Nominations open for 2019 Telstra Business Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Telstra Business Awards, the program that celebrates and recognises the very best in business and helps propel them to greater heights.

Figures show that 2018 was a record-breaking year for the number of nominations in Telstra’s Awards program, however, there was also an 18 per cent decrease in self-nominations compared to 2017.

Telstra is encouraging small and medium businesses, as well as not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises, to make 2019 the year they put their business in the spotlight by nominating for the Awards.

Telstra Business Awards Ambassador and Acting Group Executive, Telstra Consumer & Small Business, Michael Ackland, said business owners should back themselves and take a chance by nominating for this year’s Awards.

“A successful business owner is a special breed with unique characteristics. They’re hungry. They’re creative. They’re bold. But at times, they’re also unsure,” Ackland said. “Having no one to answer to can be liberating, but it can also foster as much self-doubt as it can confidence. Applying for the Telstra Business Awards is a great way to put your business to the test and prove to yourself that you’re better than you think you are.”

Now in its 27th year, the Awards program is designed to help business people analyse, evaluate and improve their operations, and thrive in the future. As part of nominating, every entrant will receive a Personalised In-Depth Business Report with professional insights, advice and guidance to help improve the future of their business. Research shows that half of the businesses that read their Personalised In-Depth Business Report said they would make changes as a result.

Tony Nash, CEO of Booktopia, an online retailer and 2018 Telstra Australian People’s Choice Award winner, urged other business owners to take the time to stop and put their business to the test, no matter their size or industry.

“The Telstra Business Awards is one of the best experiences you can participate in. I have entered seven times and every single time, I learn something. More importantly, it gets you to articulate what you do, how you do it and why you are unique and stand out,” he said.

Anyone can nominate an outstanding business by heading to the Telstra Business Awards website.

Nominations are open until 5pm AEDT, 7 March 2019.

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