Bigger, more efficient search for the best ideas in town

NUMERICAL Suggestion Box Suggests it is set to search for other best Ballarat ideas.

Last year, the locally created platform collected hundreds of positive and constructive suggestions from community members, also known as “gurus”, on their visions for improving and engaging local businesses and organizations, or involve them in an innovative project.

Three groups have been awarded $500 to bring winning ideas from the public to life, judged by city economic and business experts, and Suggest it’s co-founders Ben Wearne and Nick Clare are ready to start all over again in a bigger and better way. better in 2022.

From the busy period of the Begonia Festival until the long Easter weekend, they encourage residents and visitors, especially young people, to share their concrete and innovative ideas to further improve businesses, organizations and the commercial community at wider.

“The entire campaign is supported by our digital suggestion box platform, which at any time of the year anyone can come up with an idea for any local business or organization, and which is sent privately,” Clare said.

“We will have many QR codes popping up all over the city over the next few weeks, so there will be plenty of opportunities for people to grab them.

“They can go to the Suggest it website, find Ballarat’s Best Idea page, and quickly and easily submit an idea they pitched to enter the 2022 competition.”

To implement the initiative, Suggest it is working with the City of Ballarat, Commerce Ballarat, Ballarat Board, Runway, Federation University and Ballarat Regional Tourism.

With Crazy Ideas College on board the judging team this year, Suggest it aims to engage more young, energetic and thoughtful Ballarat in the competition this time around.

Prizes include a weekend or getaway to Ballarat, an Apple Watch and a Trek bike.

Throughout the competition, the suggestion platform also aims to collect visitors’ “mood” and micro-ideas for businesses such as cafes, hotels, retail stores and events.

“We will pass this information on to our partners at a macro level and showcase what Ballarat visitors are asking for and what their insights are,” Clare said.

At the end of Ballarat’s Best Ideas 2021, Plate Up Ballarat was supported to publish a cookbook showcasing the city’s hotspots and top chefs’ dishes.

1816 Bakehouse was commissioned to develop a weekly bread subscription and delivery service, while Haymes Paint Shop was to play the leading role in a Paint the City campaign, refreshing the historic facades of Sturt Street.

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