East Grampians Business Awards 2019

Please note - applications for the East Grampians Business Awards have now closed.

HOWEVER, while you're here, we'd love you to vote in the People's Choice award category! All entrants in the awards are eligible to win this category, so get voting for your favourite business to help them win!

To vote in the People's Choice award category, click here. Voting in the People's Choice closes on Friday 15 November.

Good luck to everyone who has entered!


Tickets now on sale for the East Grampians Business Awards Gala Dinner on December 5!

To buy your tickets, click here.

Don't miss the opportunity to come along to the Gala Awards Dinner to congratulate the winners of the inaugural awards, and help celebrate what Ararat regional businesses have to offer. Catered by Paula Symons of Lake Bolac, the dinner will be the culmination of the judging process when all the awards are presented on this special night.

If you've entered the awards, don't miss the chance to celebrate your win or applaud someone who has. It will be an excellent night to celebrate or commiserate, but either way, it will be an excellent opportunity to see and be seen while networking and supporting our regional businesses.

Date - Thursday 5 December 2019, 6.30pm to 10.30pm

Location - Ararat Town Hall, 193 Barkly Street, Ararat

Price - $78 includes dinner, beer, wine and soft drink

Dress - semi formal

RSVP - please book your tickets directly through Eventbrite by 1 December 2019 - click here to book. 



The East Grampians Business Awards aims to recognise achievement and excellence in business and innovation. Applications are open to all businesses, small or large, rural or CBD based, operating within the Ararat municipal region.

This year for the very first time, the application process has been simplified and Ararat Rural City Council will be working with the regional business association encouraging entries and participation from outlying organisations. These awards follow on from the now defunct Grampians Pyrenees Business awards dating back to 1999. These awards have grown since that time to become a benchmark of quality among the many regional business awards held across Victoria.

The new East Grampians Business Awards will be staged every year, with the first Gala Presentation Awards night in December this year when Ararat Rural City hosts the gala awards dinner.  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.

The Awards program will culminate in the announcement and presentation of awards to the winners at a special dinner function in December 2019 at the Ararat Town Hall. This dinner will be a gala event with entertainment for 150 guests. Invitations to the dinner will be sent to all entrants, sponsors and businesses across our region. An advertising campaign profiling awards winners and sponsors will appear in social media, website, newspaper and radio immediately after the awards and throughout December.  

All awards will be judged by an independent panel of judges.

The categories

The following categories are offered for these awards, and please note, organisations are encouraged to enter as many categories as they think fit their business.

Agribusiness Award
Open to farm business and businesses associated with primary production eg: farmer, stock feed company or machinery sales that can demonstrate a dedication to agri- business development.

Retail Business Award
Open to any independent or franchised retail businesses, eg: clothing, hardware, electrical, pharmacy, gifts & home wares, news agencies etc

Professional Services Award
Open to any business that provides a professional service, including but not limited to financial advisors, estate agents, insurance brokers, job network agencies, accountants, doctors and dentists, beauty therapists, hairdressers, legal services or other consultancy.

Tourism & Hospitality Award
Open to businesses that take an active approach to attract visitors to the region and includes but is not limited to; attractions (museums, galleries, historical, cultural & recreational attractions), activities (adventure and recreation activities), plus accommodation, food & beverage, and tourism services.

Innovation & Technology Award
Open to all types of businesses that have demonstrated innovative business initiatives and the ability to create, nurture and develop new processes, products & services, integration of new and emerging technologies; and may include but not limited to export, manufacturing, marketing, product development, sustainable practices or use of technology.

Two other awards will be presented on the night:

Business of the Year Award
All winners of the above categories will be eligible for the Business of the Year Award which will be decided by the judges and will be awarded at the Gala Presentation.

People’s Choice Award,
Communities will be able to vote for their favourite businesses directly on the Araract Rural City Council website.

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