JUDGES from the other side of the world have helped decide who is the best in business in Bathurst this year.
“It’s not very well-known that the judges [for the Carillon Business Awards] are completely out-of-town,” Bathurst Business Chamber events and marketing co-ordinator Simone Townsend said.
“All the judges are completely independent and looking at what the person is providing, rather than what they [the judges] know about the business.”
The judges this year, Ms Townsend said, did their duties from Orange, Wellington, Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra and Cirencester in England’s Cotswolds region, poring over the awards entries to decide the winners of the various categories.
The Cirencester connection comes from the growing friendship arrangement between Bathurst and the small town north-west of London.
Cirencester Chamber of Commerce president Simon King visited Bathurst earlier this year on a fact-finding mission as part of that friendship arrangement and, while here, met with the Bathurst Business Chamber.
Ms Townsend there had been an increase in entries for the business awards this year.
“We simplified the entry process and we’re hoping entries will increase again next year,” she said. “We also had more than 2000 votes in the two popular voting categories.”
The business awards’ finalists' night, when the finalists are revealed, will be held on Tuesday, September 18 and the gala presentation evening, when the winners are announced, will be held on Friday, October 26 at Bathurst Goldfields.