Business Excellence Awards

Business Excellence Awards finalists announced

The finalists in the 2022 City of Melton Business Excellence Awards have been revealed, with 18 outstanding businesses from hospitality, trades, professional services, and creative industries recognised for their work.

The local businesses are now in the running to win a business excellence award in eight categories.

Now in its 15th year, these awards are about recognising and rewarding the great contributions local businesses make to the City of Melton.

The winners will be announced at the City of Melton Business Excellence Awards Evening in November.

The winners of the Mayoral Achievement Award sponsored by Venture Melton and Business of the Year sponsored by Atherstone will also be announced at the Awards evening.

This year’s finalists are:  

Award for Innovation and Creativity                

Victoria University              


Aspire Lawyers
Ready 2 Rock Hospitality 
Raerae VinTay

Award for Adaptability


Pinarc Disability Support
Blue Martin
Pro Gamers
Award for Diversity and Inclusion

Greater Western Water

Learner's Hub Education Centre
Kumon Caroline Springs North
Slan Finance
Award for Customer Excellence

Kool Kids Ravenhall

Proptech Legal
Cat Napping Melton
Fit 40 Melton
Award for Sustainability Leadership


We Love Aintree
Varcon Group
ProTech IT Solutions
Award for Disability Inclusion

Melton Disability Advisory Committee           

Discovering Strength
NeuroRehab Allied Health Network
Mambourin Melton

Business Award Categories

Business Excellence Award for Sustainability Leadership
Proudly presented by Electrolux

This award highlights excellence in embedding sustainability practices in business planning, operations, and marketing. This award recognises those businesses that identify ways to minimise the environmental footprint of the operation of their business, their supply chains and waste production. These businesses pursue opportunities to close the loop on raw materials they may consume and seek best-practice plant and fixtures. Sustainable practice examples include the creation of green space, crop rotation, environmentally sustainable design and construction, water efficient fixtures, renewable clean energy, product stewardship initiatives and water treatment and reuse. This category recognises businesses across all sectors.


Business Excellence Award for Customer Excellence
Proudly presented by Kool Kids Ravenhall

Open to businesses across all sectors, the Customer Excellence Award recognises the businesses who provide outstanding customer experience in our community. This award recognises demonstrated success in quality control processes and focus on customer service. Finalists in this category will be able to show how they measure, monitor and manage customer expectations, satisfaction and retention.


Business Excellence Award for Innovation and Creativity
Proudly presented by Victoria University
Open to businesses across all sectors that have created and implemented a new process, product or service which has made the complex simpler, the expensive more affordable or the seemingly impossible, possible.  This award recognises businesses that have used new and original ideas to create solutions, pushing the boundaries in ways that inspire and challenge.


Business Excellence Award for Adaptability
Proudly presented by Woodgrove
Open to businesses across all sectors that have been able to adapt quickly to market changes, internally and externally.  This award recognises rapid and flexible responses to customer demands, and the capacity to be agile, leading change in a productive and cost-effective way without compromising quality.


Business Excellence Award for Diversity and Inclusion
Proudly presented by Greater Western Water

This award recognises businesses that excel in supporting diversity and inclusion through workplace initiatives and/or programs. These businesses demonstrate the values and benefits of an inclusive workplace and work to achieve a more inclusive environment for staff and customers. Businesses nominated for this award have taken action to reduce barriers, enhance participation and ensure information, services and facilities are accessible and inclusive to everyone in our community. Workplace diversity and inclusion may refer to gender, age, LGBTIQ, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), and Indigenous engagement.


Business Excellence Award for Disability Inclusion
Proudly presented by Melton Disability Advisory Committee
This award is open across all sectors and recognises businesses that have taken action to reduce barriers, enhance participation and ensure information, services and facilities are accessible and inclusive for people with disability. Businesses nominated for this award may also have contributed towards changing community attitudes, taken action to create employment opportunities specifically for people with disability and promoted an inclusive workplace culture that increases the active participation of people with disability. 

2022 Non Nomination Awards Categories

The following awards will also be awarded at the Awards Evening. There is no nomination process for these awards. They are chosen from category finalists and winners by the independent judging panel. 

Mayoral Achievement Award
Proudly presented by Venture Melton

The Mayoral Award is judged across all Melton Business Excellence Awards finalists, and recognises outstanding performance in the judging criteria for their nominated category.

Business of the Year Award
Proudly presented by Atherstone

Open to businesses across all sectors that demonstrate high delivery and achievement in three or more of the above award categories.

Selection Process

  1. Application
    Online applications opened Monday 1 August 2022.  The application consists of a series of questions that allows the business to present and explain its operations. Applications closed Wednesday 7 September.

  2. Judging
    Independent and experienced business professionals review all applications within a category. The Judges will rank the applications based on the level of detail and quality of information contained within the application and determine a maximum of three category finalists.

  3. Finalist Announcement
    Category Finalists will be contacted, and announcements made.

  4. Site-Inspection/interview
    The judges will contact finalists and schedule a meeting at the finalist’s premises to interview a representative of that organisation and undertake a brief tour of the operations to validate the responses provided in the application.

  5. Category winner declared
    The judges determine which finalist warrants the award for the category.  All winners are announced at the Awards Night to be held on 25 November 2022.

  6. Business of the year winner declared
    The judging panel will determine an overall winner for the Business of the Year Award based on its assessment of the application and site visit of every finalist.  The judge’s decisions on category winners and business of the year winner are announced at the Awards Night to be held on 25 November.

  7. Feedback
    All businesses who have made submissions will receive formal feedback from the judges which is considered a valuable exercise to identify potential business improvements. All businesses who have made submissions will also receive personal contact from Council’s Economic Development team with an opportunity to participate in business support programs such as mentoring, training and the Venture Melton Business Network.