New format, new-look business
The Berrigan Shire Business Awards will be revamped next year, with plans to have a different theme each year.
After a two-year hiatus, the event will return in April and will only retain just two of the major awards of previous years — Business of the Year and People’s Choice Award.
The rest of the night will be dedicated to highlighting the set theme.
On Thursday, October 11, 80 people at the Cobram-Barooga Golf Club were asked to vote for a preferred theme for the first year during the Business Awards Night launch.
Themes included What’s New for businesses trading for four years or less, Automation, Innovation or Invention, Food, Wine and Hospitality, What’s happening in Main St and Made in Berrigan Shire — Manufacturing, Agriculture, Arts.
The preferred theme voted by the audience was What’s New.
Berrigan Shire economic and industry development liaison Merran Socha told the audience how the Business Awards night would run.
Ms Socha said the biggest change would be having just two awards for the whole program, however it would allow a greater emphasis on promoting the nominated business.
‘‘We want to focus on introducing businesses to the community whilst highlighting and showcasing what is here in the Berrigan Shire,’’ she said.
‘‘The way we’re going to run this is with a theme. One of the things we heard during feedback was there are always serial award winners and people.
‘‘So the new theme can highlight new business. We’re going to tell a story about the businesses that are involved with the theme.
‘‘Anyone can nominate a business and an external panel of judges will review all nominations and select a group of qualifiers. The qualifiers will be interviewed and the judges will select five finalists.
‘‘At the awards evening a short video outlining each of the five finalists will be presented so it will actually have a real focus on the business.