We’re now just two weeks away from finding out the winners of the 2018 Moreton Bay Region Business Excellence & Innovation Awards, including overall Moreton Bay Regional Council Business of the Year.
From manufacturers and environmental organisations to tourism operators and community support groups, more than 200 entries came in from across the region.
Here, we take a closer at some of the finalists in the Business Excellence categories ahead of the Gala Awards on Friday, 30 November at Eatons Hill Hotel.
Kallangur Dental Surgery has backed up last year’s category win and Business of the Year title by being named as a finalist for the Customer Service Excellence Award. It is up against Redcliffe’s Mon Komo Hotel, Northshore Pet Resort, Rothwell Physiotherapy, and Tasteful Transitions.
A pet food company, solar lighting specialist, international distributor of educational materials, and North Lakes-based manufacturer are all in the running for the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Moreton Bay Exporting Excellence Award, demonstrating the diversity within the sector.
Finalists are: Big Dog Pet Foods (Lawnton), Metromatics (North Lakes), Solar Bollard Lighting (Brendale) and Southern Cross Educational Enterprises (Narangba).
Whether it’s the beach or hinterland, the natural environment is synonymous with the Moreton Bay Region. The Cleanaway Environment & Sustainability Excellence Award recognises those businesses and organisations that have made a strong commitment to sustainable practices and environment improvement as part of their day to day business.
This year’s finalists include Coastal Protection Core, a Scarborough-based conservation organisation that is heavily involved in local events and works to educate future generations about the most challenging environmental issues. Coastal Protection Core is up for three awards – Cleanaway Environment & Sustainability, Building a Stronger Community Excellence Award, and the Telstra Innovation Excellence Award.
It is up against last year’s winner - Flock Eatery, a local café recognised for its farm-to-plate experience and focus on minimising waste; Narangba-based Kennedy’s Timbers, which specialises in the supply of recycled and eco-sustainable timbers; the ever-innovative Loop Growers from Samford Valley; and mobile soil recycling and screening company, SoilCyclers.
Having nabbed the Building a Stronger Community Excellence Award in 2017, Caboolture RSL is back again, this time as a finalist for the Quest Community News Business Marketing Excellence Award. It faces some tough competition, up against accommodation heavyweight Sebel Margate, Sesame Lane Child Care and Kindergarten, Kindred, and Bribie Island business, Larrikin Puppets.
The SRJ Walker Wayland Building a Stronger Community Excellence Award recognises an organisation that delivers strong, community-based initiatives that positively impact on, and deliver long-term benefits for the community.
This year’s finalists include A Brave Life, an organisation supporting young mums through its mentoring and baby bundle program. A Brave Life is a dual finalist, also up for major award category, SRJ Walker Wayland Community Group of the Year.
Coastal Protection Core makes another appearance in this category, alongside leading employment agency MatchWorks, Samford Commons, TerryWhite Chemmart Samford, and The Youth Development Foundation, which was awarded the 2017 SRJ Walker Wayland Community Group of the Year Award.
More and more visitors are flocking to the Moreton Bay Region every year, and it comes as no surprise thanks to the diversity of attractions, tourism operators and vibrant annual calendar of events.
The MBRIT Visitor Experience Excellence Award pays tribute to those businesses that are consistently delivering an exceptional visitor experience.
From the medieval wonders of Caboolture’s Abbey Museum, to the leader in up-close marine encounters, Brisbane Whale Watching, this category certainly served up some tough competition. Other finalists include waterfront hot-spot Sebel Margate, the ever-expanding Sandstone Point Hotel, and Markets & Events Australia (Redcliffe Jetty Markets).
It’s not just businesses and organisations taking to the stage as part of this year’s awards program. The Employee of the Year Award recognises an individual for their extraordinary professional achievement and contribution to their organisation.
Best of luck to this year’s finalists: Antony King (It’s Rocket Science Adventures), Ben Harrington (PCYC Pine Rivers), Jordan Bampton (Mon Komo Hotel), Ruth Woollett (Scarborough Physio) and Tracy Johnson (SRJ Walker Wayland).
Congratulations to all the finalists (and nominees) in the Business Excellence categories who made this year’s program even bigger and better than ever!
Next up, we will take a look at the finalists in the Innovation Award categories…
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