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Telstra opens up new award to Great Southern businesses 

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Telstra has launched a new awards program to celebrate innovative local businesses.

Great Southern small and medium businesses will have the opportunity to be nominated across eight award categories.

Businesses with fewer than 200 employees are welcome to enter the award program.

Telstra has a long history of running award programs such as the Telstra Business Awards and the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Celebrating innovation 

Telstra Consumer and Small Business Group executive Michael Ackland said the past year gave the company an opportunity to reimagine a new and diverse awards program.

“The Telstra Best of Business Awards builds on the success and learnings of our past award programs and is a reflection of our desire to continue to lead positive change for all Australians,” he said.

“It allows us to celebrate the businesses and people making a positive impact within their community, industry, across the country or perhaps the world.”

Prevailing through the pandemic 

Many small and medium businesses have contributed significantly to the nation’s economic recovery despite the challenges imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

“We know the past year has been challenging for everyone, particularly small to medium sized businesses,” Mr Ackland said.

“We hope by creating this new program, we will lead a national conversation and shine a light on businesses that are making a meaningful contribution to Australia and provide them with the recognition they deserve.

“We want to give everyone across Australia the opportunity to be on the main stage.”

Worklink WA chief executive Ben Killey said he would encourage start-up businesses to enter the awards.

“It’s a great opportunity to sell your business’ story,” he said. 

Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Benita Cattalini said the awards were a good opportunity for local business to reflect and grow.

“Entering an awards program does have a positive impact on the business as it provides a benchmark for a business to measure themselves against others,” she said.

“The whole process acts as a compass to let you know which areas need to be improved on and provides a level of self-reflection that as busy business owners, we sometimes forget to allow time for.

“It can also be a lot of fun”

Multiple award chances 

The award categories include Building Communities, Championing Health, Embracing Innovation, Promoting Sustainability, Outstanding Growth, Accelerating Women, Indigenous Excellence and Progressing Australia. 

The award category – Progressing Australia – will change annually with the aim of highlighting businesses who are tackling important issues affecting Australia.

This year’s topic is “Local Leadership” which seeks to promote business who are future-focused and demonstrating strong leadership in their community.

The Telstra Best of Business award nominations will remain open until July 26. 

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