FOLLOWING the overwhelming support for local businesses, the Southern Highlands Local Business Awards has highlighted the close-knit ties between local customers and business people.
Community members have wholeheartedly thrown their support behind the best local businesses, with thousands of nominations for hundreds of businesses received.
Many businesses and their loyal customers now anxiously await confirmation that their efforts have proved fruitful and resulted in finalist status.
With the Local Business Awards brand being renowned as a standard of quality, local businesses are eager to be recognised among the elite from Southern Highlands.
In order to qualify as a finalist, businesses must receive commendable levels of support from their customers and the local community through the nomination process.
With this year's voting proving a competitive affair, qualifying as a finalist is an accomplishment and an indicator of success for local businesses. Once finalists have been decided, they will be notified of their status, and a list of finalists will be announced to the public.
Once the entirety of finalists has been confirmed, an extensive and comprehensive judging process will take place to determine the overall category winners. The number of nominations does not determine the winners. Finalists will be judged anonymously on their ability to deliver fundamental business principles.
Judges will evaluate which businesses are able to provide outstanding levels of personalised customer service, the appearance and maintenance of business facilities and staff, value for money relative to the quality of the product or service offerings, and the merchandising and presentation of product and service offerings.
Finalist Businesses are also given the chance to sell their strengths to the judges through an additional information form, covering details which may not be gleaned by a physical visit to the business. Customer testimonials and references are also highly valued by the judges; finalist businesses are encouraged to get their customers involved and show their support.
The best and brightest local businesses will be announced at the Southern Highlands Local Business Awards presentation evening on Wednesday, October 21. The presentation evening is a well-deserved time in the spotlight for outstanding local businesses. The event will be held at Mittagong RSL, and will be a great networking opportunity for all businesses, sponsors and dignitaries involved.
For further information about the Local Business Awards, contact Precedent Productions on 8577 5060 or log on to www.thebusinessawards.com.
With thanks to our supporters
The Southern Highlands Local Business Awards is made possible through the generous support of Major Sponsors Hume Coal and TrueLocal, and Support Sponsors Harper Entertainment Distribution Services, Clifton Accountants, Boral Cement Berrima, Wingecarribee Shire Council and Southern Highlands Business Women's Network.
It is only with their unwavering assistance that the program is able to recognise and award the high achievers of local business.
Hume Coal has been operating in the Southern Highlands since 2011 and is an active community member and employer in the region. All Hume Coal staff are local community members.
Hume Coal has recently released a proposed mine plan for a low-impact, underground coal mine in the Southern Highlands that will produce coking coal for steel making.
The project is designed to be one of the lowest impact mining projects in Australia.
The project will create 300 full time careers and a thriving industry for the long term. This means jobs for local families and a bright future for our region.