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The Peninsula Business Awards encourage, promote and recognise excellence across the Mornington Peninsula region. Following an overwhelming success in the 2018 campaign, the team are beyond excited to not only bring back the Awards for its second year but also to add a huge level of offerings to every applicant – finalist and of course overall winners.


The common message to the Awards team post awards and in particular the Gala Event was that they felt and received such a positive response from their involvement but primarily the connections and networks that have built across the Peninsula. It was clear on the night the buzz of business was alive and it was exactly that buzz which was the driver in bringing the Awards to life for the Peninsula yet again. 

As I continue to visit many organisations across Australia to identify Best Practice, a common activity I see for building a sustainable business is taking the time to regularly assess performance. Combining this with a realistic reflection of what is working and what needs to improve, this can provide valuable insights and create opportunities for all of your team to be involved and therefore increase motivation and ultimately productivity. Please take this opportunity to challenge your Leadership, Processes, People Development and Improvement plans and continue the excellent work I have seen over the past year while being a part of the awards.

For those of you who are returning, welcome back, I look forward to seeing how you have progressed and improved. If this is your first time, congratulations you are taking an important step in future success of your business. The Assessment questions are there to assist you and your business to develop a better understanding of the key elements to work towards Business Excellence.

As the Founder, I personally thank each and every business owner, team member and individual among the local community for being such a positive involvement to the Awards and will continue to ensure that the Awards are an ongoing event for us all. 

With thanks,

Rhiannon Pilton

Founder – Peninsula Business Awards


About Us

Peninsula Business Awards

These local business awards recognise the courage, commitment, drive and determination it takes to run a business.   Participating gives finalists and winners a highly visible endorsement of their success.  This is guaranteed to raise your credibility and marketplace profile.

Why should you nominate your business for a local business award?

To walk away with a win is a brilliant achievement with instant gratification but it’s not all about the win.  Nominees and finalists experience a host of benefits with short term and long term standing:

  • Nomination is a chance to showcase areas of distinction and highlight examples of innovation, creativity, leadership and positive impact. 
  • Nomination presents exceptional marketing and PR opportunities to increase brand awareness and your business profile.
  • Progressing as a finalist instantly improves credibility and authority to peers and prospective partners.
  • Recognition as an ‘Award Winning Business’ gives your business a distinct competitive advantage and will add gravitas to your promotional material.  
  • Participating provides unique opportunities to connect with and learn from like-minded nominees.  This valuable networking can help improve strategies and secure future opportunities for growth.
  • The application process provides a platform for business owners to reflect on business practices and improve future performance. 

What types of businesses are eligible to nominate?

The awards are open to all local businesses operating within the Peninsula Business Awards.  Whether you’re a sole trader in start up phase or a long standing SME with solutions worth shouting about, nominating your business will prove it’s worth participating.


Commonfolk coffee


The humble team at Commonfolk Coffee were awarded 2018 Peninsula Business of the Award. The company not only provided a great application but this was supported through the validations of their business model success, the pay it forward spirit and their business overall success. 

The team behind Commonfolk Coffee will be presenting at the Power Your Business Conference on 17 August 2018 where you will hear exactly why they took out the major award and how they have built a success model in a highly competitive marketplace. 

Gala Award Presentation Evening

The Awards season will culminate in the Gala Presenation Evening to be held in May 2018. 

For this upcoming year we have worked  on the formula to raise the bar even higher then the overwhelming success of 2018's must attend business night. 

Limited Pre-release tickets to go on sale from 1 April 2019.

All finalists offered priority ticket purchases from 21 January 2019.

Tickets open to public 1 May 2019.


The team behind the Peninsula Business Awards have ensured a comprehensive judging process, which is designed to be fair, transparent and independent the Mornington Peninsula region and holds extensive Award Judging experience.


Ian Ash is passionate about seeing businesses meet and exceed their expectations and focuses primarily on business strategy, organisational development and the people aspects of business.

Ian is an experienced coach and business advisor with over 25 years in executive management and senior management roles spanning a variety of industry sectors. He was a business award judge for the Cardinia Shire Business Awards in 2012 and 2013 and also a business award judge for the Casey Cardinia Business Awards in 2014-2017.


A passionate supporter of small business, Ailsa has acted as marketing and business coach in the Women in Business Program, Business Planning Assistance Program, Artists in Business Program and Skilling Small Business for the Future and as a Small Business Mentor and lecturer at Victoria University.

Recognised as an expert in her field, Ailsa has judged the Telstra Business Awards for 7 years and the Telstra Women’s Business Awards for three years.


Dereen is an accountant with a wealth of practical business experience. She is “Master of Business Administration” qualified; and is active within the local community, having served in varied roles. 

Dereen is presently an Honorary Community Advisory Committee Ambassador as well as the Chairperson of the "Partnering with Consumers Steering Committee" at Peninsula Health.

For many years, Dereen was involved in the conduct of the “Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Business Awards” and is passionate about our Peninsula and all it has to offer.


Transparency Officer (Non Voting Position)

Rhiannon Pilton

Rhiannon Pilton


Judging Awards Panel Facilitator.  (Non Voting Position)

Rhiannon Pilton brings more than 15 years business experience in a broad range of senior positions, Entrepreneurial success, Executive Board Memberships and Company Director of 10 years.

A proven executive leader, Rhiannon has delivered significant achievements in the areas of human resources, change management, governance, organisational culture, workplace safety and profitability. 


This information is collected by the Peninsula Business Awards. Personal information collected will be used for administrative and contact purposes, and will be provided to the judging committee for the purpose of judging your entry. Contact details are provided to partner sponsors only.

Personal information will not be used or disclosed for other purposes. You may access this information by contacting us. We cannot accept applications without contact information.

Entering the Awards is acknowledgement that you accept these terms & give permission for sponsors to contact you.

Please note that all panel judges and those on the awards administrative committee have been provided and completed all relevant documentation and confidentiality agreements to ensure best practice is adhered to you with your application. 




As part of our belief in paying it forward for the 2019 campaign, the Peninsula Business Awards will be donating on behalf of every application to the much needed Emergency Relief Fund for our communities most vulnerable. 

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