WINNERS: Brett and Jacqui Irwin from Ollies Mower Service were named overall winners at last year's awards.
WINNERS: Brett and Jacqui Irwin from Ollies Mower Service were named overall winners at last year's awards. Tessa Mapstone

Celebrating success in the South Burnett

SOUTH Burnett businesses are diverse, talented and hardworking and Mayor Wayne Kratzmann says it's time to celebrate their success.

In lead up to this year's business excellence awards, Cr Kratzmann urged business owners to throw modesty aside and get recognised for their efforts.

"It's designed to celebrate the contribution of local business," he said.

"There's an award and category for everybody."

He said business owners would take more from the awards than just a trophy.

"Jacqui Irwin who won the Champion Business Award last year said the nomination process made her actually sit down and really look at her business," he said.

"She said it helped her evaluate her businesses strengths and weaknesses."

Cr Kratzmann said he understood a lot of businesses did it tough in today's economy, "but sometimes you've got to stand outside your business to look in".

He said the South Burnett Directions initiative aimed to highlight the enthusiasm, shared successes and positive culture of South Burnett businesses.

"While also trying to make improvements," he said.

A gala dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 21, where winners will be announced and presented with prizes in honour of their achievement.

Successful applicants will win advertising and monetary prizes.

Nominations close on September 25.

To learn more or nominate your business in the 2015 Business Excellence Awards phone 4189 9173.

BOOMING BUSINESSES: Jacquie and Brett Irwin put part of their success down to diversification. Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times
BOOMING BUSINESSES: Jacquie and Brett Irwin put part of their success down to diversification. Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times Tessa Mapstone

AS PART of the 2015 South Burnett Business Excellence Awards, voting for the Meandu Mine People's Choice Customer Service Award is currently open.   

This is for members of the community to nominate any business that they feel provides good customer service.    People's Choice Customer Service Award forms must be returned by September 30.  

Businesses who receive the most nominations from their customers during the month of September will be recognised as the winner of the Meandu Mine People's Choice Customer Service Award at the 2015 South Burnett Business Excellence Awards gala dinner on October 21.

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