The Illawarra Business Chamber understands the importance of celebrating business success and providing businesses with practical support and assistance at a time of unprecedented change. Improved and more targeted representation and advocacy for key regional and business issues is at the heart of this support.
Advocacy is supplemented by practical support, which last year assisted more than 30,000 clients who received support ranging from advice on industrial relations issues, to business planning, marketing, business coaching, international trade support and information on how to improve online and social media profiles.
Providing more young jobseekers with advice and support to secure employment is also key focus for the Chamber who now has responsibility for coordinating the Illawarra Youth Employment Strategy (IllawarraYES).
The strategy aims to improve connections between employers, providers of training, employment assistance programs and young jobseekers to deliver improved youth employment outcomes.
In the area of regional development, the Chamber through Illawarra First is advancing measures that will provide long-term benefits for the region.
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These measures include improving transport connectivity, securing new industry and employment opportunities, growing tourism and business events, government decentralisation and investment in emerging industries as well as more opportunities in the areas of education, research and health care.
Illawarra Business Leader of the Year for 2016 in last year’s awards was chief executive Roy Rogers of The Flagstaff Group, that provides meaningful employment, skills and training to over 275 people with a disability.
“The leadership award is reflective of the team that I am supported by,” he said. “It’s also recognition of Flagstaff’s employees, staff and the board’s hard work and motivation to make a difference and committed to unlocking the potential of people with disability to reach their goals.”
Last year Peoplecare was among the big winners at the 2016 IMB Bank Illawarra Business Awards.
The Illawarra-based national health fund was named 2016 IMB Bank Illawarra Business of the Year and picked up three other awards.
The Young Business Leader Award went to Eliza De Paoli, of NowChem and the Young Entrepreneur Award was presented to Adam Murphy of Humber, Heyday and MCT Solutions.
Fibre Optics Design and Construct took out the Excellence in Innovation Award and SuCo Supervised Contact Services was named Outstanding New Illawarra Business.
Who will win this year in the keenly contested awards?