Lord Mayor calls for Brisbane’s best businesses

Graham Quirk

From product innovations to sustainable practices and emerging leaders, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is calling for Brisbane’s best businesses and entrepreneurs to step forward for a 2018 Lord Mayor’s Business Award.

The Lord Mayor said he anticipated another record number of nominations across the 11 categories.

“Brisbane is a great place to live, work and relax and is brimming with thought leaders, innovators and problem solvers,” Cr Quirk said.

“The ingenuity of our New World City’s businesses is what gives Brisbane an edge over other major Australian cities.

“The awards are one way we recognise the outstanding contribution businesses make to grow our $154 billion economy and enrich our communities.

“Whether it’s a small business offering an unrivalled service, a new product that is transforming an industry, or a business person who has demonstrated leadership and innovation in their field, I encourage all nominations.”

Cr Quirk said past Lord Mayor’s Business Award winners had gone on to achieve huge success.

“Two-time award winner Tritium, now a major player in the production of electric car chargers, is boosting its 150-strong local workforce to meet growing worldwide demand,” Cr Quirk said.

“And since being announced 2017 Business Person of the Year, FRANKiE4 founder Caroline McCulloch, has benefited greatly from the exposure on her innovative footwear business.”

Speaking at the launch, Ms McCulloch, a podiatrist and physiotherapist turned footwear designer, detailed the impact of the recognition on her company.

“Winning the Lord Mayor’s Business Award has certainly helped profile our business and push it forward,” Ms McCulloch said.

“Money can’t buy the quality of exposure and genuine support I have received. Business opportunities resulted that weren’t possible prior to winning this reputable award.”

Nominations close on 20 July and the winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner on Friday, 19 October.

Of the 11 award categories, the following eight are open to businesses:

  • CCIQ Award for Outstanding Small Business
  • Queensland Urban Utilities Award for Product Innovation
  • Australia Pacific LNG Award for Business Innovation
  • ISPT Award Digital Adoption Strategy
  • Port of Brisbane Award for Investment in Brisbane
  • ANZ Award for High Growth Business Start-Up
  • Yurika Award for Sustainability in Business
  • HSBC Award for Doing Business in Asia

Two categories are open to individuals:

  • Singapore Airlines Award for Young Business Person of the Year
  • Channel 7 Award for Business Person of the Year

And one business award winner will be recognised for outstanding achievement:

  • Optus Business Platinum Award

Visit lmba.com.au for more information and to nominate.

The Lord Mayor’s Business Awards are also supported by: Brisbane City Council, BDO, Epicure and Sirromet.