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Nursery & Garden Industry Awards 2010 – Reduced submission requirements, simplified entry criteria, greater winner benefits

Give your business the opportunity to be recognised as the best of the best by entering the 2010 Nursery & Garden Industry Awards – entries open on June 1, 2009.

The Nursery & Garden Industry Awards give businesses the opportunity to promote themselves as leaders in the industry. By entering the Awards you are inspiring others to strive for excellence and are making a strong statement about your organisation’s commitment to the professionalism of the nursery and garden industry.

For garden centres, an invaluable benefit of entering the Awards is the feedback you will receive from the onsite judges’ visits and their written assessment about your opportunities for improvement.

The Awards for 2010 are:

Best Small, Medium and Large Garden Centre

Best Small, Medium and Large Production Nursery

Best Government Nursery

Best Propagation Nursery

NGI Community Award

NGI Environment Award

NGI Training Award

NGI Export Award

NGI Industry Supplier Award

Young Leader Award

Award categories for 2010

The entry criteria for the 2010 Awards has been simplified from previous years. Each category requires a two to four page submission plus support materials depending on the category you enter.

Entering is now as easy as 1, 2, 3

If your business is a garden centre, production nursery or allied trader, you will soon receive a brochure and entry form for the 2010 Awards Program. The revised entry process will be:

Step 1: Simply complete the entry form indicating the category you would like to enter and providing your contact details.

Step 2: Post, fax or email your entry form back to NGIA and we will send you the simplified criteria for each category you want to enter.

Step 3: Complete your submission, include your support materials and entry fee, and return it by post or email prior to July 26, 2009.

NGIA National Marketing & Communications Manager Jacqui Gibbs says: “The Nursery & Garden Industry Awards provide an unparallel opportunity to work ‘on’ your business. The process enables you to focus on your strengths and identifies the opportunities for business improvement. This coupled with the onsite visits, judges’ feedback and industry recognition make entering the awards an invaluable investment.”

All entries will be judged on a State level with the winners in each category moving through to become National Finalists. State winners of the 2010 Nursery & Garden Industry Awards will be announced at State celebrations held between October 1 and November 30, 2009.

All State Winners in the national award categories will become National Finalists. The National Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner in 2010 in conjunction with the NGI National Conference in Darwin. National winners will receive a trophy, marketing support materials and a $1000 towards training through their State Nursery & Garden Industry Association.

Entries close July 26, 2009. Make sure you get your entry forms in and take up this invaluable opportunity to showcase your business.

For more information about the 2010 Nursery & Garden Industry Awards, or for an entry form contact Natalie Walker at NGIA ph (02) 9876 5200 or email natalie.walker@ngia.com.au

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