Applications for the Telstra 2016 Margaret River Regional Business Awards are open – and all businesses within the region are invited to enter!

Recognise your business with a chance of winning a $2500 Industry Development Prize.

Now in their 9th year, the Margaret River Regional Business Awards bring together the local business community, to recognise and celebrate their achievements and outstanding contributions to our region.

The Awards are brought to you by the Margaret River Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and this year we’re pleased to announce a couple of new categories, created to reflect the diversity of our business community, as well as a few tweaks to the application process and Gala Presentation Dinner, to make 2016 our biggest and best Business Awards yet!

All applications will be judged by an independent panel, and the top performing businesses in each category will be announced as Finalists, gaining automatic entry into the People’s Choice Award, presented by the Village at Margs.

All Finalists will also be showcased by video on the big screen at a special Gala Presentation Dinner and be presented with a Certificate of Excellence, where the Winners of each Category will be announced and awarded a prestigious Winner’s Trophy.

The best peforming business across all categories will be recognised as the 2016 Margaret River Regional Business of the Year and take home a $2500 Industry Development Prize, presented by the Augusta-Margaret River Shire.

Where appropriate, winners of the 2016 Margaret River Regional Business Awards will be eligible to enter the 2016 West Australian Regional Small Business Awards, presented by the Small Business Development Corporation.

Entries close Wednesday 10 August 2016.

2016 Categories

Best Micro Business presented by the Small Business Development Corporation
Applicants must have fewer than five full time or equivalent employees

Best Small Business presented by South Regional TAFE
Applicants must have five to ten full time or equivalent employees

Best Business with 11+ Employees presented by Ventura Homes
Applicants must have more than ten full time or equivalent employees

Best Home-Based Business presented by Home Hardware
Applicants must operate from a home-based office

Excellence in Digital Business presented by Telstra
Applicants must demonstrate success in Digital Business

Excellence in Tourism presented by the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association
Applicants must demonstrate excellence in the tourism industry

Finest Local Producer presented by The Larder
Applicants must produce or craft local beer, wine or food

Excellence in the Community presented by Settlers Tavern
Applicants must make a significant contribution to the community outside of their usual operations

People’s Choice Award presented by The Village at Margs
Category Finalists only

2016 Business of the Year presented by the Augusta-Margaret River Shire
Category Winners only

Do you know an outstanding business worthy of an Award? This year you can nominate them! Simply contact with the business’s name and category and we’ll let them know they’ve been nominated.

Entries Open: Tuesday 5 July 2016
Awards Ready Workshop: Thursday 14 July 2016
Entries Close: Wednesday 10 August 2016
Finalists Announced: Wednesday 17 August 2016
People’s Choice Voting
Gala Presentation Dinner and Winners Announced: Thursday 8 September 2016

Workshop – How to write a successful awards submission
An Awards Ready Workshop will be taking place with The Small Business Development Corporation, 12pm Thursday 14 July at the Main Break Boardroom in the AMR Shire offices.

This FREE workshop will help you build the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to enter awards.
For more information or to RSVP your attendance, please contact

Why enter the Awards?
Entering the Margaret River Regional Business Awards can provide a range of benefits; it isn’t just about a trophy, there are significant marketing and business management advantages. Exposure. Credibility. Morale. A business health-check. Finalist and Winner electronic badges. Promotional videos. Cash Prize. And more!

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Seeking professional assistance with the written content of your application? Contact Marketing Consultant, Ashleigh Harris –