At the end of last week we announced the finalists in the City's new Business Awards. Our 34 finalists will now compete for the chance to win one of 12 awards.
It is great to see so many innovative and successful businesses shortlisted for the awards. We are spoilt for choice when it comes to outstanding business achievement in central Sydney.
In the past five years alone, more than 50,000 new jobs have been created across the LGA and 2,000 new businesses have opened, representing almost 40 per cent of all jobs growth in metropolitan Sydney.
The awards shortlist reflects the large number of new businesses and entrepreneurs that have sprung up in the City's local government area, but there are also a number of long-established businesses nominated.
A large number of the shortlisted businesses come from the creative industry. Creative sector businesses had a 9 per cent share of the City's economy in 2012 and the current growth rate of 3.4 per cent makes the creative industry our fastest growing sector, which is expected to account for $14.9 billion by 2030.
Another notable trend among the nominees is the number of healthcare-related businesses: from local GP practices, dentists and opticians, to a specialist service for children with hearing loss. The health and social care industry is the biggest employer in Australia.
All our businesses - small, medium and large - are crucial to Sydney's liveability and prosperity and I'm proud to work with the NSW Business Chamber to celebrate their success. Sponsoring these new awards is just one of the many ways the City supports business in our area.
The winners will be announced at a NSW Business Chamber ceremony in Sydney Town Hall on 23 July.
Read more about the Business Awards and see the full list of finalists here: www.businessannualawards.com.au.