Nominations closing for Lord Mayor’s Business Awards - Choose Brisbane

Nominations closing for Lord Mayor’s Business Awards

2017 Lord Mayor's Business Awards winners

Brisbane businesses are being encouraged to put themselves forward for the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards before nominations close on 20 July.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk urged Brisbane businesses to grasp the opportunity and nominate for any of the 10 diverse categories being presented at this year’s ceremony.

“The Lord Mayor’s Businesses Awards are the benchmark for business excellence and innovation in our community and recognise the work Brisbane business people do to help create jobs, enrich our community and build our $162 billion economy,” Cr Quirk said.

“These Awards present an opportunity to reflect on achievements and growth, and could lead to invaluable business networking and publicity opportunities, however they only come around once a year.

“Every year, the bar is raised even higher with many former finalists now making their mark right across the world, and I am looking forward to seeing the outstanding calibre of this year’s nominees.”

Watkins Steel, winner of the 2017 ISPT Award for Digital Adoption Strategy, can attest to the benefits of winning a Lord Mayor’s Business Award.

Now in its 50th year of business, the family-owned steel fabrication company was recognised for implementing a unique end-to-end digital workflow for steel fabrication and installation, and continues to invest in technology.

Director Des Watkins said winning the Lord Mayor’s Business Award had increased the business’s profile in the wider Brisbane community.

“The award validated the research and development we had undertaken over the years, giving us credibility and reinforcing that we were on the right track with our commitment to technology,” Mr Watkins said.

“We are now looking to implement the next phase of automation, which is robotic welding. We are completing more work interstate and have completed our second overseas project this year.

“For every line of robotics commissioned, we have employed an additional 10 people – which is a great example of how robotics creates jobs.”

The Lord Mayor’s Business Awards are staged by Brisbane Marketing. Nominations close on 20 July and the 2018 winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner on 19 October.

There are 11 award categories in total, with eight 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 for 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

And two awards open to individuals:

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

One outstanding category winner (chosen from a business award winner):

  • Optus Business Platinum Award

Visit for more information, or start your nomination now.

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