Business adaptation gets special acclaim in Brisbane's awards

BUSINESS ADAPTATION is a new category in the Brisbane Lord Mayor's Business Awards, introduced to recognise excellence in businesses overcoming the challenges of the current economy.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has called on Brisbane’s business community to nominate for the 2020 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards, featuring the new category for business adaptation.

Cr Schrinner said the 2020 awards program would recognise businesses that have persevered during the challenging economic conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Now in its 15th year, the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards celebrates the outstanding achievements of Brisbane businesses and Brisbane’s business people,” Cr Schrinner said.

“In 2020, the awards will shine a light on the tough Brisbane spirit as we recognise businesses that have showed resilience, perseverance and adaptation in challenging economic circumstances.

“For the first time, nominations are open for a new Award for Excellence in Business Adaptation, which will recognise businesses, regardless of company size, that adapted their business model in response to COVID-19.”

Cr Schrinner strongly encouraged businesses of all sizes to nominate, despite the challenges faced over the past six months.

“There are many Brisbane businesses, from large multinationals to community not-for-profits and start-ups, that have overcome difficult times through determination and ingenuity,” he said.

“We want to rally around these businesses and acknowledge their integral contribution to Brisbane’s economic recovery, job creation and future growth.

“By sharing stories of businesses adapting and prevailing, we hope to encourage and inspire other Brisbane businesses during our city’s recovery.

“Being recognised as an award finalist or winner can also help businesses regather momentum, make new connections and raise their profile to achieve greater levels of success.”

Nominations close on September 11, with winners to be announced at a gala dinner ceremony at City Hall on November 26.

Eight categories are open to businesses:

  • HSBC Award for Excellence in Business Adaptation
  • CCIQ Award for Outstanding Small Business
  • Award for Outstanding Micro Business
  • Urban Utilities Award for Product Innovation
  • Australia Pacific LNG Award for Business Innovation
  • ISPT Award for Outstanding Social Enterprise
  • ANZ Award for High Growth Business Start-Up
  • Yurika Award for Environmental Sustainability in Business

Two categories are open to individuals:

  • · Port of Brisbane Award for Young Business Person of the Year
  • · The Courier-Mail Award for Business Person of the Year

The final Optus Business Platinum Award category, not open to nominations,will recognise an outstanding overall winner from this year's award winners.

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