Wimmera Business Awards

ACE Radio Wimmera Business Awards 2022

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

The awards provide recognition of the efforts, ingenuity and talents of our regional businesses from the Northern Grampians Shire, Horsham Rural City, Hindmarsh Shire, Yarriambiack Shire and West Wimmera Shire Councils.

For more information:
Contact Vernetta Taylor
0419 114 274
vtaylor@wda.org.au
Applications close Sunday, August 21st 2022


Before you start your application please note:

  • The applicant’s business must have been operating for a minimum of 12 months to enter, with the exception of leading start up business applicants.
  • We recommend you download the Category PDF and review the application questions prior to starting your online application.
  • You must answer all questions. Only completed ONLINE applications will be eligible for judging.
  • ONLY ONE application can be completed via the same device. Multiple categories can be entered via the one application.
  • Partially completed applications will automatically save to allow completion at a later time, however you must access the application link via the same device.

Helpful tips:

  • The application process can be a valuable & rewarding self-reflection tool, and we encourage you to engage your team in the process.
  • We recommend you allocate a dedicated time to focus on your application.
  • The judges look for concise answers that are relevant, accurate and honest. They want to get a good understanding of the business and its operations.  
  • Only the category finalists, determined from the online applications, will receive an onsite visit from the judges.
  • You may choose to apply for more than one category via the one online application form.

2022 ACE RADIO WIMMERA BUSINESS AWARD CATEGORIES

RETAIL EXPERIENCE AWARD
Recognises businesses that offer an outstanding shopping experience through exceptional customer service, considered & unique product range and excellent store presentation and/or effective online presence. 
Example: Clothing, hardware, homeware, pharmacy, merchandise.
DOWNLOAD APPLICATION QUESTIONS HERE 




LEADING START-UP BUSINESS

Recognises businesses that have been in operation less than three years that are making an impact and demonstrating potential to achieve long term, ongoing success. Eligibility:  Business must have been operating three years or less.
DOWNLOAD APPLICATION QUESTIONS HERE




EXCELLENCE IN HOSPITALITY

Recognises businesses engaged in the food and beverage industry with a focus on hospitality, providing a unique and enjoyable experience for patrons and display a strong understanding of customer service. Example:  Restaurants, cafes, wineries, breweries, bakeries, catering companies.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION QUESTIONS HERE




COMMUNITY SERVICE IMPACT AWARD

Recognises organisations that make a significant and positive social impact on the community. They are applying innovative solutions to address social issues and better the community we live in.  Example:  Not-for-profit, social enterprise, neighbourhood houses, community support services

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION QUESTIONS HERE




TOURISM, EVENTS & ATTRACTIONS OUTSTANDING EXPERIENCE AWARD

Recognises businesses and organisations that actively attract visitors to the region and provide an outstanding experience because of a service, event and/or experience.  Example:  Accommodation, attractions, tours, activities, annual event, festivals.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION QUESTIONS HERE




TRADE OR SERVICE SPECIALIST AWARD

Recognises businesses that offer excellence in a skilled trade or service. This award celebrates businesses using innovative techniques, demonstrate attention to detail and overall craftsmanship while providing an essentialservice to our community. Example:  Beauty therapists, electricians, hairdressers, landscapers, mechanics, pest control.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION QUESTIONS HERE




PROFESSIONAL SERVICE INDUSTRY AWARD

Recognises established businesses that provide knowledge based professional and specialised services to other businesses and/or individual consumers with a loyal client base.  Examples:  Legal services, real estate, financial services, IT support, marriage celebrants, media publications, recruitment services, consulting.

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EXCELLENCE IN AGRIBUSINESS

Recognises businesses who play a part in shaping our agricultural community and are engaged in the producing operations of a farm, the distribution of farm equipment and supplies, and the processing, storage, and distribution of farm commodities.
DOWNLOAD APPLICATION QUESTIONS HERE




SMALL-SCALE FOOD & BEVERAGE PRODUCER AWARD

Recognises small-scale food & beverage producers that are demonstrating an entrepreneurial spirit by continually building their capacity while producing high quality products that celebrate the regions produce.  Examples: businesses employing less than 5 people, small manufacturers producing limited quantities

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION QUESTIONS HERE




MANUFACTURING & INNOVATION AWARD

Recognises businesses demonstrating continuous improvement, creativity, and innovation in the manufacturing of in demand products on a large scale.  Example:  Agricultural & other machinery, Electrical Equipment, Furniture, Large scale food production

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EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH, FITNESS & WELLBEING

Recognises businesses that provide excellence in health, fitness, and wellbeing services, with a solid client base and a focus on preventative health strategies.  Example: Physiotherapist, personal trainers, gymnasiums, nutritionists, health clinics.

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APPRENTICE/TRAINEE OF THE YEAR

Recognises an individual who is undertaking or has completed (in 2022) an apprenticeship or traineeship and has achieved outstanding occupational progress and demonstrated a positive approach to their employment and training.  Application must be completed by the training organisation or employer.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION QUESTIONS HERE




REGIONAL WOMAN IN BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD

Recognises inspirational women who are business owners, manager or executives. The recipient will lead by example and have fostered growth and development in their business while paving the way for our up-and-coming female business leaders.  Application must be completed by the nominee.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION QUESTIONS HERE




EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

The Employee of the Year award recognises employees who consistently demonstrate excellence in performance and are a positive influence on both the business and team.
Application must be completed by the employer/manager.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION QUESTIONS HERE




PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

Awarded to the business/organisation that received the most nominations by clients/customers and participated in the award application process.



WIMMERA BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This is the ACE Radio Wimmera Business Awards premier award.  All category award winners are eligible for The Wimmera Business of the Year award, which acknowledges all round excellence in business.


The awards ceremony will take place on Friday, October 21 at the Horsham Town Hall.
The awards give businesses new opportunities to expand their horizons by generating exposure and building stronger networks. For many business owners and managers, taking time out to reflect on their achievements is paramount to their future goals.