There are 11 categories open for nomination at the 2023 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards.
Businesses can enter as many categories as they like, where they meet the criteria.
All 11 category winners will be considered for the Optus Platinum Award that recognises the year’s most outstanding overall winner. This category is not open to nominations.
Recognises excellence in running a small business in Brisbane. This category is for privately-owned companies with five to twenty full-time equivalent employees.
Recognises small and mighty microbusinesses, run by sole traders or teams of up to four employees, displaying excellence in running their business and making an impact in Brisbane.
For game-changing companies operating in Brisbane that have developed nationally or globally competitive products, processes or services. Nominations can be for a single product or service initiative or an overall strategy.
Acknowledges companies that have transformed their business through initiatives, innovation or technological achievement, to grow their impact for customers or communities. Nominations can be for a single initiative or an overall strategy.
For companies of all sizes making a positive impact through their business to tackle social challenges, support people and communities and help protect the environment.
For companies of all sizes that are tackling national and global markets and have achieved significant growth in revenue, staff, customers or new markets over the past three years.
Acknowledges excellence in clean business practices and sustainable resource use, including energy, waste, water and recycling. Nominations can be for a single initiative or an overall strategy.
For companies with a global outlook making an outstanding contribution to the Brisbane economy through the export of local products and services.
Recognises businesses that have made a strategic investment in Brisbane and the city’s future. Investment can take the form of capital investment, new ideas and new company divisions or projects undertaken in Brisbane during the 2021/22 and 2022/23 financial years.
Celebrates outstanding individuals aged 35 and under, who have achieved significant success for their company and the city of Brisbane.
Recognises individuals who have made a significant contribution to Brisbane’s business community through an unrelenting pursuit of excellence in business.
Recognises the most outstanding overall category winner, highlighting Brisbane as a destination of choice for business. This category is not open to nominations.
The Lord Mayor's Business Awards are more than just an awards program.
They are a chance to connect with esteemed alumni, grow bigger local networks and create opportunities for collaboration. As a finalist, you’ll be amongst other Brisbane business leaders from a diverse range of industries from health and technology to education, sustainability, social enterprise and the arts.
Our seasoned panel of expert judges can offer helpful insights to better understand your biggest selling points and potential pathways to growth. Our sponsors also give back to Brisbane’s business community through their support of the awards as well as workshops and events at the Brisbane Business Hub.
As a bonus, many of our finalists and winners often receive invaluable media coverage to boost their profile and reputation.
Reflecting on the success of last year’s winners, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the awards were a powerful platform to propel esteemed and emerging businesses.
“Being recognised as a Lord Mayor Business Award finalist or winner provides a unique opportunity that extends far beyond that winning moment,” Cr Schrinner said.
“It accelerates business growth and those all-important connections, while also raising profiles to achieve greater levels of success, something past winners and finalists can attest too.
“We’ve seen alumni elevate their business by attracting new investment, creating jobs and planning to expand abroad.
“The awards not only provide finalists with much-deserved recognition and help open doors for leaders to grow and take the next steps in their professional journey.
“We encourage businesses of all sizes, from all sectors, to nominate and experience first-hand the opportunities the awards bring.”
Apply from 3 May 2023 and use The Lord Mayor's Business Awards program to: