Business Excellence Awarded Again


Entries are now open for the 2014 Bass Coast Business Awards!

Following on from the success of last year, the Awards will run in two parts. A People’s Choice section will run together with the Business Awards, so business owners, as well as their customers, can be involved. In a step-away from paper entries, both parts of the Award’s will be run online this year, so entering your business or voting for the People’s Choice will be as easy as jumping online.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, 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 Rankine 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,” Cr Rankine said.

“I encourage everyone to support the 2014 Awards and again make the Awards night a highlight of the year.”


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 their business for the People’s Choice Awards to encourage their customers to vote.

Information booklets and People’s Choice Posters are also available online at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/businessawards and from Bass Coast Shire Council Customer Service Centres. Business Award entries close on 18 July 2014.

There are six categories in the Business Awards:

  • Business Excellence 0-5 employees - sponsored by Bass Coast Shire Council
  • Business Excellence 6 or more employees - sponsored by SP AusNet
  • 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 2014 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 Rankine 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 www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/businessawards . Entries are limited to one per person, per business. People's Choice voting closes on 8 August 2014.

Awards Presentation Dinner

The excitement of the Business Awards culminates at the Awards Presentation Dinner on Friday, 22 August 2014 at Silverwater Resort, San Remo. The evening is open to all businesses, not just those that have been nominated, and any business can book a table for their staff and/or friends.

Last year’s event was very popular, so book early to avoid missing out. For bookings, please contact Bass Coast Shire Council’s Business Development Officer, Emilie Barkley, on 1300 BCOAST (226 278), email emilie.barkley@basscoast.vic.gov.au, or book and pay online at www.visitbasscoast.com/tours.asp.