Gippsland Business Awards Finalists Announced

Media Release – July 2018.

Finalists in this year’s Federation Business School Gippsland Business Awards have “really earned their stripes”, being selected from the largest number of entries in several years.

The finalists were announced this week, with 46 businesses making it to the final group in 11 industry and specialist categories. The whole of the region was well represented.

Gippsland Business Awards committee chairperson, Graeme Sennett, said there was an increase in the number of entries this year with the standard extremely competitive. “The award entries again demonstrate the diverse and inspiring range of Gippsland’s small to medium businesses,” he said.

The categories include Accommodation, Beauty and Personal Care, Business and Professional Services, Food Wine Producers, Health and Well Being, Hospitality, Manufacturing / Export, Mechanical Trades and Construction, New Business, Retail, Tourism Activities and Attractions.

Each of the category winners will be announced at the gala presentation evening, this year on Friday 31 August at the Premiere Function Centre in Traralgon. The major winner, the Gippsland Business of the Year, will come from the category winners and also be announced at the presentation evening.

“With the amount of entries this year, the judging process has been extremely difficult but we are delighted with the number and quality of entries,” Mr Sennett said.  “Those businesses who have made it to the finals can be very proud because the competition was intense.

“Along with the status of appearing on the regional stage at the Federation Business School awards, many businesses use the process as a means of improving themselves. It’s a really good self-assessment tool.”

In 2017, nearly 400 people attended the Gala Awards night, which recognises the achievements of the finalists, celebrates the winners and is a  networking opportunity for these leading Gippsland businesses.

For further details of finalists refer to the Federation Business School Gippsland Business Awards website at  

For additional media comment please contact Graeme Sennett 0417 509 149

2018 Finalists


BIG4 Inverloch Holiday Park Inverloch
Port Albert Motel Port Albert
Prom Country Lodge Foster

Beauty and Personal Care

Elva’s Hairdressing Sale
Embrace Fitness and Wellbeing Morwell
Lekeyah Skin Rejuvenation Centre Traralgon
The Cassidy Crew Warragul

Business and Professional Services

Astute Gippsland Traralgon
Methmac Communications Willow Grove
Satin Edge Photography Warragul
Seen Agency Warragul
WorkforceXS Traralgon Traralgon

Food Wine Producers

Avon Ridge Vineyard Maffra
Dirty Three Wines Inverloch
Gippsland Jersey Jindivick
Harman Wines Wattle Bank
Sailors Grave Brewing Orbost

Health and Well Being

East Gippsland Osteopathic Clinic Orbost
Gippsland Audiology Morwell
Gippsland Physiotherapy Group Morwell
Warragul Dental Care Warragul


Portside Food and Wine Sale
Cheeky Goose Cafe Cowes
Stellina Traralgon
Duart Homestead Maffra

Manufacturing / Export

Cottage Garden Threads Mirboo North
Eli Innovation Warragul
Elite Pack Drouin

Mechanical Trades and Construction

Colmac Homes Sale
CPK McLaren MotorBody Leongatha
Cutting Edge Electrical Warragul
Hi Tek Kitchens Pty Ltd Traralgon
Quality Site Welding Pty Ltd Warragul

New Business

GippsTech Warragul
Little Gippsland Brewing Company Traralgon
Sale Garden Supplies Sale
SignCo Traralgon
The Dojo Factory Drouin


Flowers by Rhi Traralgon
KPD Industries San Remo
Traralgon H Hardware Traralgon
Norte Wear Inverloch

Tourism Activities and Attractions

Refuge Cove Cruises Port Welshpool
Events by Kate Inverloch
Blue Tree Honey Farm Dumbalk
Walhalla Goldfields Railway Walhalla