Busi­ness nom­i­nees meet the judges

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In­ter­views for the 2019 Ber­ri­gan Shire Busi­ness Awards were held yes­ter­day at the Tocumwal Golf Club con­fer­ence room, and the judges are now de­lib­er­at­ing to se­lect the eight fi­nal­ists.

Twelve 25 minute in­ter­views were held and the judges com­mented on the in­cred­i­bly high stan­dard and won­der­ful di­ver­sity in busi­ness they have seen.

Judg­ing panel chair­man and lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive Spencer Rutherford said it will not be an easy de­ci­sion.

‘‘The judges’ task is not an en­vi­able one as, ul­ti­mately, four busi­nesses will miss out on the fi­nal­ist sta­tus,’’ he said.

‘‘But they have all been very in­ter­est­ing and we would like to thank them all for their ef­fort in pre­sent­ing for the in­ter­view.

‘‘It is great to see so much imag­i­na­tion and in­no­va­tion in our lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity, and we will end with eight top class busi­nesses in the fi­nals.’’

A new for­mat has been adopted for the 2019 Ber­ri­gan Shire Busi­ness Awards, with this year’s awards based on the joint theme of ‘Made in Ber­ri­gan Shire’ and ‘What’s new in Ber­ri­gan Shire?’

Mayor Matt Han­nan said the new for­mat is ‘‘rolling out well’’.

‘‘We have found a few points that will need to be ironed out in the fu­ture, but over­all it has been a good process.

‘‘We hope the busi­nesses that have been in­volved in the in­ter­views to­day get a sense of sat­is­fac­tion from it.’’

Each of the eight fi­nal­ists se­lected by the judges will be of­fered the chance to de­velop a pro­fes­sion­ally styled pro­mo­tional video to show­case their busi­ness.

The eight videos will be launched on the evening of the Busi­ness Awards din­ner, held at the Co­bram Ba­rooga Golf Club on April 17.

Tick­ets for this great night out will be avail­able soon.

The SOUTH­ERN RIVERINA NEWS is a ma­jor spon­sor of the 2019 Ber­ri­gan Shire Busi­ness Awards.

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