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Terms and Conditions


1. General

1.1 These terms and conditions set out all the information regarding the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards 2020 (the Terms and Conditions) 
1.2 The Lord Mayor’s Business Awards 2020 (the Awards) is being presented and promoted by Brisbane City Council (Council) ABN 72 002 765 795, whose principle offices are at 266 George Street Brisbane 4000, acting through its wholly owned subsidiary, Brisbane Economic Development Agency Pty Ltd ACN 094 633 262 (Brisbane Economic Development Agency).  
1.3 Entry into the Awards is considered acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. 
1.4 All references to Brisbane in these Terms and Conditions means the City of Brisbane as defined in the City of Brisbane Act 2010. 
2. Categories
2.1 There are 11 categories for the Awards:
a) Award for Business Innovation;
b) Award for Product Innovation;
c) Award for High Growth Business Start Up;
d) Award for Outstanding Small Business;
e) Award for Outstanding Micro Business;
f) Award for Sustainability in Business;
i) Award for Outstanding Social Enterprise;
j) Award for Young Business Person of the Year;
k) Award for Business Person of the Year;
j) Award for Excellence in Business Adaptation; and
l) Optus Business Platinum Award.

2.2 With the exception of the Optus Business Platinum Award category, entrants must submit the appropriate nomination form for the category they are entering.
2.3 Entrants eligible to be entered into the Optus Business Platinum Award category, which will be the winners from all other categories, will be entered automatically as specified in condition 7.3 of these Terms and Conditions. 
3. Eligibility
3.1. Entrants must meet the eligibility criteria is this condition 3 in order to enter the Awards. 
3.2 It is a requirement that each applicant: 
a) where the applicant is a natural person, has both a current permanent place of residence and a permanent place of business in Brisbane at the time of nomination, judging of the Awards and the Awards ceremony in 2020;
b) where the applicant is a business, have a registered office and place of business located in Brisbane at the time of nomination, judging of the Awards and the Awards ceremony in 2020;
c) not be a department, statutory body (with the exception of educational institutions), agency or instrumentality of government, including a Government Owned Corporation pursuant to the Government Owned Corporations Act 1993 or a company wholly owned by the State under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth);
d) where the applicant is a company, not be a subsidiary of Council;
e) where the applicant is a not-for-profit organisation, it must be registered as:
a. a company; or
b. an incorporated association; or 
c. be constituted by a trust endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a charity and have an Australian Business Number, 
and be registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
3.3 Employees of Brisbane Economic Development Agency are not eligible to enter the Awards.
3.4 Sponsors of the Awards, including their employees, are not eligible to enter the category they sponsor however, they may enter other categories provided they satisfy the eligibility criteria. 
3.5 Entrants must meet the each of the criteria for the category they are entering as specified on the nomination form for that category.
3.6 Entrants who have previously won a Lord Mayor’s Business Award Lifetime Achievement Award, an ad hoc award awarded at the Lord Mayor’s sole, are ineligible to enter the Award for Business Person of the Year category. 
3.7. Applicants for the Award of Outstanding Small Business category must be a business with a registered address in Brisbane with no less than five to no more than 20 full time equivalent (FTE) employees at all times including peak periods. 
3.8. Applicants for the Award for Outstanding Micro Business category must be a business with a registered address in Brisbane with up to four FTE employees, including sole traders, at all times including peak periods. 
3.9 Applicants for the High Growth Business Start Up category must be a business no more than five years old, from the date of registration, as at 30 June 2020.
3.10 Brisbane Economic Development Agency may in its absolute discretion make determinations in respect of the eligibility of any applicant including any question of conflict of interest. All such determinations will be final, and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into.
4. How to Enter
4.1 To enter the Awards, the entrant must fully and correctly complete an official nomination form (in accordance with the instructions on the relevant nomination form), for the category they are entering and submit the nomination form online. Nominations forms are available on the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards website at www.lmba.com.au (the Website). 
4.2 Entries for the Awards, with the exception of the Optus Business Platinum Award, will open at 12:30pm AEST on the 30 July 2020 and close at 5:00pm AEST 11 September 2020.
4.3. Brisbane Economic Development Agency  may in its sole discretion determine whether an entry has been received within the time period noted in condition 4.2 above. 
4.4 Winning entrants from previous years may re-enter the Awards in all categories. However, if applicants choose to re-enter the same category in which they were previously a winner, the nomination must be for different or new achievements. 
4.5 Applicants may enter in more than one category specified on the Website but must submit separate nomination forms for each category they wish to enter. 
5.  Supporting documents
5.1 All finalists will be required to submit a letter from an independent accountant (external to the finalists business) stating the business is trading solvent. This will be reviewed by Brisbane Economic Development Agency’s appointed accountant to ensure finalists are financially stable and trading solvent prior to the finalists presentation as part of the judging. All financial information will be kept strictly confidential
5.2. With the exception of the letter from an independent account noted in condition 5.1 above, the only other supporting materials to be submitted for consideration are the business and personal references required for both Award for Young Business Person of the Year and Award for Business Person of the Year. 
6. Judging
6.1. All categories will involve a two-tier judging approach. Finalists will be selected through a judging panel from the information provided in the nomination forms. Once the finalists have been selected, they will be asked to present to the judging panel to determine a winner. 
6.2. All finalists for each category need to be available to present to the panel in October 2020. 
6.3. All finalists will be notified of the date and time of their presentation by phone, at least one week before they are due to present.
6.4. The winner of each category for the Awards will be a determination of merit. Judging of entries will be in accordance with the responses to the criteria on the nomination form and the presentation made by finalists to the judging panel. 
6.5. The judging panel may differ for each category and will consist of a panel of representatives (including at least one representative from the sponsor of that category) selected by Brisbane Economic Development Agency based on abilities and expertise relevant to the category. 
6.6. The judging panel may request further information from entrants at their sole discretion at any time. 
6.7. The judging panel’s decision is final, and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into. 
7. Finalist and winner notification:
7.1. Finalists will be announced from each of the categories and will be notified by telephone by between 6 and 9 October 2020 depending the judging panel for each category.
7.2. There will be one winner selected from each of these categories announced at the Awards ceremony to be held at City Hall on 26 November 2020 (the Awards Ceremony). 
7.3. Winners from each category will automatically be entered into the judging for the Optus Business Platinum Award category from which one winner will be selected and announced at the Awards Ceremony. 
8. Privacy
8.1. By entering the Awards you agree that business and personal information delivered to the Brisbane Economic Development Agency and Council in your nomination form, during the assessment process and at the Awards Ceremony, including but not limited to digital images and recordings of you at the Awards Ceremony and interviews in relation to and arising from the Awards, may be used for media, marketing and promotional material (excluding financial data and personal information of employees other than the applicant, which will remain confidential).  Such information may be shared between Council and Brisbane Economic Development Agency, and you consent and agree to Council and Brisbane Economic Development Agency using the information obtained in relation and in connection with your nomination form and the Awards for their own media, marketing and promotional purposes (excluding financial data, which will remain confidential) to other businesses and the general public. 
8.2. Brisbane Economic Development Agency and Council reserves the right to use and publish photographs and digital video recordings, taken at the Awards Ceremony, for the purposes of advertising and promoting Brisbane’s economic development and its programs. Entrants who do not wish to comply with this must notify Brisbane Economic Development Agency prior to the Awards Ceremony. 
9. Force Majeure:
9.1 If for any reason the Awards are not capable of running as planned (including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of Council), which corrupts or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this competition, Brisbane Economic Development Agency reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to take any action that may be available, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Awards. Brisbane Economic Development Agency reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify all entries from any individual who tampers with, or benefits from tampering with, the entry process which as a result corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Awards. 
9.2. In the case of the intervention of any outside agent or event which naturally changes the result or prevents or hinders its determination, including but not limited to vandalism, power failures, tempests, natural disasters, acts of God, civil unrest, strikes; Council may in its absolute discretion cancel the Awards and recommence it from the start on the same terms and conditions.
10. Award updates or cancellation:
10.1. Brisbane Economic Development Agency reserves the right to modify these terms and conditions at any time and to cancel or amend the Awards at any time without notice or further recourse to the applicants.