AT A time when local businesses have had to show great innovation to even survive, Bass Coast Shire Council has cancelled the 2020 Bass Coast Business Awards.

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, said the difficult decision was in line with the cancellation or postponement of other key awards programs across the state.

The awards have been running since 2008 and have become a key feature on council’s annual business calendar.

“While the need to celebrate the exceptional businesses that operate in Bass Coast has not diminished, the health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance,” Cr Tessari said.

“The uncertain operating environment many businesses are currently in, means the focus of business has changed.

Cr Tessari said council would continue to develop initiatives to support local businesses in these challenging times.

In place of the awards, council’s business support team will develop a program of business events, training and marketing opportunities to help businesses get back on track following the Coronavirus pandemic.

This program will be launched later in the year.

For more information on the support available for businesses, contact Council’s Business Support Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or email business.support@basscoast.vic.gov.au.