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2017 NSW Business Chamber Business Awards
Terms and Conditions


1. How to enter


1.1. To enter the NSW Business Chamber Business Awards all applicants must read and understand the terms and conditions and complete the on-line entry form for your chosen category.

1.2. All submissions are to be lodged through the NSW Business Chamber business awards website www.businessannualawards.com.au

1.3. By lodging your submission, you agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions of entry.

1.4. Your entry must be submitted by 5pm Australian Eastern Standard time on the relevant close date for your region, as published in the Key Award Dates section on www.businessannualawards.com.au. NSW Business Chamber reserves the right to extend or vary the entry period if required, before or after the award entry period commences.

1.5. All entries must be submitted through either one of the Local Chamber of Commerce award programs or Regional Award Programs. There are no direct entries into the NSW Business Chamber State Awards.


2. Entry Eligibility


2.1. Entrants into the Regional Award Program must be members of the NSW Business Chamber or a Local Chamber of Commerce. This clause excludes entrants into the Sydney City Regional Awards.

2.2. Entries can be made by any business that has been continuously operating for a minimum period of two years on the entries open date relevant to your Region as published in the Key Award Dates section on  www.businessannualawards.com.au. This excludes entries into the Start Up Superstar category where entries can be made by any business that has been operating LESS than a period of two years on the entries open date relevant to your region.

2.3. A business can only enter once into the NSW Business Chamber Regional Awards program during a calendar year. This business entry will be identified by a registered ABN.

2.4. Entry into a Regional Awards program is dictated by the street address, town and postcode of the business premises being located in the region.

2.5. Entry into the Business Awards Program is not open Board Members (or their businesses) of the NSW Business Chamber and Hunter Business Chamber.

2.6. Entry into the Young Business Executive, Young Entrepreneur or Business Leader categories is not open to NSW Business Chamber Regional Advisory Councillors. NSW Business Chamber Regional Advisory Councillors CAN enter their business into other business award categories.

2.7. Entry into the Young Business Executive, Young Entrepreneur or Business Leader categories is not open to Local Chamber staff and Executive Committee members. Local Chamber Staff and Executive Committee members CAN enter their business into other business award categories.


3. 2016 Regional and State Winners


3.1. Regional and State Winners from the 2016 NSW Business Chamber Awards program cannot enter the same category in the subsequent year (2017) that they won.

3.2. State and Regional winners are eligible to enter any other category in 2017 other than the category they were a winner of in 2016.

3.3. State winners from 2016 are eligible to form part of the 2016 Regional Awards Judging Panel for their winning category.

3.4 Regional winners of the Local Chamber of Commerce of the Year Award are eligible to enter in the Local Chamber of Commerce category each year.

3.5. To progress as a State Finalists at the 2017 NSW Business Chamber State Business Awards. Regional winners must be either:

3.5.1. A current financial member of the NSW Business Chamber (NSWBC), Illawarra or Hunter Business Chamber as of 1st October 2017.

3.5.2. A Local Chamber member that has opted in to become a member of the NSW Business Chamber as of 1st October 2017.
 

4. Entry requirements


4.1. All entries for consideration must be lodged online and include the required information.

4.2. NSW Business Chamber reserves the right to declare any entry ineligible, if during the term of the award process your entry form is incomplete or deficient, false or misleading in any way.

4.3. Your entry will be allocated to a NSW Business regional awards program, based on the street address, location and postcode of your businesses premises.


5. Opening Dates


5.1. Refer to the Key Award dates page on the website for entry opening dates.

5.2. NSW Business Chamber reserves the right to extend or vary the entry period if required, before or after the award entry period commences.


6. Closing Dates


6.1. Refer to the Key Award dates page on the website for entry closing dates.

6.2. NSW Business Chamber reserves the right to extend or vary the entry period if required, before or after the award entry period commences.

 

7. Confidentiality


7.1. All information provided in the entry form will be used for the purpose of judging only and will be treated as commercial-in-confidence by NSW Business Chamber.

7.2. If you are selected as a finalist, information provided in the entry (excluding financial information) will be used for the purpose of promoting the Awards and your business.

 

8. Judging


8.1. All entries are judged by a panel of subject matter experts, selected from business and community leaders including previous State Category Winners and Corporate Category Sponsors.

8.2. Judges are required to sign a confidentiality agreement and disclose any conflict of interest.

8.3. The judge’s decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

8.4. In situations where there is only one entrant for a category in a Regional Award, this entry will be judged. Subject to meeting a gateway score, the entry will become an automatic State Finalist and will be awarded a State Finalist certificate and represent their respective region in that category at the State Gala event.

 

9. Awards


9.1. The Awards comprise of the following categories:

9.1.1. Excellence in Small Business (for businesses employing less than 20 employees*)
* This includes all employees on payroll in Australia such as contractors, casuals and labour hire staff.

9.1.2. Excellence in Business (for businesses employing 20 or more employees*)
* This includes all employees on payroll in Australia such as contractors, casual and labour hire staff.

9.1.3. Young Business Executive (Age 18-35)

9.1.4. Young Entrepreneur (Age 18-35)

9.1.5. Business Leader (Age 36+)

9.1.6. Employer of Choice

9.1.7. Excellence in Social Enterprise

9.1.8. Excellence in Innovation

9.1.9. Excellence in Sustainability

9.1.10. Excellence in Export

9.1.11. Start Up Superstar

9.1.12. 2017 Local Chamber of Commerce

9.2. Category winners from each Regional Awards program will progress to the NSW Business Chamber State Business Awards as a State Category Finalist subject to meeting the T&Cs.

9.3. NSW Business Chamber has additional regional award categories relevant to each region. Please note these Regional award categories do not progress to the State Business Awards.

9.4. Each Regional NSW category finalist in the State Awards is eligible to apply for financial assistance for one return flight from Regional NSW to Sydney and one night’s designated accommodation in Sydney's CBD.


10. Geographic coverage


10.1. The above terms and conditions cover the NSW Business Chamber Awards programs, running in the following regions: Western NSW, Sydney City, North Eastern Sydney, South Eastern Sydney, Macarthur, Illawarra, Murray-Riverina, Mid North Coast, New England North West, Far South Coast, Northern Rivers.

10.2. NSW Business Chamber provides the online entry and judging engine for other local chamber and regional awards which are aligned with our program. These awards may have different terms and conditions.


11. Announcing the finalists and winners


11.1. Finalists will be notified by phone and email, and published on the Business Awards website www.businessannualawards.com.au

11.2. Winners will be announced at the gala event in each region, with the state winners announced at the State Gala Dinner. In a region where there is no gala event, winners will be notified and awarded their Regional Winner trophy in person.


12. Local Chamber Business Awards programs


12.1. The NSW Business Chamber 2017 Business Awards Terms and Conditions apply to entrants into NSW Business Chamber 2017 Business Awards, including entrants of Local Chamber of Commerce awards which are aligned with the NSW Business Chamber Business Awards. Please note that terms and conditions may also be applied by the Local Chamber of Commerce running such awards. Please check the Local Chamber Awards website for their terms and conditions.


13. Local Chamber of Commerce (LCC) Award entrants and winners


13.1. Where a Local Chamber Awards program exists and that LCC partner aligns all or some of their categories and criteria with the NSW Business Chamber Awards Program, local chamber alliance members can only enter those aligned categories via the local chamber awards program. Where a Local Chamber Awards program exists but they have not chosen to align with some of the state award categories, local chamber alliance members may directly enter those categories at a regional level. A business/individual is eligible to enter into multiple local chamber awards within a region. You will be required to enter a new username per entry submission

13.2. Where a Local Chamber Awards program does not exist, a local chamber alliance member can enter directly into the NSW Business Chamber Awards at a regional level.

13.3 Local Chamber Award winners are eligible to progress to the NSW Business Chamber Regional Awards program as a Regional finalist subject to:

13.3.1. Complying with the NSW Business Chamber Awards program, Terms and Conditions.

13.3.2. The Local Chamber category winner’s entry being submitted via the NSW Business Chamber Business Awards online entry system for the purpose of judging.

 

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