Casey Business Awards 2024

The Casey Business Awards are back, showcasing what enterprising companies who call Casey home have to offer.

Council’s annual business awards are a premier event to celebrate and recognise inspirational local businesses. They also provide local businesses with an opportunity to pause and reflect on recent achievements and success in their business. The awards are open to all businesses located in the City of Casey municipality.

The 2024 awards will shine a light on the efforts of our local businesses, both large and small, in six categories.

 

 

 

2024 Award Categories

Entrants may apply for one category, listed below. Apart from category winners, the judges will also choose the Casey Business of the Year 2024. Applications are now open!

Community Contribution

You share the local love, your community is at the forefront of your business and community connection is important to you!

To demonstrate the importance of what Community Connection means to you and your business, the judging panel will assess:

  • The work your business has contributed to the community, that does not require financial input, advertising or any gain from the business in return
  • Your business has implemented initiatives that have a positive impact on the community and generate outcomes that have a long-term benefit
  • How your business supports, builds partnerships with other businesses that creates positive outcomes within the community.

Customer Experience

Love your customers? Whether you are a large or small businesses tell us how you provide an exceptional or unique customer and visitor experience. It is for businesses that directly service a consumer, either through a visitor experience, such as tour operators, as well as those that operate in the Retail, Hospitality, community services and broader tourism sectors.

You place a high focus on your business presentation, delivering a high quality customer experience.

To demonstrate your customer service excellence, the judging panel will assess:

  • How you engage with your customers
  • Your customer service policy
  • Your business has an information gathering system in place to learn about their customers.

Employment Diversity

Your business embraces Casey’s diverse candidate pool and has in place a range of diverse backgrounds and cultures and includes:

  • An employee experience that is at the centre of your success as a result of the engagement practices and processes
  • A culture that focusses on positive employee performance, retention, and attraction
  • Having developed policies and practices that maximize your workforce's capabilities
  • How your workplace diversity policy is implemented in your day-to-day operations.

Environmental Sustainability

Is sustainability a focus of your business? Do you embrace the Circular Economy? This category allows you to demonstrate your dedication to sustainable business practices, whether that be reducing waste, being energy efficient, sourcing local products or decreasing your carbon emissions footprint. Don't miss the opportunity to be recognised for your commitment to Sustainability. .

To demonstrate how your business incorporates circular economy processes within your operations and sustainability practices, the judging panel will assess:

  • Strategies and practices showing how your business has embraced on becoming more sustainable
  • How your business operates within circular economy
  • Examples of day-today practices that reduce the impact on the environment
  • How your staff practice sustainability within the workplace through training, actions and policies implemented by the business

Home - Based Business

Your business may be based at home, but you match it with the big guys.

  • Home-based not only includes those who operate from a home but also those that are mobile or work on site (eg trades)s?
  • You have the ability to offer a service to your clients and customers that is flexible and meets their needs
  • You have a strong, established marketing and promotional strategy in place.
  • You understand your  target market and how to access that market
  • The processes you have in place minimize the limitations of being home-based.

Innovation

You're more than just an idea!

You are a company that has launched an innovative product/service. You could be a new business focused on the offering or an existing business that has introduce a new offering.

Innovative means your business has:

  • Provided a solution to an actual problem. Have evidence that the problem actually exists
  • Formed relationships to understand where your product or service fits and verify its need
  • Discussed/worked with industry in developing the product/service.

Key Dates

 

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Casey Business Awards 2024 are free to enter
  • Business primary address must be located in the City of Casey municipality
  • Applicants must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and hold relevant licenses, permits and approvals to operate the business before 1 June 2023
  • A Business must have been operating for a minimum of 12 months from the 1 June 2023
  • A Business must not be in breach of any state/territory or local government law or regulation
  • A Business can only submit one application

Prizes

Category winners will receive cash prizes of $1,000, and Casey Business of the Year 2024 will receive $2,000.

Judging Process

One of the Casey Business Awards' strengths is the comprehensive judging process, which is fair and transparent.

The judging process relies on the generosity of an independent judging panel who are experienced and respected in their fields, representing a variety of industry sectors.

Entries are judged based on the information provided in the completed application form and comprehensive responses to all application questions.

Judges will assess applications against pre-established criteria for each question and utilise a numerical grading system.

Time spent reflecting on achievements, goals, and your strategic business plan will assist in the preparation of your entry and provide you with the best opportunity to submit a competitive application.

The second half of the process, judges will carry out site visits to ALL Casey Business Awards 2024 finalists. These visits will complement their assessment process before winners are announced. Each visit will be approximately 45 minutes, and the judges will use this opportunity to see your business in action!

These visits will commence approximately a week or two after the finalist announcement on Thursday 15 August.

We welcome and thank the following members of the Casey Business Awards 2024 Judging Panel:

Amanda Wright – Home – Based Business Adviser, The Small Business Launching Pad

Damien Van Eyk - Chief Commercial Officer, Chisholm

Melanie Aldis - Managing Director, CFM Air Conditioning

Michelle Greenshields – Founder, Self-Discovery Hub

Robert Costabile - Founder/Director, Lanterns Viet Kitchen & Little Lanterns

Suchi Reddy - Certified Mindset and Mental Fitness Coach, suchireddy & 39 Degrees South

 

Sponsorship

Becoming a sponsor of these awards puts you in the position to help your local business community, while boosting your brand and expanding your network.

We could not deliver these awards without the generous contribution of our sponsors.

We welcome and thank our Casey Business Awards Sponsors for 2024:

Major Sponsors:

Zeemo

CFM Air Conditioning

Category Sponsors:

Berwick Waters by Frasers Property Australia -  Community Contribution

Atura Dandenong -  Customer Experience 

Chisholm - Employment Diversity

Beaconsfield Dental - Environmental Sustainability

CPC Insurance Services - Home - Based Business

DHT Solutions - Innovation

Application Process

Applications are NOW OPEN! Click the Apply Now button to get started..

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