Awards celebrate local family-based business

FAMILY Business Australia (WA) is preparing for its annual awards program, which recognises the achievements, challenges and success stories of family-operated businesses across the State.

In a new partnership agreement, WA Business News will organise and facilitate the awards for FBA WA.

FBA WA executive officer Kate Gorce-Macham said the alliance would provide increased recognition for the association and award winners.

“It means that we have an opportunity to partner with an organisation that is experienced at running award programs and we are able to raise the profile of the organisation within the business community,” Ms Gorce-Macham said.

Like the WA Business News 40under40 program, the FBA awards will seek nominations and have a panel of judges, who will use detailed criteria to select the award winners.

The judges will look at three main categories – innovative and entrepreneurial qualities, use of family business best practices, and community involvement.

FBA WA chairman George Kailis (above) said 86 per cent of businesses were family owned and the awards would help build a better profile of the importance of family business.

He said many family business operators enjoyed a good public perception and significant operational benefits.

The FBA WA will call for nominations from Thursday June 27, and award winners will be announced at a gala function on September 12.

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