New for­mat, new-look busi­ness

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By James Ben­nett

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.

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