Franchisees are urged to nominate to have their entrepreneurialism, innovation and leadership celebrated at the 2023 National Retail Awards, hosted by the National Retail Association.
This year’s awards have expanded by seven new categories to include the Franchisee of the Year Award.
Nominations for the National Retail Awards close on 31 August 2023 and include a free, simplified and streamlined entry process.
National Retail Association CEO Greg Griffith said the awards were the highest accolades in the Australian retail industry, celebrating ‘the best of the best’.
“This year we are excited to introduce a new award to recognise the enormous contribution Australia’s franchisees make,’’ Mr Griffith said.
“The Franchisee of the Year Award will be presented to an outstanding franchisee who has demonstrated exceptional business success while going above and beyond within their franchise network.
“As their own boss, franchisees support their communities across the country, providing services to customers, employment and a resilient business model that boosts the economy.’’
To be eligible to enter, franchisees much have operated their business successfully for at least 12 months, be part of a franchise network and have either a physical or online store.
Mr Griffith said the National Retail Awards, now in their 51st year, reward and showcase the service and commitment retailers deliver to Australian consumers every day.
“I encourage retailers to nominate a standout colleague, or their own business, and access the recognition and extraordinary opportunities that the awards provide,’’ he said. “The personal and professional rewards for winners are immense.
“Not only do they gain national recognition with PR and branding opportunities to raise their profile, but they also have an opportunity to attend a National Retail Association workshop of their choice to enhance their skills and experience.’’
This year’s 17 categories are: Franchisee of the Year; Small, Medium and Large Online Retailer of the Year; Innovation Retailer of the Year; Store Fitout/Improvement of the Year; Marketing or Sales Campaign of the Year; Retail Leader of the Year; Sustainable Retailer of the Year; Small, Medium and Large Shopfront Retailers of the Year; People and Culture Retailer; Emerging Retailer; HR Professional; Store Manager; and Young Retailer of the Year.
It is free for all retailers to nominate and enter the awards.
Finalists will be announced on 26 October 2023 at the annual gala award dinner held in Brisbane at Howard Smith Wharves.
For more information about the categories and eligibility criteria click here