After a tough year for businesses across the state, nominations are now open for the 2021 Tasplan Business Excellence Awards, run by the Launceston Chamber of Commerce.
Chief executive David Peach said this year's theme of resilience was timely to celebrate how businesses have adapted to significant change.
"The awards are a key part of the business calendar, and after not being able to hold them in 2020 it's a good reason to celebrate," Mr Peach said.
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"With the theme of resilience, we're asking people to tell us what they did to get through what was otherwise a pretty disastrous year."
Kingthing Marketing won the Marketing Excellence category and overall Business of the Year awards in 2019.
Owners Rebecca and Robert King urged all business owners to go through the application process.
"It was a great opportunity to look at all aspects of our business, from HR to financials, workplace health and safety and team culture," Ms King said.
"It was a great opportunity to reflect, and for me putting the application together there's always room for improvement, and it makes you think about what you can do better."
"Win or lose, just going through the application process is a worthwhile exercise," Mr King added.
"Winning was a big surprise. We weren't expecting it one little bit, and were so grateful to win our category. You could see the surprise in our staff's faces, their jaws just dropped."
"As business people you just do what you do, you're fairly humble in your approach," Ms King said.
You just turn up every day and do what you do and try and be a good human, so to get those kind of accolades was a really big surprise.
"Winning an award of this caliber is really good for team morale and being seen as a great place to work."
"The exposure was good for us, we work with people across the state but to have so many people in a large room to get to see and hear who you are and what you do, across all industry sectors, was great for us," Mr King said.
Entries into the awards are free, with all early bird entries received before November 6 going into a draw to win a $2000 media package from the Examiner and LAFM.
"The recognition you receive can lead to networking opportunities and media coverage - it's invaluable," Mr Peach said.
"You don't need to be a member of the Chamber, just a business in the Northern region."
For a list of categories and further information, visit the Launceston Chamber of Commerce website.
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