Recognising innovation, sustainability and excellence across all industry sectors.
It’s a chance to showcase the excellent work that local businesses do.
Launched in 2022, the awards offer local businesses the opportunity to come together celebrate the wins, inspire and network with other business owners and share achievements with the local community.
Whatever the business size, this is a great opportunity for the Shire to support the local business community and honour the successes.
Over 250 local businesspeople and their supporters came together on Wednesday 15 November for the 2023 Mornington Peninsula Business Excellence Awards gala ceremony, held at RACV Cape Schanck Resort. The room was filled with anticipation, excitement, and support for the local business community.
Now the results are in!
AGRICULTURE AND MANUFACTURING
Winner: Lil’s Yolky Dokey Pasture Raised Eggs
Highly Commended: Pearson Foods
Winner: Little Woodworkers
Highly Commended: Locked In Escape Rooms, Peninsula Beer Garden
HEALTH AND COMMUNITY
Winner: Your Move Health
Highly Commended: Base Podiatry, Operation Soul Surf, Prestige Inhome Care
Winner: Elements Eatery
Finalists: A Good Little Thing, Commonfolk Coffee Company
Winner: Sarah’s Domestic Bliss Cleaning
Highly Commended: Mornington Peninsula Funerals, Smart Business Solutions
Finalists: Illumin8, Oraco Agency, PIER Marketing, The Little Brick Studio, Warlimont & Nutt
Winner: Artisan’s Alley
Winner: The Cambium
Highly Commended: The Green Bowl
Finalist: Super Hosts
Winner: Moonraker Dolphin Swims
Finalists: Polperro Dolphin Swims and Charter Service, Wild Adventures Melbourne
TRADE, BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
Winner: Buchanan Mobile Crane Hire
Highly Commended: Cobbler, Keys & More
Finalist: Indigo Pools
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Winner: Elements Eatery
The Business Excellence Awards gala celebrated innovation, sustainability, and excellence in our local business community. This year’s participating businesses showcased their qualities that contribute to the development of our region through their hard work and passion.
Congratulations to all businesses who entered the awards. The Business Excellence Awards honoured the achievements in innovation, sustainability, and outstanding performance within our local business sector. This year, participating businesses showcased their unique attributes, underscoring their impactful role through dedicated effort and commitment.
Winner – Lil’s Yolky Dokey Pasture Raised Eggs
Businesses that demonstrate a commitment to innovation and sustainability in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors.
Winner – Little Woodworkers
Businesses demonstrating exceptional innovation, creativity, talent or ideas which are produced as products or services.>/br>
Winner – Your Move Health
Recognises the importance of providing exceptional health and community care through innovation, commitment, and connection to the community.
Winner – Elements Eatery
Businesses consistently delivering high quality food and/or beverage experiences and excellent customer service to the public.
Sponsored by Chisholm Hospitality
Winner – Sarah’s Domestic Bliss Cleaning
Businesses that can demonstrate outstanding service in their profession offering real solutions and assistance to the business community.
Winner – Artisan’s Ally
Recognises retail businesses offering a retail experience where a high level of exceptional customer service is maintained.
Sponsored by 3MP
Winner – The Cambium
Businesses that have been operating for less than 3 financial years and provide a unique or innovative product and/or service.
Winner – Moonraker Dolphin Swims
Recognises businesses providing a unique customer experience or signature product contributing to visitation and yield to the region. Sponsored by Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism
Business owners or employees of the business can submit nominations.
If your businesses is located in the Mornington Peninsula Shire local government area, and was a registered business as at 1 July 2023 you can enter. You also need to have an ABN and all relevant licenses, permits and approvals required to operate your business.
Businesses under administration, in debt to Council, chain stores, franchisor or franchisees, political groups, charities, government agencies, schools, charities that have a primary focus of fundraising, own or operate electronic gaming machines (EGM) or receive funding or in-kind support from EGM venues, are ineligible to enter.
Organisations whose staff and/or business units are directly employed by Mornington Peninsula Shire or government agencies are not eligible to enter the Awards. This includes Councillors.
All food businesses, regardless of category, must be Best Bites accredited.
This mean they must achieve a minimum score of 95% or higher on their annual food safety assessment to be eligible for the awards. This ensures commitment to maintaining high food safety standards.
Business must also demonstrate excellence in at least one of the following areas:
By encouraging businesses to excel in these crucial areas, we aim to go beyond basic food safety practices and make a meaningful impact.
For more information, please contact us.
Businesses can only enter one category. Those with diverse offerings should choose the category that reflects them best.
The form gives you a chance to answer three (3) key questions about your business. There is a maximum word count of 1000 words per question. This information is used to determine a shortlist of entrants in each category. Each shortlisted business will receive a site visit from the judges to validate their answers and gain deeper insight into the business.
Business experts drawn from knowledgeable and experienced business people from the Small Business Mentoring Service assess all the entrants, shortlist those for site visit judging.
This panel of judges then determine the finalists and winners in each category.
Each shortlist interview will take around 45 minutes.
Two judges visit your business and complete a detailed assessment across a range of criteria related to the written submission and your business.
There are three main questions that need to be answered:
Each answer has a 1000 word limit.
Every entrant, regardless of the outcome, receives a submission assessment report.
This is a great tool for benchmarking your application.
Category finalists will receive a certificate and permission to display the “Finalist, 2023 Mornington Peninsula Business Excellence Awards” on their digital platforms and marketing collateral, as well as being invited to the Awards gala presentation event.
Each category winner will receive a trophy, certificate, and permission to display the “Winner, 2023 Mornington Peninsula Business Excellence Awards” logo on their digital platforms and marketing collateral.
Category Finalists will each receive a $100 advertising voucher with MP Magazine
All Finalists and the Winner in the Retail Category will receive an on-air interview with our Media Partner and Category Sponsor 3MP.
In addition to their category prizes Business of the Year will receive an additional quarter page advert with MP Magazine a $2000 advertising voucher for use in any MP News Group product and an on-air interview with our media partner 3MP.
Winners also receive post-event marketing including activities such as media releases, articles on MP Business, social media posts, newsletter inclusions, Peninsula Wide print articles, promotional videos and more. They may also be invited to present at future Shire business events.
The Awards are free to enter.
There is a per person/table ticket cost to attend the Gala ceremony.