how to apply here

Check the previous winners >>here

Cat 10 - Innovator of the Year Award

As we know 2020 brought about a year of business change more than many others, and we would like to recognise businesses that have introduced new processes, services or products to affect positive change. This can be improving existing methods or practices or starting from scratch. Ultimately the goal is to reinvigorate a business creating new value and boosting growth and/or productivity.

Each winner will also receive a personalised plaque and the honour of being the recipient of the 25th Anniversary Business Awards, plus an “invitation only” event after the awards to celebrate with sponsors and other winners.

Judging Criteria

 

>> find out more and how to apply here

Cat 11- Sustainable/Environmental Business of the Year

To recognise a business that is adapting to a changing climate and a low carbon economy. Customers are recognising the footprint of a business and carbon emissions as being important with businesses they are interacting with.

Directors and managers need to take into account the carbon intensity to illustrate this to stakeholders and customers to ensure their patronage. 

Each winner will also receive a personalised plaque and the honour of being the recipient of the 25th Anniversary Business Awards, plus an “invitation only” event after the awards to celebrate with sponsors and other winners.

Judging Criteria

 

>> find out more and how to apply here