t's time to nominate your favourite retailer for the Redland Chamber of Commerce BaR Awards for 2018.

Advertising feature:

PEOPLE are encouraged to get behind their favourite retailer by voting for them in for the prestigious Redland Chamber of Commerce BaR Awards 2018.

About 10,000 votes were placed for more than 620 local businesses last year to celebrate retailing excellence throughout the city and the same turn out is anticipated for this year.

The Redland Business and Retail (BaR) Awards is a not-for-profit event grown to become the largest event of its type on the Redland City calendar.

The Redland Business and Retail (BaR) Gala Presentation dinner will take place at Sheldon College on Saturday, November 24.

There’s plenty of time to get your entry in. This year one lucky winner will take home the voter’s prize incorporating a three night P&O Cruise provided by Travel Associates.

Businesses can be nominated for one or more business categories. Some of the key benefits of submitting an entry include: the opportunity to focus on business strategy, the chance to compete against other businesses in the region and to receive feedback from qualified and impartial judges to help understand the business with fresh insight.

Key to Kids employee Megan Warren said she benefited from applying last year.

“The feedback from the judges was extensive, which I found very helpful and enabled me to see what they were after this year in developing my business,” she said.

Home Instead senior care employee Victoria Meyers agreed.

“The process (of applying) was really good because it enabled us to step back and look at what we are doing, and are we doing the right things, for example our customer service,” she said.

Aegis Bookkeeping owner Tori van der Donk said their business took on board the feedback from the judges and implemented the feedback into their submission. The result was winning the Business of the Monthaward the next time round.

“It was looking at ourselves which is really hard when you’re in the business to look at what’s going on,” she said. “But we had to look at it from the perspective of an outsider.” 

This advertising feature is sponsored by:

“Applying for the awards have given me a lot of clarity about my business and where it is moving forward.” 

“It has given me some time to reflect on what I had actually achieved, and it painted a very clear picture for what I wanted to do next.”

Fit Stuff Personalised Fitness employee Nathan Devlin

Nomination forms for the business awards are available to download on both the Redland BaR Awards website redlandbarawards.com and the Redland Chamber of Commerce website redlandchamber.org.au.

Launch packs for the retail awards are in the process of being delivered to businesses in the area. If you haven’t received your pack then contact Redland City Chamber of Commerce on 0478 202 306. Enquire now.

Flashback buzzing crowd: Businesses throughout the Redlands came together to celebrate their achievements at the awards. Source: Studio 4 Photography.

Flashback buzzing crowd: Businesses throughout the Redlands came together to celebrate their achievements at the awards. Source: Studio 4 Photography.

Flashback enthusiastic attendees: People frocked up and shared their accomplishments. Source: Studio 4 Photography.

Flashback enthusiastic attendees: People frocked up and shared their accomplishments. Source: Studio 4 Photography.