Bass Coast,

Become An Award Winning Business


Entries are now open for the 2015 Bass Coast Business Awards.

Following on from the success of last year, the Awards will run in two parts – a People’s Choice category, as well as the Business Awards, so both businesses and their customers can be involved.

Community members will be able to vote for their People’s Choice online, with all entries for the Judged Awards to be made through Council’s website.

Bass Coast shire Council Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said the Awards are one of the most popular annual events for our local business community.

“The Bass Coast Business Awards are a way to raise the profile of local businesses and highlight the benefits these businesses bring to the Shire,” Cr Brown said.

“The People’s Choice section is a fantastic opportunity for the community to nominate their favourite businesses.

“When someone from the community nominates a business for a People’s Choice Award, they also become eligible to win a $250 shopping voucher.

“There are also some real economic and promotional benefits for businesses that get involved.

“I encourage everyone to support the 2015 Awards and again make the Awards night a highlight of the year.”

Cr Brown said


All businesses in Bass Coast registered to receive business mail with Australia Post will receive a Business Award kit in the mail. The kit will include entrant’s information and a promotional poster to display in businesses for the People’s Choice Awards to encourage customers to vote.

Information booklets and People’s Choice Posters are also available online at and from Council’s Customer Service Centres.

Business Award entries close on 10 July 2015.

There are six categories in the Business Awards:

  • Business Excellence 0-5 employees - sponsored by Phillip Island Nature Parks

  • Business Excellence 6 or more employees - sponsored by Bass Coast Shire Council

  • Marketing and Promotion - sponsored by Destination Phillip Island

  • New Business - sponsored by the Victorian Government through Small Business Victoria

  • Environment and Sustainability - sponsored by Westernport Water

  • Good Access is Good Business - sponsored by Rural Access

The overall winner of the 2015 Bass Coast Business of the Year will be selected from the winners of these categories.

People’s Choice

Council is asking members of the community to vote for any business operating in Bass Coast that they believe provides exceptional service.

“We all know when we experience excellent customer service and now is the time to show your support for your favourite local businesses and nominate them in the People’s Choice Award,” Cr Brown said.

“Businesses aren’t able to nominate themselves in this section, but they should encourage their customers to put in a nomination.”

Nominations can be made at Entries are limited to one per person, per business.

People's Choice voting closes on 31 July 2015.

Awards Presentation Dinner

The excitement of the Business Awards culminates at the Awards Presentation Dinner on Friday, 21 August 2015 at RACV Inverloch Resort, Inverloch. The evening is open to all businesses, not just those that have entered, and any business can book a table for their staff and friends.

Last year’s event was very popular, so book early to avoid missing out. For bookings, please contact Council’s Business Development Officer, Emilie Barkley, on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, or email You can also book and pay online at