IBC executive director Adam Zarth said, “It’s another year of significant development and diversification in the region’s business community.” In 2018 there are 68 finalists in 17 award categories (sponsored by in brackets).
A new category of Excellence in Workplace InclusionAdam Zarth, executive director, IBC
Employer of Choice (Care Super) – Andrew Webb Family & Business Accounting, Dapto Leagues Club, Hotondo South Coast, Itree and Novotel Wollongong Northbeach.
Excellence in Business (University of Wollongong) – IOH Injury & Occupational Health, Nowra Farmers Market, Workways Australia.
Excellence in Customer Service (Peoplecare) – Aceit Sportswear, Doreen Brown Consulting, Fibre Optics Design and Construct, IOH Injury & Occupational Health, IT&T, PhysioHealth and Sports Injury Clinic, Stellar Asia Pacific and Symbio Wildlife Park.
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Excellence in Export (NSW Ports) – Aceit Sportswear and Internetrix.
Excellence in Innovation (Wollongong City Council) – Hyperbuild, Itree, Natalie Allan Consulting and Warrigal.
Excellence in Retail & Hospitality (Wollongong Central by The GPT Group) – The Square and Uncle Joe’s Brew.
Excellence in Small Business (NSW Dept of Industry) – Aceit Sportswear, Boab Services, Fibre Optics Design and Construct, FinoComp, Highlands GeoExchange, My Travel Expert and PhysioHealth and Sports Injury Clinic.
Excellence in Social Enterprise (Hutchinson Builders) – Green Connect Illawarra.
Excellence in Sustainability (Konekt) – Cupitt’s, Dapto Leagues Club, Switched on Mechanical and Symbio Wildlife Park.
Excellence in Tourism (WIN Network) – Cupitt’s, Destination Southern Highlands, Novotel Wollongong Northbeach and WIN Sports & Entertainment Centre.
Excellence in Workplace Inclusion (IRT Foundation) – Greenacres Disability Services, Kimberlie & Co Cleaning, The Flagstaff Group and Uniting NSW.
Outstanding Business Leader (Access Law Group) – Diana Foye, of Foye Legal, Kylie Moffitt, of PhysioHealth and Sports Injury Clinic, Michael McKeogh, of Fibre Optics Design and Construct, and Terry Rayner of ANZ Mortgage Solutions South Coast & Southern Highlands.
Outstanding Young Employee (Dapto Leagues Club) – Andrew Jackson of Itree, Elise Gooda of Think Tank Business Services, Joseph Felice of Crooked River Wines & Uncle Joe’s Brew, Madeline Cross of GPT Wollongong Central and Matt George of Jamberoo Action Park.
Outstanding Young Entrepreneur (BlueScope) – Dale Berry of Peak Fitness Huskisson, Michael Collins of Strategic Development Group and Sarah Nolen of BirdBlack Design.
Start Up Superstar (Illawarra Mercury) – Headlands Hotel, m2 kitchen, molenaar + mcneice, Property Risk Australia and Sonder Youth.
Wollongong City Centre Business Excellence (Wollongong City Council) – Accelo, Breakout Bar & Escape Rooms and IT&T.
Local Chamber of Commerce (TAFE NSW) – Corrimal Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Kiama & District Business Chamber.