Bass Coast,

Wildlife Coast Cruises Crowned Business Of The Year


Wildlife Coast Cruises has taken out three awards, including Business of the Year, at the 2014 Bass Coast Business Awards announced at the Presentation Dinner on Friday night.

The business also won awards for Business Excellence 6+ employees and for Marketing and Promotion.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, said the judges were impressed by Wildlife Coast Cruises’ development initiatives to expand their market, ongoing market research, comprehensive, targeted marketing plan, and their innovative ideas, such as their SMS Whale Hotline.

“I’d like to congratulate Wildlife Coast Cruises, all our award winners and runners up,” Cr Rankine said.

“Interest is growing in the awards each year. Feedback we’ve had from businesses is that entering the awards is a fantastic experience.

“It gives them the opportunity to review their businesses and help make decisions about their goals and direction for the future.”

Over 100 representatives from a wide range of Bass Coast businesses attended the event held at Silverwater Resort, which created an atmosphere of excitement.

Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Buckley, congratulated not only the winners, but all businesses that entered the awards this year.

Mr Buckley said it was great to see businesses from across the whole Shire entering the awards and being acknowledged at the Presentation Dinner.

“Our local businesses are delivering fantastic services and building a reputation across Victoria, which is great for our economy, for visitors and for residents,” Mr Buckley said.

“The growing popularity of the awards reflects the strength of our local business community.

“We know from past awards that there is an economic benefit that can be gained from entering.”

The Council was represented at the Presentation Dinner by Cr Neil Rankine, Deputy Mayor Cr Kimberley Brown, Cr Clare Le Serve and Cr Bradley Drew.

2014 Award Winners

2014 Bass Coast People's Choice Award winners

Health and Lifestyle Award - Aromatherapy in Action, Cowes

Hospitality Award – Cowes Caravan Park, Cowes

Professional Services Award - Sargeants Conveyancing, Bass Coast

Retail Business Award – Oaktree Boutique, Wonthaggi

Tourism/Attraction Award – Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, Rhyll

Trades/Services Award – Chase Computers, Bass Coast

2014 Bass Coast Business Award winners

Business Excellence 0-5 employees - proudly sponsored by Bass Coast Shire Council

Winner – Grantville Pharmacy, Grantville

Runner up – Aromatherapy in Action, Cowes

Business Excellence 6+ employees – proudly sponsored by SP AusNet

Winner – Wildlife Coast Cruises, Cowes

Runner up – Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, Rhyll

Marketing and Promotion - proudly sponsored by Destination Phillip Island

Winner - Wildlife Coast Cruises, Cowes

Runner up – Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, Rhyll

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

Winner – RECLAIMiture, Inverloch

Runner up – Hot Chic Charcoal Chicken, Grantville

Environment and Sustainability - proudly sponsored by Westernport Water

Winner – Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, Rhyll

Runner up – ArchiBlox, Wonthaggi

Good Access is Good Business - proudly sponsored by Rural Access

Winner – Phillip Island Tenpin Bowling and Entertainment Centre, Cowes

Runner up – Ripples n Tonic, Silverleaves

2014 Bass Coast People's Choice Business of the Year - proudly sponsored by SuperPages

Cowes Caravan Park

2014 Bass Coast Business of the Year - proudly sponsored by SuperPages

Wildlife Coast Cruises, Cowes