Awards to recognise Ballarat's top businesses

WHEN Wilson’s Fruit and Vegetables Ballarat was named Business of the Year at the 2013 CGU Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards, co-owner Kay Wilson did not know how to react.

“I was absolutely shocked, I was blown away,” Mrs Wilson said.

Mrs Wilson, along with husband Trevor, is encouraging businesses to nominate in this year’s awards.

Yesterday nominations opened for the 2014 awards, with businesses able to enter across 16 categories including manufacturing, small business and retail. This year Commerce Ballarat has launched a free smart phone app, so people can nominate businesses at the touch of a button. 

Commerce Ballarat chairman Andrew Rowan said businesses should be on the front foot when it came to new technology and social media. 

“We are constantly looking for new ways to communicate with the business community,” he said. 

Mr Rowan said by nominating themselves in the awards, businesses had the opportunity to examine how they were operating. 

“It’s forcing businesses to examine themselves. It is a beneficial experience, because they can reflect on things they could do better,” he said. 

Mrs Wilson said the award win validated how well the Wilson business was going. 

“We are building on what we have done in the past. I guess winning the award proved to us we have been moving in the right direction,” she said.

To nominate a business by 5pm on May 2 visit or download the app.