If you want to build your brand, boost your confidence and celebrate your success, you should enter the Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards.
That is the word from past winners of the awards, which are open for nominations until 18 February, 2019.
The aim of the awards, which were last held in 2015, is to showcase, promote and unite businesses in the Scenic Rim.
Businesses can enter in the categories of Tourism / Accommodation and Hospitality, Retail, Trades and Construction, Agriculture, Transport, Logistics, Manufacturing and Mining, Professional and Community Services and Trainee / Apprentice of the Year.
1. Build your brand
Past winners The Lime Caviar Company praised the awards for giving them the boost they needed to grow their business.
The Lime Caviar Company, which sells fresh and packaged finger limes domestically and abroad, received the Business Innovation award in 2015.
Ian Douglas from The Lime Caviar Company said it was a defining moment.
Since the 2015 awards, he and his wife Margie have launched their world-first premium packaged ‘lime caviar’ finger lime pearl product for the domestic and international markets.
“The award really helped put The Lime Caviar Company on the map – there’s no doubt about that,” Ian said.
“Even though we were thinking about developing our packaged lime caviar product, in 2015 we didn’t think we’d actually get that particular product up and going.”
2. Boost your confidence
Business Encouragement award 2015 winners Valley Kitchen Kooralbyn credited the awards with spurring them on.
Owners Toni and Andy Cooper, who have since opened a second cafe in Beaudesert called VK Everydays, said the support was invaluable.
“It let us know we were on the right track doing the right thing and to just keep plugging away,” said Toni.
“It gave us a boost to hang in there and keep going, because small business is hard, being your own boss is hard and it just gave us that oomph to keep going, look at other ideas, keep our minds open for new opportunities and just to embrace our local community.
“The knowledge that your local council and your community are there for you, that they’re backing you, that helps a lot.”
3. Celebrate your success
Steve Ross from Nightfall Camp, which won the Business Marketing award in 2015, said it was meaningful recognition.
Nightfall Camp, which opened in March 2014, had already won silver and bronze at the 2014 and 2015 Queensland Tourism Awards by the time it won at the Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards.
Steve said it was valuable to receive recognition locally.
“We’d put in a lot of hard work, and winning the Business Marketing award made it feel like our hard work was paying off,” he said.
“It was an opportunity to celebrate the positive outcomes of our efforts.”
Ian Douglas urged businesses put their best foot forward and nominate.
“Any business that’s part of the Scenic Rim business community should strive to get some sort of recognition, and these awards are a prime example of that,” he said.
“We’re incredibly proud of getting that award in 2015, and there are a lot of worthy businesses in the Scenic Rim, there’s no doubt about that.”
The Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards gala presentation will be at The Centre, Beaudesert, on 29 March.
For more information, phone the Economic Development team on 07 5540 5111 or read more and nominate your business here.