The LBW Business + Wealth Advisors “Business of the Year” award is the region’s most prestigious business accolade. It recognises and celebrates the culmination of grit, hard work and outstanding achievements in business.
LBW are leading business advisors that support the ongoing growth of local organisations, large and small, and have been doing so for over 30 years. We are committed to elevating businesses and providing them with the compliance and advisory support they need to face any challenge and prosper.
The success of the incredible businesses and individuals we work with is how we measure our own. Developing a deep understanding of every client is at the core of our service offering, which includes; tax advice, business advisory, audit, valuation services, estate planning, superannuation and financial planning.
We partner with businesses whose values align directly with LBW’s. Innovative, accountable, respectful, curious, with a learning mindset to continually improve. LBW is passionate about working together with the community and businesses to support them to achieve their business goals – to grow and succeed.
Business Leader of the Year
Open to all business professionals who can demonstrate successful leadership skills.
Bay 93.9 is a proud GBEA partner and leader in our business community!
In 2021 bay 93.9 recognises the challenges and sacrifices we have all had to make to keep our region strong. bay 93.9 continues to provide multi-platform advertising opportunities for business across Radio, Digital, Digital Super Screen and Print.
Part of the wholly Australian owned and operated Grant Broadcasters group. Geelong Broadcasters is unashamedly local and proudly services the Geelong region taking in the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula, The Surfcoast and the City of Greater Geelong.
Whether you're a store with a door or a store with a 'virtual' door, we can help share your message to thousands of people every day!
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Recognises entrepreneurial achievement among business professionals and business owners (aged 18 and 40 years) who demonstrate vision, leadership and success.
Deakin University prepares graduates for careers of the future.
Harnessing emerging technologies to facilitate innovative, borderless, and personalised education, Deakin University's research informs their practice and impacts the communities whom they engage.
Deakin University provide opportunities for students to grow through real world experiences, such as business internships, international study tours and in leadership positions as student mentors. They operate across four campuses in Victoria – Geelong Waterfront and Waurn Ponds, Melbourne Burwood and Warrnambool, enabling a unique connectivity to metropolitan and regional students.
Home-based and Micro Business
Open to all businesses that are operating with 1 to 3 full time or equivalent employees.
The City of Greater Geelong Economic Development team has proudly sponsored the Geelong Business Excellence Awards for 12 years.
We’re here to help everyone who wants to start, run or grow a business in Greater Geelong.
Almost two-thirds of Greater Geelong businesses are home-based and micro-businesses. We’re thrilled to acknowledge their contribution through the 2021 Geelong Business Excellence Awards. www.geelongaustralia.com.au/business
Advanced Manufacturing & Industry
Open to all businesses operating in the manufacturing, engineering, building or trade industries
The Geelong Manufacturing Council (GMC) is a member-based not for profit organisation that promotes regional manufacturing and assists members in achieving business growth by providing programs, events and pathways to funding, innovation, collaboration, networking and skills development.
The GMC provides manufacturers and their supply chain partners a line-up of highly relevant programs tailored for the sector such as the Leadership for Manufacturing Excellence Program, the Regional Industry Collaboration Program, the Women in Manufacturing Network Program, Geelong Future Leaders of Industry and Girls Leading Advanced Manufacturing Program. GMC members meet on a regular basis to gain networking opportunities, to collaborate and learn.
Best First Year Entry
Open to all businesses that have not previously entered the Awards
Harwood Andrews is one of Victoria’s leading law firms, with a long-standing record of providing specialised legal services to business and individuals.
Harwood Andrews are proud and active supporters of the communities in which we operate and, as a firm, believe in the benefits of building strong and meaningful community partnerships
Open to all businesses that can demonstrate circular economy initiatives that are good for the business, the community and the environment.
At Barwon South West Waste & Resource Recovery Group (BSWWRRG), we find innovative ways to reduce and recycle waste and plan for the future waste and recycling needs of the Barwon South West.
We work closely with nine local councils, businesses and the community to achieve our vision of being a leader in waste minimisation and resource recovery.
Safe and Healthy Business
Open to all businesses that can demonstrate a recognition of, and commitment to protect the health and safety of their employees and clients.
WorkSafe Victoria plays a critical role in the lives of Victorian employers and workers - as the state’s health and safety regulator as the manager of Victoria’s workers compensation scheme. In both capacities, employers and workers are at the heart of our service.Our aim is to keep all workplaces healthy and safe, and to deliver high quality care and treatment when workers are injured. WorkSafe are proud to support the Geelong Business Excellence Awards which provides significant recognition and celebration of business achievement and performance across the region.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Celebrates a business who has accepted their corporate social responsibility and promoted inclusion in the workplace, community or other area which has lead towards the enrichment of the lives of those who have a disability or are disadvantaged
We are genU, building inclusive communities in Geelong since 1952. Corporate Social Responsibility is fundamental to our organisation’s mission and vision. Across our history to today, genU provides support and services to people with disability, the unemployed, people experiencing disadvantage, students and older Australians. With over 3,000 staff and volunteers across 220+ locations nationally, we form a unique community, with one common cause to empower the clients that we serve to reach their full potential. From genU to you we say: congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and good luck!
Open to all businesses that can demonstrate a high standard of customer service using resources to the maximum efficiency while consistently looking to improve
Hardings Hardware is the first choice with all quality builders for kitchen and bathroom products. We pride ourselves on providing our customers with the very best service and product advice across Melbourne, Geelong, Sydney, Adelaide and surrounding regions.
Founded in the northern suburbs of Melbourne over 60 years ago, Hardings has grown significantly to now service all of the major east coast capitals, including Adelaide and surrounding regions.
Hardings specialise in servicing trade customers, making us the number one choice for your next project or long-term trade partner.
Open to all businesses that can demonstrate the effective use of digital tools and techniques to produce strategic, resourceful content to engage people, and create meaningful interactions
Web Force 5 provide a range of impressive digital products and services, and aim to take the pain out of any project. As part of their commitment to legendary service, each client is assigned an Account Manager, who provides dedicated, personalised support (without the jargon) whenever it's needed.
Web Force 5’s main offering is their flexible and intuitive web platform that allows even self-professed ‘technophobes’ to have full control. Whether updating website content, sending out newsletters or keeping detailed customer records, users find all the power at their fingertips, without the usual hoop-jumping or bill shock.
Alongside their ground-breaking website platform, Web Force 5 also work on many bespoke development projects (such as mobile apps), and pride themselves on finding creative & innovative solutions to any challenge.
Emerging Business – Under 3 years
This is for the newcomers (operating less than 3 years operation) that are just starting out but already make a significant impact.
A Geelong icon and one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria, The Gordon has been helping people gain real skills for more than 130 years.
Enabling greater organisational growth, efficiency and productivity through upskilling and reskilling all levels of the workforce, The Gordon passionately contributes to the success of individuals, teams and organisations, both nationally and abroad.
Working closely with secondary schools, employers, and the community in programs that deliver real benefits, we offer hundreds of accredited courses across apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates and diplomas, as well as industry tailored skill sets.
A leading, dynamic education and skills partner of choice for industry, The Gordon is delighted to support the Geelong Business Excellence Awards and foster excellence in our business community.
Health and Wellbeing Promoting Workplace
Open to all businesses that can demonstrate a recognition of, and commitment to deliver health and wellbeing workplace initiatives.
Barwon Health is the region’s leading health service and it aims to work together with the community to build healthier lives inspired by world-class standards. With our consumers at the forefront, Barwon Health excels in delivering efficient, integrated care, education and research to advance health and wellbeing for all.
Working across five pillars, Barwon Health is committed to respecting the people we work with, showing compassion always, the highest quality in everything we do, being accountable and driving innovation or better care.
Inclusive & Accessible Business
Open to all businesses that can demonstrate a high level of understanding towards inclusive and accessible workplace practices
As a major employer in the Geelong region, the Transport Accident Commission is committed to influencing and supporting the communities in which their staff live and work. The TAC’s mission is to be the world’s leading social insurer. They offer financial support to people injured in transport accidents, educate the community about road safety and improve Victoria’s road network.
At the TAC they value life, make every conversation count, find a better way, today, and make the complicated simple. These values guide their behaviour, thinking and the support they provide.
Innovation, Research & Development
Recognises leadership through the practical application of innovative solutions
Viva Energy is one of Australia’s leading energy companies and supplies approximately a quarter of the country’s liquid fuel requirements. It is the exclusive supplier of high quality Shell fuels and lubricants in Australia through an extensive network of more than 1,300 service stations across the country.
Viva Energy owns and operates the Geelong Refinery, which converts imported and locally sourced crude oil into petroleum products including gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, aviation gasoline, gas, solvents, bitumen and other specialty products.
Built in 1954, the Geelong Refinery has been an integral part of the Geelong community for more than 65 years. It is a key driver of Victoria’s economy, supplying more than half of the State’s fuel requirements, employing about 700 people and spending more than $200 million each year in wages and procurement of services.
Medium to Large Business or Division/Department of a business – 21+ Employees/FTE*
Open to all businesses that are operating with 21 or more full time employees. Automatic entry by number of employees.
EML is the injury management partner of choice for employers and government agencies. For 110 years, Australians have turned to us for our claims expertise and personalised support in helping injured workers return to work. We have more than 2,600 staff Australia wide who are driven by our mission: we help people get their lives back.
Our business is solely focussed on the effective management of workplace illness and injury, and we’re an Australian owned and operated mutual.
As a mutual, EML reinvests a significant amount of profits to provide members with tools and resources to help them create safer workplaces and return workers back to work. Over the past eight years we have committed $87M to fund a range of innovative products, programs and training.
EML started operations in Victoria in July 2016, after being appointed an agent of WorkSafe Victoria, and since then has grown to employ over 300 staff at our offices in Melbourne’s CBD and Geelong. We provide service and support to over 24,000 large, medium and small employers in Victoria, including Cotton On and McColls Transport in Geelong.
Open to all Geelong based businesses that operate 10 kilometres or more from Geelong CBD.
Gartland has been a trusted partner in the Geelong property market for decades. They know Geelong inside and out and their understanding of the Geelong community is unparalleled. As our stunning city grows, Gartland is growing with it.
Director Michael De Stefano leads a growing team of experienced and dedicated professionals who are energising the local market with their unique brand of real estate practice.
Gartland's team of highly specialised staff, are well equipped to assist clients in real estate sales, leasing, and property management - both residential and commercial.
Gartland are passionate Geelong locals who share your property dreams - whether it is your first home, an investment, your business or your regional escape.
Open to all retail businesses that sell commodities directly to consumers
Roderick Insurance Brokers (RIB) is a locally owned, family business operating from offices in Geelong and Werribee.
Led by Managing Director, Keith Roderick, who has been operating the business since 1986, the business began as a small family business and over 30 years it has grown into one of the largest regional brokerages in Victoria. RIB employ a team of more than 30 highly experienced and qualified staff who are on hand to provide advice on all of your insurance needs.
Roderick Insurance Brokers (RIB) strive for excellence in every aspect of their business.
Small Business or Division/Department of a business – 4 to 20 Employees/FTE*
Open to all businesses that are operating with 4 to 20 full time or equivalent employees. Automatic entry by number of employees.
Bendigo Bank is committed to providing a personalised and considered approach to business clients.
Consistently rating high in satisfaction and trust, the team works hard to ensure that their 2 million customers are provided with the right financial solution and ongoing support across 500 Australian communities.
Bendigo Bank understands the important role that they play in making small businesses a success and with access to 150 experienced staff across Geelong, your business can keep stimulating economic growth, strengthening communities and providing opportunities for employment knowing that there is a trusted business taking care of your banking.
Tourism & Hospitality
Open to all businesses that operate in the hospitality and tourism industry
The tourism industry is made up of incredible people delivering memorable experiences every day.
Tourism Greater Geelong and The Bellarine is a Regional Tourism Board providing leadership, coordination and an opportunity for businesses connected with the sector to collaborate to appropriately grow product, visitation and yield for a sustainable tourism industry.
Operators have shown remarkable resilience throughout the COVID restrictions and have been committed to working in partnership – with Tourism Greater Geelong and The Bellarine, and with each other as a supportive and collaborative team – to rebuild the visitor economy by adapting their businesses and get back to welcoming travellers to our wonderful, diverse and accessible region.
By 2047, Greater Geelong will be internationally recognised as a clever and creative city-region that is forward looking, enterprising and adaptive and cares for its people and environment.
Representing the voices of more than 16,000 members of our community, Greater Geelong: A Clever and Creative Future is a guide for all levels of government, community organisations, businesses and anyone wanting to make a genuine contribution to our city-region.
Major Media Partner
Each week over 175,000 people listen to Geelong radio! At Geelong Broadcasters we employ over 60 “locals” and proudly offer the region's only local newsroom to operate seven days a week. bay 93.9 is a bright, fun & proudly local adult contemporary radio station targeting the 35-54 demographic. We are the number one station in Geelong for people aged 25+ ... so, thanks for listening.
Print Media Partner
The Geelong Independent is the local paper of choice in Geelong, connecting people and their community. It's complemented by specialty titles GC Homes & Lifestyle and GC Kids, supported by our dedicated websites and social media channels. A complete suite of platforms for our commercial partners to reach our loyal audience.
Provenance Wines was established in 1996 with one simple aim: make great local wine from great local vineyards. In 2018 we opened our winery and cellar door in a re-purposed bluestone building at the Fyansford Paper Mill. We were honoured to receive a National Trust Heritage Award for the restoration. This coincided with being awarded Australia’s Best Value Winery by James Halliday in the 2019 Wine Companion and Geelong’s Star Cellar Door by Gourmet Traveller Wine Journal. We look forward to welcoming you. Enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner in our beautiful restaurant or a Tasting Experience like no other.
Geelong Entertainment Services provide Entertainment and Audio Visual services. They represent a wide range of bands, duos, soloists and DJs for corporate events and weddings. GES offer staging, lkighting, audio and visual services for event production.
The Pier Geelong is situated in the unique position at the end of the formerly working Cunningham Pier, some 250 metres out over the bay where it looks out across Corio Bay and back around to the city skyline, and by this facet alone it adds an inimitable element to each event it hosts. If your event is in any part a celebration, you won’t find a better atmosphere than that created by the enchanted ambience of The Pier Geelong. Offering flexibility for intimate gathering of 50 guests, to party style events for 800 or more, The Pier Geelong can turn it on for all occasions. Coupled with the renowned Wah Wah Gee, Asian influenced restaurant and the Gin Garden cocktail bar at ground level as well as Wah Bah, our neon filled casual dining and music rooftop bar perched atop, you’ll be hard pressed to find an occasion that’s not well suited to The Pier Geelong, for an authentic Geelong experience.
The Geelong Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing a range of new and dynamic support for our members. Our networking events, webinars, podcasts and masterclasses give members the opportunity to learn new skills and connect with other businesses. Raise your business profile, stay connected and keep up to date with all the latest business news & events.
Founded here in Geelong, MILK is an award winning video production company with over a decade of experience that's taken them from Hollywood to the Himalayas. GBEA is an integral part of recognising the incredible talent Geelong has to offer and we would like to congratulate all the finalists on their achievements this year, and wish them the best of luck.
Geelong Arts Centre exists to foster the artists and creative communities of Geelong, to be the window through which our town can view talent and to provide a stage to share incredible stories, in a region renowned for its artistic energy and engagement. Geelong Arts Centre is proud to support the 2021 GBEA. Congratulations to all finalists and entrants on their incredible achievements and resilience.
We are proudly supporting the Geelong Business Excellence Awards 2021 that recognises clever, creative and resilient businesses within the region. Our Telstra Business Technology Centre Victoria West takes the opportunity to congratulate finalists and winners of the Awards for their meaningful achievements. As we continue facing the challenges of the COVID0- 19 pandemic, we recognise more than ever that the power of collaborative communities can achieve more than individuals.