2018 Terms and Conditions

  1. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria in order to nominate and enter the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards. It is a requirement that each applicant:
      1.       where the applicant is a natural person, have both a current permanent place of residence and a permanent property located place of business in the Local Government Area of the City of Brisbane at the time of nomination, judging of the Awards and the Awards ceremony in 2018;
      2.        where the applicant is a business, have a current office and place of business located in the Local Government Area of the City of Brisbane at the time of nomination, judging of the Awards and the Awards ceremony in 2018;
      3.        with the exception of educational institutions, not be a department, statutory body, 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;
      4.       if a not-for-profit organisation then must be registered as a company, as an incorporated association, or be constituted by a trust endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a charity and have an Australian Business Number ;
      5.        fully and correctly complete an official Nomination Form (in accordance with the instructions on the Nomination Form) available on the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards website at www.lmba.com.au (“the Website”) and submit online. All entries must be received by 5pm AEST 20 July 2018.
  2. By submitting the Nomination Form, applicants accept these Terms and Conditions.
  3. Applicants may enter in more than one category specified on the website but must submit separate Nomination Forms for each category they enter
  4. Applicants for the Award for Investment in Brisbane must nominate for new investments made or commenced to be made during the 2016/2017 or 2017/2018 financial year.
  5. Applicants for the Award for High Growth Business Start Up must be able to supply financial accounts for at least one year and be no more than five years old at 30 June 2018 if they are selected as a finalist. Only one set of financial accounts are to be supplied by any single Applicant. Supporting materials are not to be delivered for consideration.
  6. Applicants for the Award of Outstanding Small Business may nominate for any business operating in the City of Brisbane Local Government Area with no more than 20 employees at all times including peak periods, and whether employed on a full-time, part-time, casual or other basis.
  7. All finalists will be required to submit two years of financial statements (profit & loss and balance sheets) or a letter from your financial controller/accountant stating the business is trading solvent (one year in the case of the Award for High-Growth Business Start-Up). This will be reviewed by our appointed accountant to ensure finalists are financially stable and trading solvent. All financial information will be kept strictly confidential.
  8. 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/new achievements.
  9. Entrants who have won a Lord Mayor’s Business Award Lifetime Achievement Award are ineligible to enter the Award for Business Person of the Year in future years.
  10. The Lord Mayor’s Business Awards judges reserve the right to make the final determination about category placement.
  11. This is a competition of merit. Judging of entries will be in accordance with the criteria specified on the relevant Nomination Form.
  12. The judges may request further information from the applicants at their discretion at any time.
  13. The judges’ decision is final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into.
  14. The judging panel may differ for each category (including the Optus Business Platinum Award) and will consist of a panel of representatives (including at least one sponsor representative) selected by the Promoter based on abilities and expertise relevant to the particular category.
  15. Finalists will be announced from each of the following categories and will be notified by telephone:
    1. Award for Business Innovation
    2. Award for Product Innovation
    3. Award for High Growth Business Start Up
    4. Award for Outstanding Small Business
    5. Award for Digital Adoption Strategy
    6. Award for Sustainability in Business
    7. Award for Doing Business in Asia
    8. Award for Investment in Brisbane
  16. Winners from the above categories will automatically be entered into the judging for the Optus Business Platinum Award from which one winner will be selected and announced at the Awards Ceremony to be held at City Hall on 19 October 2018.
  17. The Award for High-Growth Business Start-Up category will involve a two tier judging approach. Finalists will be selected through a judging panel and then will be asked to present to the panel to determine a winner. All finalists in this category need to be available to present to the panel in late August or early September 2018.
  18. The Doing Business in Asia category will involve a two tier judging approach. Finalists will be selected through a judging panel and then will be asked to present to the panel to determine a winner. All finalists in this category need to be available to present to the panel in late August or early September 2018.
  19. The Product Innovation category will involve a two tier judging approach. Finalists will be selected through a judging panel and then will be asked to present to the panel to determine a winner. All finalists in this category need to be available to present to the panel in late August or early September 2018.
  20. The Outstanding Small Business category will involve a two tier judging approach. Finalists will be selected through a judging panel and then will be asked to present to the panel to determine a winner. All finalists in this category need to be available to present to the panel in late August or early September 2018.
  21. There will also be two individual categories as follows:
    1. Award for Young Business Person of the Year
    2. Award for Business Person of the Year
      1. Finalists will be announced from each of the above categories and will be notified by telephone.
      2. There will be one winner selected from each of these categories announced at the Awards Ceremony to be held at City Hall on 19 October 2018.
  22. The Award for Business Person of the Year and the Award for Young Business Person of the Year will involve a two tier judging approach. Finalists will be selected through a judging panel and then will be interviewed to determine a winner. All finalists in these categories need to be available for an interview in late August or early September 2018. The Promoter 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 concerning them.
  23. The Promoter reserves the right to accept or refuse late entries at its discretion and without notifying other applicants
  24. The Promoter reserves the right to accept or refuse late entries at its discretion and without notifying other applicants.
  25. By entering the Awards, all applicants agree to have their entry/ies resubmitted by the Promoter to the 2019 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards if deemed appropriate by the Promoter. Such nominees will be notified in 2018 when nominations open.
  26. Sponsors of the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards cannot lodge an application for their sponsored category, however may enter other categories so long as they satisfy eligibility criteria.
  27. All references to Brisbane in these terms and conditions means the Brisbane City Council Local Government Area.
  28. The Promoter of the Awards is Brisbane City Council (through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Brisbane Marketing) of 266 George Street Brisbane 4000.
  29. By entering the Awards you agree that business and personal information delivered to the Promoter in your application, during the assessment process and at the awards function, including but not limited to digital images and recordings of the nominee at the Awards and interviews in relation to and arising from the Awards, may be used for media, marketing and promotional material (excluding financial data, which will remain confidential). Such information may be shared between Brisbane City Council and Brisbane Marketing Pty Ltd, and the nominee consents and agrees to Brisbane City Council and Brisbane Marketing Pty Ltd using the information obtained in relation and in connection with this Application 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.

Brisbane Marketing reserves the right to use and publish photographs and digital video recordings, taken at the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards on 19 October 2018, for the purposes of advertising and promoting Brisbane’s economic development and its programs. Attendees who do not wish to comply with this must notify Brisbane Marketing prior to the event. Information provided is considered to be true and correct at the time of publication.