2017 IMB Bank Illawarra Business Awards: Recognising achievements

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Awards: Illawarra Business Chamber executive director Chris Lamont, IMB Bank chief executive Robert Ryan and Wollongong Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery. Picture: Greg Ellis.

Awards: Illawarra Business Chamber executive director Chris Lamont, IMB Bank chief executive Robert Ryan and Wollongong Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery. Picture: Greg Ellis.

The Illawarra Business Chamber called on businesses and organisations throughout the region to nominate for recognition at the 2017 IMB Bank Illawarra Business Awards, that have run for more than 20 years.

Chamber executive director Chris Lamont said there are new categories this year that recognise the continued transformation of the Illawarra economy and enormous talent in the region.

The Chamber prepares to showcase the best in the region at a ceremony with a ‘Diamonds are Forever’ theme on Friday October 20.

Mr Lamont said that reflected the Chamber’s quest to recognise and celebrate the hidden and not so hidden gems in the business community.

The new categories are in the areas of social enterprise, tourism, retail and hospitality.

A new element in 2017 will be a three-course menu designed and overseen by food ambassador Geoff Jansz who is using local produce. He is also likely to get the audience involved in some active participation.

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There are 17 award categories in 2017 and winners of 12 of the NSW aligned categories will get statewide recognition as finalists in the NSW Business Chamber Awards.

There were no Wollongong City Centre Retail Awards this year but Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said he was pleased to see retail being highlighted as part of the annual Illawarra Business Awards.

IMB Bank CEO Mr Ryan.

IMB Bank CEO Mr Ryan.

“Illawarra First and the Council is recognising just what a unique contribution business and retail play in our city and local economy,” Cr Bradbery said.

Wollongong City Council has thrown its support behind the Illawarra Business Awards, with a new dedicated category for Wollongong City Centre businesses.

The new category, the Wollongong City Centre Business Excellence Award, will be open to all businesses in the City Centre and joins the 16 other categories.

Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said, “This is an exciting move as it recognises what the City Centre has to offer and its status within the Illawarra Region.”

Wollongong Central are proud to be the main sponsor for the Excellence in Retail & Hospitality award category, celebrating exceptional customer service and a high quality experience. With an ongoing partnership with the IBC as an Illawarra First Member, Wollongong Central values the business opportunities that this relationship develops.

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