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Awards Categories 2017

STATE ALIGNED BUSINESS AWARDS FOR INDIVIDUALS

1. Young Business Executive (Age 18-35) sponsored by

The Young Business Executive award recognises an inspirational young professional aged between 18-35 years who has built a successful career within an organisation. To enter into this award the individual must have been employed by their current employer for a minimum of 12 months.

2. Young Entrepreneur )Age 18-35) sponsored by

The Young Entrepreneur award recognises an inspirational young person aged between 18-35 years who, through their own commitment and passion, has built and operates a successful business. This award recognises young business leaders who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic direction and innovative ideas whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming young business people.

3. Business Leader (Age 36+) sponsored by  

The Business Leader award recognises the positive contribution made to business by business people and professionals. The award recognises those who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business direction and innovative ideas, whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming business leaders.  Individuals entering into this category can be self employed or employed by a business.

STATE ALIGNED BUSINESS AWARDS FOR BUSINESSES

4. Excellence in Small Business (>20 employees) 

The Excellence in Small Business award recognises a business, employing less than 20 that has attained significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve sustainable growth in the previous 24 months.

5. Excellence in Business sponsored by

The Excellence in Business award recognises a business that has attained significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve sustainable growth over the previous 24 months.  This Award is for businesses employing more than 20 employees on payroll in Australia such as contractors, casuals and labour hire staff.

6. Excellence in Social Enterprise sponsored by

Open to businesses that have been established to further a social purpose in a financially sustainable way. These businesses are revenue generating and can be;not for profit; and for profit. 7. Start Up Superstar sponsored by Belle Property Group This category recognises a business that has been operating for less than 2 years that delivers a product/service/idea/invention with credible potential. This award recognises early-stage startups that have a solid chance of market success, and strongly displays the entrepreneurial spirit.

7. Start Up Superstar sponsored by

This category recognises ​a business that has been operating for less than 2 years that delivers a product/service/idea/invention with credible potential.  The Award recognises early-stage startups that have a solid chance of market success and strongly displays the entrepeneurial spirit.  

9. Excellence in Innovation sponsored by

Recognises businesses that have made significant contributions to their industry through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application.

9. Excellence in Sustainability* sponsored by

The Excellence in Sustainability award recognises businesses that are working to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment and/or provide products and services that have positive environmental outcomes.

*Where sustainability is your core business, you must enter this category based on sustainable initiatives and projects within your business, not related to your core offering.

10. Employer of Choice sponsored by realestate.com.au HOME LOANS
The Employer of Choice award recognises organisations that put in place strategies and initiatives to create stimulating and supportive workplace environments for their employees. These strategies or initiatives must have a positive impact on both employees and the organisation as a whole.

12. Local Chamber Award sponsored by

NSW Business Chamber will judge the Local Chamber of Commerce, Progress or Village Association or Business Chamber that is considered to be delivering excellent and innovative membership services. 

Regional Award Categories

12. Retail Business sponsored by 
This Award will be presented to the business judged as the best retailer in the Region. This could be as a shop front, online retailer, marketer or door to door.

13. Customer Service Award sponsored by
This Award will be presented to the business judged as the best in its exhibition of, commitment to, and the practice of, customer service.

14. Hospitality Award sponsored by

This Award will be presented to the business that provides the best hospitality service in the region. eg restaurants, cafes, accommodation providers.

15. Creative Industries Award sponsored by

This Award will be presented to the business that demonstrates excellence and innovation in the creative industries. eg design, film production, publishing, visual/performing

16. Business Services sponsored by 

This Award will be presented to the business judged as the best in providing excellent business services within their chosen field e.g. Real Estate, Finance, B2B, Legal, printers, wholesalers, Graphic/Web Designers

17. Home Based Business Award sponsored by Susan Templeman MP, Member for Macquarie 

This Award will be presented to the business that demonstrates purpose, excellence and innovation in their home-based business ie knowledge based services, graphic designers, coaches, training organisation, virtual administration etc

18. Boutique Accommodation Provider Award sponsored by

This Award will be presented to a business, with less than 15 beds, who can demonstrate their ability to deliver a ‘best in breed’ boutique accommodation experience within our World Heritage Listed Area by relaying what is on offer and guests experience of their product and services.

19. Excellence in Accommodation Award sponsored by

This Award will be presented to a business, with greater than 15 beds, who demonstrates excellence in accommodation within our World Heritage Listed Area that is comparative locally, nationally and internationally. 

20. Tour/Transport Operator Excellence Award sponsored by

This Award will be presented to the business judged as the best at providing visitors with an attraction in the Blue Mountains, bringing tourists into the area. eg outdoor activities, galleries, shops

21. Employee Inclusion Award sponsored by

This award will be presented to the business that has employed a person with a disability for at least a year at more than 15 hours per week and has best shown that the employee has been integrated into the workforce equally with co-workers.

22. People’s Choice Award sponsored sponsored by

This Award will be presented to the business which receives the most nominations from the local community. Nominations/votes may be made online at BlueMountainsAustralia.com/vote.

23. The Harry Hammon Regional Business of the Year Award sponsored by

This Award will be presented to the business which is deemed the overall “Business of the Year”, selected by the judges, from the winners of Category Awards apart from Individual Awards and the People’s choice Award.  

e.g. Real Estate, Finance, B2B, Legal, printers, wholesalers, Graphic/Web Designers

 

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