Business Excellence Awards

Celebrating the region’s outstanding business operators and not-for-profit entities, the Tablelands Business Excellence Awards recognise and showcase exceptional local service providers.

Winners receive a Tablelands Regional Council Business Excellence Awards trophy and a $500 Shop Tablelands gift card. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will also get a $2000 marketing package with The Express.

All categories except People’s Choice will be decided by judges.

Customer Excellence (sponsored by TRC)

  • Finalists — AA Taylors Treelopping, Atherton Pit Stop Automotive, Billycart Brewing Co. and The Polished Touch – Beauty By Courtney
  • Winner — The Polished Touch – Beauty By Courtney

Technology & Innovation Impact (sponsored by NBN Co)

  • Finalists —HTM Complete, Mackenzie Hydraulics & Engineering and Telpara Hills Brangus & UltraBlack Stud
  • Winner — HTM Complete

Visual Stand-out Business

  • Finalists — Atherton Christmas Tree Farm, John Cole Toyota and Lenny St.
  • Winner — Atherton Christmas Tree Farm

Employer of Choice (sponsored by ARO Industries)

  • Finalists — Carinya Home for the Aged, ECHO Empowering Services and Tableland Veterinary Service
  • Winner — Carinya Home for the Aged

Sustainability Contribution (sponsored by Costa)

  • Finalists — Mungalli Creek Dairy and Topaz Sustainable Timbers
  • Winner — Topaz Sustainable Timbers

New & Emerging Business or Service

  • Finalists — Billycart Brewing Co., Lenny St. and Pluto & Nessie
  • Winner — Billycart Brewing Co.

Champion Business (sponsored by Old Mates Farm)

  • Finalists — BizOffsider, Tableland Community Link and Tableland Veterinary Service
  • Winner — Tableland Veterinary Service

People’s Choice (sponsored by CQ University)

  • Finalists — AA Taylors Treelopping, Evans Earthmoving Contractors and TDP Graphics
  • Winner — TDP Graphics

1. TDP Graphics — 121 votes
2. Evans Earthmoving Contractors — 101 votes
3. AA Taylors Treelopping — 89 votes
=4. Billycart Brewing Co. — 83 votes
=4. Tableland Community Link — 83 votes
6. Topaz Sustainable Timbers — 75 votes
7. Atherton Tablelands Security Services — 72 votes
8. Carinya Home for the Aged — 71 votes
9. Smooth Nutrition — 65 votes
10. The Polished Touch – Beauty By Courtney — 63 votes

11. Tropical Vets — 57 votes
12. Tablelands Business Solutions — 50 votes
13. FNQ Health and Fitness — 49 votes
14. MH Fitness and Coaching — 45 votes
15. Mungalli Creek Dairy — 36 votes
16. Prince Cyclery — 35 votes
=17. First National Real Estate Atherton — 34 votes
=17. Lenny St. — 34 votes
=17. Pluto & Nessie — 34 votes
20. Pizza On James — 32 votes

A total number of 1870 votes were cast in the People’s Choice vote. The top 20 accounts for 1229 votes. All 78 businesses nominated for the Tablelands Business Excellence Awards were eligible for the People’s Choice Award.

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Customer Excellence

Delivers consistent high quality service that is responsive to customer needs, acts on feedback and goes the extra mile to satisfy. Includes, but not limited to, retail, primary industry, health and social assistance, tourism and hospitality, professional and trades.

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Technology & Innovation Impact

Creates or commercialises technologies, products (including digital products), processes or services, for new and existing market needs, or adapts existing technologies, products, processes or services.  This includes, but not limited to, primary industry, manufacturing, retail, health and wellbeing, community services, tourism and hospitality, mining and professional services.

Visual Stand-out Business

Visually stands out through a modern online or physical premise. Recognisable brand that engages new and existing customers. Creates an enticing look and feel and features impactful signage, displays and marketing initiatives. This includes, but not limited to, any business with a walk in premise or online sales. Also includes commercial property revitalisation.

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Employer of Choice

An employer that offers a fantastic work culture and workplace environment that attracts and retains a local workforce. An employer who prioritises safety, wellbeing, training and skills development for employees.  Maximises workforce potential through effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention and supports individual employees to achieve their professional and personal potential.

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Sustainability Contribution

Implements initiatives that have a positive long-term sustainability impact on the environment including waste and water reduction, energy efficiency, recycling, minimising logistic impacts (e.g. sourcing locally), revegetation and biodiversity initiatives, land management practices and/or offers products and services that have positive environmental outcomes. This includes, but not limited to, organisations that make responsible decisions to reduce the negative impacts on the environment.

New & Emerging Business or Service

Recently established business or service (under 2 years) that identified a market need and has built a commercially viable business model.

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Champion Business

A business that delivers the highest standards and quality and acknowledges the importance of giving back to our local community. Has strong business practices for long-term success integrating social, ethical, environmental and philanthropical values into decision-making processes and company culture.

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People’s Choice

The community will have the chance to vote for their favourite nominated business across all categories. Voting will be open from 12noon Friday 18 November to 12noon Thursday 1 December.

Nominated businesses can be incorporated, sole operator, partnership or not-for-profit entities that are located or do business predominantly in the Tablelands Regional Council area.

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