Getting into the winning swing
  • Saturday 10 July 2010

For many businesses, the start of a new financial year can be the motivation to review the business plan and look at new ways to increase profile and profits. Winning a Sunshine Coast Excellence in Business Award may assist on both counts.

One company who is definitely in the swing of things when it comes to winning is Twin Waters Golf Club. The club won the Sunshine Coast Excellence in Business Awards Tourism Large Business Award in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and as the recipient of three titles will this year be inducted into the awards’ ‘Hall of Fame’.

Sales and Events Manager of the Club, Maxine Meiklejohn, said that winning the Tourism Large Business Award multiple times was great acknowledgement for the role that the business played within the local community. Maxine said it was also testament to the commitment and professionalism of the Club’s employees.

“The awards represent a wonderful opportunity to be recognised within the Sunshine Coast business and broader community.

“The prestige associated with winning has certainly assisted in maintaining our club’s excellent reputation. By being recognised in this way three times it lets our staff know that they are working for a quality club that values them, our members and our customers.”

Maxine was quick to point out the holistic nature of the awards was a key point of difference when it came to entering.

“Unlike some other awards, winning a Sunshine Coast Excellence in Business Award is not just about the bottom line. Sure, there is a financial performance element to consider but there is also the performance of your staff, how your business performs within the local community and how your business culture operates,” she said.

Maxine encouraged all businesses to consider nominating themselves or getting a third party to nominate them and entering the 2010 Awards.

“If you know your business, you’ll find the entry process quite straightforward and I would certainly encourage other businesses to give it a go.”

With entries closing on Friday July 30, time is running out.

Sunshine Coast businesses are encouraged to enter the awards (at no cost) by completing a nomination form, or being nominated by a third party, and then submitting the answers to nine – 12 questions that make up the final entry submission. There are 13 award categories to choose from and with entry content limited to no more than six, A4 pages even the busiest of businesses should be able to find the time to enter.

The awards boast a range of quality, high profile sponsors including Sunshine Coast as a Platinum Sponsor and a host of others including Suncorp Bank, Sunshine Coast TAFE, University of the Sunshine Coast, Telstra Country Wide and more.

Sunshine Coast Council’s Chair of Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, Councillor Lew Brennan said he believed that by entering the awards and attending the award presentation ceremony in November, businesses received a perfect opportunity to celebrate their successes and to network with some of the biggest names in business on the Sunshine Coast.

“Regardless of the outcome the whole entry process is an excellent way of reviewing your business. It gives you a chance to analyse your strengths and weaknesses, makes sure you’re on track and provides the opportunity to promote your business to a broader network of customers and captains of industry,” said Cr Brennan.

HOW TO ENTER:

  • Nominations for the 16th Sunshine Coast Excellence in Business Awards close at 5pm on Friday 30 July.
  • Nomination forms and information is available at Maroochy Chamber of Commerce website or by phoning 5443 5661.
  • Categories include: Building/Manufacturing, Business Services, Creative/Knowledge Industries, Environmental Industries, Export, Food and Beverage Production, Innovation, Lifestyle Services, Professional Services, Retail, Tourism, Outstanding Business Person of the Year and Outstanding Employee of the Year.
  • All entries require a nomination and the completion of nine business submission questions (plus an additional three questions for the Innovation and Export categories).
  • The judges will evaluate entrants by way of the written entry submission, demonstration of best management practices, an onsite interview, a ‘mystery shop/visit’, and referee attestations.
  • The final Sunshine Coast Excellence in Business Awards ceremony will be held in November. It is the largest regional business award event to be held outside of a metropolitan city in Australia.