The 4th Annual Central Coast Business Excellence Awards has witnessed the closest results yet. The independent judging panel of: Margie Haseltine, Mike Goodman, Frank Sammut and Anton Kris must have endured many headaches as they sorted through nominations.
With results so competitive and so close organisers had no choice but to name more finalists than any other year. Without compromising the integrity and confidentiality of the Awards judging process, CCBEA Director Kerry Ruffels said, “it would have been unfair not to name the number of finalists we have. Those named deserve to be announced as a finalist and they deserve to know they were right in the mix to take the title”.
The Central Coast is dominated by small business hence it is always one of the toughest to win. This year we will see Essence Images, Home Instead Senior Care, Roses to Go, Barker Ryan Stewart, Steinbok Schnapps and Onion TV contest this Award with the winner to progress through to the NSW Business Chamber state awards to be held later in the year.
The business leader award, young entrepreneur and young business executive awards are others where judges had a hard time separating the nominees. A record 6 young business executives have been announced together with 5 in young entrepreneur and 5 in business leader.
This year, a greater emphasis on targeting certain Awards has taken place and none more so than business ethics, innovation and employer of choice. Nominees have been very deliberate in choosing the Award they want to win. Whilst many could double up and be possible contenders in other Awards they have selected one and put all their efforts into winning that category, hence the battle royale presented to our judging panel.
Saturday 16 August promises to deliver some outstanding results and a spectacular night.