On Friday night I had the pleasure of opening the NSW Business Chamber's 2014 State Business Awards in Darling Harbour.
Eleven businesses operating in the City - seven companies, two local chambers, one training college and a museum - were in the running for top honours having won their respective categories at the South East Regional awards in July.
Two of our nominees took home state awards. Personal trainer Dean Williams (pictured) beat contenders from across the state to take out the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and South Sydney Business Chamber was voted best Local Chamber of Commerce.
Dean, 24, opened his Vision Personal Training Darlinghurst studio in 2012 and quickly established a successful enterprise, reaching an impressive $1 million-plus turnover within its first year. He puts his success down to delivering a personalised service and achieving results for his clients.
The South Sydney Business Chamber was applauded for developing several initiatives focusing on growth and sustainability, including Green Square Markets, Shopfront Showcase and the Redfern Festival.
I'd like to congratulate all our finalists. They are drawn from a very talented pool of businesses operating in our area and the Business Awards help us promote their talents and capabilities on the state-wide stage.
Business is thriving in 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.
All our businesses - small, medium and large - are crucial to Sydney's liveability and prosperity and I'm proud to work with the Business Chamber to celebrate their success.
City of Sydney State Finalists:
- The Recruitment Alternative, Redfern (joint winner with Gallop Solutions Leichhardt)
- The Australian Museum, CBD (Excellence in Sustainability)
- Vision Personal Training, Darlinghurst (Young Entrepreneur Dean Williams);
- Opal Minded, The Rocks (Business Leader Renata Bernard, joint winner with Mark Bishop, Ocular Robotics, Hurstville);
- Suzy Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher, Newtown (Excellence in Innovation);
- Redback Conferencing, Sydney (Employer of Choice);
- Australian Doula College, Rosebery (Excellence in Business Ethics);
- AccessEAP, Sydney (Excellence in Business);
- Plum, Rosebery (Excellence in Export); and
- Newtown Precinct Business Association and South Sydney Business Chamber (joint winners Local Chamber of Commerce).