Judging of the Cumberland Local Business Awards has begun.
THE Cumberland community has thrown its support behind its local businesses with thousands of nominations received for this year's Cumberland Local Business Awards.
Nominations for the awards have closed and counting is underway to determine this year's finalists.
Precedent Productions Managing Director and Awards founder Steve Loe said Cumberland residents had taken particular advantage of the opportunity to lodge nominations via the Awards' website.
Online nominations have become popular this year with more customers selecting this method, rather than posting a printed coupon.
"Coupled with the printed coupons, we were inundated with thousands of nominations," he said.
"The Cumberland community is close-knit and parochial in the very best sense of the word as they support each other and celebrate everyone's achievements.
"That's just one of the many reasons why so many people choose to live, work and operate businesses in the area."
The Precedent Productions team have already started to review the nominations, find the most popular nominees in each business category and notify those who are chosen as finalists.
The Awards' anonymous judges will then visit each finalist to assess their services from a customer's point of view.
Judging criteria include range of products, value for money, business and staff appearance, service quality and customer relations.
Finalists also get a chance to promote themselves to the judges by submitting information that an anonymous visitor may not see, such as customer testimonials and references.
None of this would be possible without the support of this year's platinum sponsor Cumberland Council with major sponsors Wenty Leagues Club, Stockland Merrylands and Primewest Auburn Megamall and support sponsors Dooleys Catholic Club Lidcombe, Lidcombe Centre and the Merrylands Chamber of Commerce.
The outstanding local businesses will be announced at the Cumberland Local Business Awards presentation evening on Tuesday, May 29. The event will be held at Wenty Leagues, and will be a great networking opportunity for all involved.
For more info, call 8577 5060 or visit thebusinessawards.com.