Gippsland Business Awards finalists celebrated virtually

The 2021 Federation University Gippsland Business Awards finalists were celebrated with an online event today that also acknowledged the agility of all regional businesses in ongoing challenging times.

Unable to celebrate in person as planned, the 2021 finalists were recognised at the Federation University Gippsland Business Awards’ first virtual launch, supported by Telstra.

Gippsland Business Awards committee chair, Graeme Sennett, said while current restrictions prevented a face-to-face launch, it did not stop the launch celebration.

“Gippsland businesses have been busy contending with and overcoming the many challenges presented by COVID-19 and this was just another bump,” Mr Sennett said.

“This years’ finalists represent the region’s most innovative, enthusiastic, professional, and outstanding businesses. In all, there are 51 finalists in 11 categories, with all areas of Gippsland well represented.”

Mr Sennett said the organising committee was “thrilled to have the strong support of both Federation University as naming rights sponsor and Telstra, who traditionally sponsor the finalists’ breakfast”.

Finalist categories this year include Accommodation, Beauty & Personal Care, Business & Professional Services, Food & Wine Producers, Health & Wellbeing, Hospitality, Manufacturing/Export, Mechanical Trades & Construction, New Business, Retail, Tourism Activities & Attractions.

A new Business Agility Award has also been introduced to recognise those business who have responded to a constantly changing environment.

“What they do in the good times is great, but what they have achieved over this challenging period is truly exceptional,” Mr Sennett added.

Each of the category winners will be announced at a special awards event on Friday 8 October 2021 where the major winner, the Gippsland Business of the Year, will also be announced.

For further details of finalists, including video footage CLICK HERE.

For additional media comment please contact GBA Chair, Graeme Sennett 0417 509 149

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