Gippsland businesses will be celebrated by the 2022 Federation University Gippsland Business Awards, launched on Tuesday (12 April) before a large crowd of supporters and sponsors. Awards Chair, Graeme Sennett, said the region’s business sector had experienced unprecedented challenges over the last two years and the awards were an opportunity to acknowledge their determination, innovation and resilience.
“For more than 24 years, these awards have acknowledged incredible businesses from across the region and thanks to local councils and corporate sponsors, this event helps us celebrate them,” Mr Sennett said.
As well as the prestigious Gippsland Business of the Year award, other categories are: Accommodation, Food Wine Producers, Health & Wellbeing, Hospitality, Manufacturing/Export, New Business, Retail, Business & Professional Services, Beauty and Personal Care, Mechanical Trades & Construction, and Tourism Activities & Attractions.
Winners will be announced at a gala event on Friday 26 August at Federation University.
Mr Sennett told those at the breakfast launch, sponsored by Latrobe Health Services, that the business sector was vital to the growth, innovation and sustainability of the regional community.
“They not only drive economic growth but provide employment opportunities for many locals, accounting for a large portion of jobs,” he said.
“In the pandemic, many businesses have had to innovate to survive. We continue to be amazed by their resilience and determination.”
Nominations are now open for the awards with entries closing on 3 June. They can be submitted on the Federation University Gippsland Business Awards website –
www.gba.org.au. Once a business is nominated, it will receive a unique email link to complete its entry. All entries are completed on-line.
“We urge all Gippsland business operators to take this opportunity to recognise their achievements during a very difficult period and celebrate their capacity to overcome adversity by participating in the 2021 awards,” Mr Sennett added.
For additional media comment please contact GBA Chair, Graeme Sennett 0417 509 149