Entering your Business in the Geelong Business Excellence Awards is a 2-part process.
1. The Written Entry
2. The Site Visit.
The written entry is your opportunity to respond to the criteria outlined below and to convey - what you do, how you do it and the resulting benefit/s for your business. The Judging panel will not look at your website in marking your written entry.
Your entry submission response is to be based on the period 1 April 2019 to the 31 March 2020.
If your entry receives the required 375 points, you may have the opportunity to present to the judges at a site visit and add additional information and examples to enhance your written entry as well as show them around your business (if applicable).
If you are selected for a site visit, this means you are a finalist in one or more categories!
2500 words maximum – including the Business Summary. Any entries over 2500 words will be excluded.
Entries close 4pm, Friday, 24 July 2020
Businesses that exceed the word limit will be ineligible to win an award.
The number of words per criteria are just a guide. Business entrants may allocate more words to a particular criteria than another. Please be aware that all criteria carry the same weight when judges score your entry.
For example: Businesses aiming to win the Customer Service award, may like to put 600 words into that section and reduce the word count for another.
Do NOT state actual results in dollar amounts ($), use percentage terms (%).
Describe your business achievements over the last 3 years
Changes to your costs and expenses
How do you measure against industry competition?
Describe innovative practices you have introduced
Innovation – examples of new growth, products or services
*An innovation is the implementation of a new or significantly improved product (goods or service), or process, a new marketing method, or a new organisational method in business practices, workplace organisation or external relations
Describe your sustainability and environmental initiatives and accomplishments
Describe any efforts to:
Make your power or lighting more efficient and/or use clean energy;
Manage or conserve water more efficiently;
Working towards a circular economy by reducing, reusing and/or recycling and eliminating your waste;
Produce or supply goods or services which achieve positive environmental outcomes e.g. reduce carbon emissions, are energy efficient, reduce waste, reduce waste use);
Track the benefits of your environmental activities (e.g. costs savings, carbon emissions reductions, reductions in water use, improved staff/customer satisfaction, increased awareness among staff/customers/suppliers);
Engage with staff and/or the community on sustainability and environmental practices through committees/meetings (e.g. education programs about the local impacts of climate change, encouraging the community to adopt sustainable practices);
Engagement and influence with your suppliers, contractors and partners to reduce waste, conserve water and save energy;
Describe the processes, including training, for your business to achieve the environmental and/or sustainability outcomes you’ve achieved.
Describe your culture – elaborate how that is embodied into your organisation
Describe your management structure
Recruitment processes / Strategy
Staff training and development, individual development. Give details – amount of training in house, external, mandated, regulatory
Monitoring performance and performance reviews
Staff incentives, benefits and rewards, work functions, engagement with staff
Position descriptions & employment agreements
Real life examples more beneficial (Can be extended on at site visit if required)
Describe your practices to support a workplace culture focussing on health and wellbeing.
Describe how you communicate and model your commitment to health and wellbeing for employees.
How is management involved with health and wellbeing? How do they communicate with staff?
Explain how your workplace provides activities to support health and wellbeing in one or more of the following areas; physical activity, alcohol, smoking, healthy eating, skin cancer, injury prevention, sexual health, oral health?
Are resources committed to health and wellbeing programs (e.g. staffing, programs, budgets)?
Describe how you assess the benefits to your employees and workplace
Has your workplace assessed the health and wellbeing needs of its workers?
Demonstrate your understanding of, and commitment to protect the health and safety of your employees and clients
How do you reduce health and safety risks in your workplace?
How do you identify the risks?
What are your safety reporting procedures?
What is your training and supervision requirements?
90 minutes total, 60 to 70 mins presentation, 10 mins workplace tour, 10 – 20 mins judge questions
If your written entry receives a score of 375 or more, you may have the opportunity to present to the judges at a site visit and add additional information and examples to enhance your written entry as well as show them around your business (if applicable).
The top entrants get a site visit and are considered finalists.
Site visit scores count towards 50% of final score.
A minimum of two judges will attend your site visit
Provide evidence of what you have submitted in your written entry.
You must address criteria in order 1-5
Showing the judges around your workplace can be useful to increase their understanding of your entry
Judges require the final 10-20 minutes; asking specific questions relating to your entry/presentation.
*Scores for written entry and site visit will be combined and averaged to determine your final score.