Nominate now for business awards

Published 5:00am 27 January 2023

Nominate now for business awards
Words by Jodie Powell

Entries are flowing in for the 2023 Moreton Bay Business Excellence and Innovation Awards, which celebrate the achievements of businesses and individuals.

There are 15 categories, plus the Business of the Year Award, with entries closing on Friday, March 17 at 11.59pm AEST.

A gala awards night to announce the winners will be held on July 7 at St Columban’s College, with expanded capacity to accommodate more guests.

Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT) CEO Shane Newcombe is encouraging businesses of all sizes to enter.

“Our small and medium businesses are the heart and soul of our region,” Mr Newcombe says.

“It is more important than ever to acknowledge these businesses that contribute to our region’s economy and provide jobs for local people.

“The simple fact is that we have thousands of businesses who qualify for these awards each year, but for reasons such as being time poor, lack of awards writing experience, or the belief this is not for them, they don’t enter.”

Mr Newcombe says the online nomination form guides entrants through the process, with helpful prompts about information to consider including in an entry.

Nominate now for business awards

Celebrate small business

Moreton Bay Region Mayor Peter Flannery says the awards are a great way to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work that’s gone into overcoming significant challenges to not only succeed but thrive in a post-COVID world.

“We’ve seen some amazing world-conquering and domestic businesses take home prizes at our prestigious Business and Innovation Awards in the face adversity over recent years,” Mayor Flannery says.

“Business in Moreton Bay is growing in confidence every day and there’s plenty of reason with the unprecedented amount of growth and investment that’s coming to our beautiful region.

“National and international markets are coming online thanks to Council’s Invest Moreton Bay initiative highlighting our geographic advantages of being near the Port of Brisbane and the Brisbane Airport, as well as our potential for industries like advanced manufacturing, food and agribusiness, and much more.

“But we know that small business is the backbone of the Moreton Bay community, which is why we want to give them the recognition they deserve.

“So, I urge all business owners to enter themselves into the 2023 edition of the Business and Innovation Awards, because you never know what could happen.”

Award categories

There are 15 categories, plus the Business of the Year Award, in the 2023 Moreton Bay Business & Innovation Awards:

• Food and Agribusiness Excellence

• Advanced Manufacturing Excellence

• Tourism Business Excellence

• Customer Service Excellence

• Exporting Excellence

• Environment & Sustainability Excellence

• Not-For-Profit Excellence

• Innovation Excellence

• Accessibility & Inclusiveness Excellence

• Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence

• Marketing Excellence

Individual awards

• Youth Innovation Excellence

• Businesswoman of the Year

• Employee of the Year

• Entrepreneur of the Year

The Moreton Bay Business & Innovation Awards is presented by Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT) in partnership with Moreton Bay Regional Council.

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