Despite the challenge of COVID-19, Gippsland businesses have demonstrated their ability to change and adapt in unprecedented times with this year’s Federation University Gippsland Business Awards attracting the biggest number of entries for years.
The finalists were announced this week, with 51 businesses making it to the final group across 11 industry and specialist categories, along with a new award - the Business Agility Award. The entries represent the length and breadth of the region.
Gippsland Business Awards committee chairperson, Graeme Sennett, paid tribute to all those businesses who entered.
“Never before have we seen such a challenging time for businesses,” Mr Sennett said. “The fact there were so many entries demonstrates the resilience of Gippsland’s small to medium businesses and their ability to not only survive but thrive.”
The categories are: Accommodation, Beauty and Personal Care, Business and Professional Services, Food & Wine Producers, Health and Wellbeing, 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 event on Friday 27 August at Federation University’s Gippsland campus in Churchill. The major winner, the Gippsland Business of the Year, will come from the category winners and will also be announced at the ceremony.
“This year, while the judging process has been extremely difficult, we are delighted with the number and quality of entries from so many diverse and inspiring businesses,” Mr Sennett said. “With such intense competition, our finalists should be very proud to be selected.
“However, I also want to acknowledge the many great entrants who have not been selected as finalists. They represent a strong, growing business community within Gippsland and we would encourage them all to reapply in future.“
Mr Sennett said because the 2020 awards were cancelled due to COVID-19, this year’s Federation University Gippsland Business Awards would be an “extra special” occasion.
“We look forward to acknowledging and honouring all our finalists at this premier business event in Gippsland.”
For further details of finalists click here.
For additional media comment please contact GBA Chair, Graeme Sennett 0417 509 149