Less than six weeks to enter the 2021 Sunshine Coast Business Awards

With less than six weeks until entries close, the 2021 Sunshine Coast Business are set to be another great celebration of business achievements across the region.
Sunshine Coast Business Awards head of judges Bruce Williams, 2019 winner Naomi Campbell from Concepts Lab and Awards chair Jennifer Swaine – photo by Reflected Image PR
Sunshine Coast Business Awards Chair Jennifer Swaine said everyone was really excited to have the Awards back for 2021, following one of the most challenging business years in living memory. Mrs Swaine while the applications process for the Awards was something that took a little time, previous entrants had said the process was a great opportunity to step back from day-to-day operations and critically examine their own business. “We pride ourselves on the quality of the Awards applications process – it’s not a popularity contest, but instead entrants are judged according to the criteria, by business experts, with finalists also participating in interviews,” Mrs Swaine said. “Already over100 businesses had begun the application process with more than 90 attending information sessions to get tips direct from judges. “We still have three workshops left in the schedule including Wednesday 21st July from 5.30 to 7.30pm at LPE in Foundation Place building in the new Maroochydore CBD; on Wednesday 28th July from 5.30 to 7.30pm at The J in Noosa and a Zoom Q&A session on Tuesday 3rd August from 9am to 11am. Judging Chair Bruce Williams said businesspeople who had been nominated, or who are considering entering the Awards, should not be daunted by the process. “In fact, we are hosting a series of information sessions across the Sunshine Coast and Noosa as well as online to give people an opportunity to find out more and ask questions,” Mr Williams said. Mrs Swaine said it wasn’t too late for new businesses to enter the Awards. “Simply jump on the website, register and you can download the application. Then you can work through the questions and upload your application to complete your entry. Applications close on Friday 27th August at 5pm. The 2021 Sunshine Coast Business Awards include 16 categories with small and large categories in each:
  • Accommodation (Tourism)
  • Building and Construction
  • Clean Technology
  • Creative Industries
  • Education and Training
  • Experiences
  • Export – only available to those exporting internationally
  • Festivals and Events (Tourism)
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • Health and Wellness
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional Services
  • Retail
  • Social Impact
  • Trades & Services
The Business of the Year winner is chosen from the winners of the above categories. Hall of Fame Awards are awarded to those who have won their category three years in a row. To find register for one of the information sessions, go to To find out more about the Awards or nominate a business or enter your own business visit

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