Award program continues Council’s local business focus

Local business has been a major focus for the Ararat Rural City Council in recent months, as work continues, to reinvigorate Ararat’s business community.

Council is now looking to recognise those in the sector by encouraging businesses to enter the East Grampians Business Awards in a range of categories: agribusiness, retail, professional services, tourism and hospitality, and innovation and technology.

“The East Grampians Business Awards is a great opportunity for our region’s businesses to take stock of their achievements and think about where they want to go in future,” Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison said.

“They aim to recognise achievement and excellence, and applications are open to all businesses within the municipality, whether small or large, rural or CBD-based.”

The awards resemble a similar initiative that dates back to 1999, called the Grampians Pyrenees Business Awards.

Council says that this year, for the first time, the process has been simplified and that the connection formed between them and the local regional business association will help spread awareness to local organisations.

“The awards provide businesses in the Ararat municipality with the opportunity to grow, develop and further enhance their business, thus ensuring the awards remain a relevant and important part of our business community,” Dr Harrison said.

“All awards will be judged by an independent panel of judges, who will visit entrants’ businesses to gain a better understanding of their processes and operations.”

A special gala function will conclude the awards program on Thursday, December 5 at the Ararat Town Hall. An application form and more details can be found HERE.