Thirty-six businesses and business people have been announced as winners in the 2019 Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) Industry Awards, with the premier prize dedicated to the Victorian automotive industry.
Caltex Star Mart in Albert Park, Melbourne, emerged the winner for the best service station and convenience store.
Categories for the awards included mechanical repair; auto electrical; recycling; body repair; engine reconditioning; farm machinery; heavy vehicle repair; new and used car, motorcycle and commercial vehicle dealers; service station and convenience stores; aftermarket and retail; towing; and tyre dealers.
Best Business Woman in Automotive and Young Entrepreneur of the Year were also added as new categories.
List of winners
A list of the winners can be accessed here.
Eight judges evaluated entries based on business management, workplace practices, customer service and marketing and communication.
To ensure impartiality concerning the VACC’s more than 5,500 members, an independent standards representative audited the judging.
Instituted in 2016 by VACC, the awards are recognised as the highest honour a Victorian automotive business can achieve.
Category winners were announced at a black tie gala evening, featuring Master of Ceremonies Larry Emdur, on Saturday June 22 at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne.
VACC CEO Geoff Gwilym says the awards demonstrate its members’ commitment to quality and customer service.
“It is a huge accolade to be named the best in Victoria and these businesses have all proved themselves worthy of that title,” Mr Gwilym said.
“The VACC Industry Awards have been very well supported this year, proving that they are valued by industry and recognised by consumers.”