The Illawarra Business Awards celebrate and recognise excellence in business leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, sustainability, business growth and employment practices across the Illawarra.
Now in its 24th year, the Awards attracts attendance of SME business owners, senior executives from the private sector as well as local Government representatives.
The Illawarra Awards are part of The NSW Business Chamber that recognises success at a local, regional and state level through their Chamber Alliance Partner Program and their award programs.
“The NSW Business Chamber’s Business Awards celebrates business excellence in NSW by recognising and rewarding outstanding businesses whose passion, determination, innovation and success inspire other businesses and business people,” CEO Stephen Cartwright of the NSW Business Chamber said.
“Over 12 months, across 16 geographic regions, we showcase the success stories of our members, helping to strengthen business in NSW through the sharing of success stories and lessons learned from our finalists and winners.
“Each year I am proud to see the excellent quality of entrants into the awards program and am amazed at the leadership and drive demonstrated by our members.
“With the addition of a new category in 2018, the Business Awards provide a fantastic insight into the amazing businesses that drive the NSW economy and challenge boundaries to shape the state’s future.”
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A new category at this year’s Awards is the Excellence in Workplace Inclusion. It is always exciting when a new category is added and there is much anticipation who will win this new award.
This award recognises businesses that address the needs of a diverse community, including seniors, people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, and people with disability.
This means that an inclusive business needs to facilitate the needs of all its employees and customers.
It also means that the 2018 IMB Bank Illawarra Business Awards are inclusive of everyone that is involved in business.
It is fitting that the IRT Foundation is sponsoring this new category.
Many thanks to the sponsors of the 2018 Awards, as without them the evening and Awards ceremony would not be possible.
Principal sponsors are the Illawarra Business Chamber and the IMB Bank; category sponsors Peoplecare, Wollongong City Council, Wollongong Central (The GPT Group), Care Super, Dapto Leagues Club, NSW Tafe Illawarra, WIN Network, Konekt, Hutchinson Builders, BlueScope, NSW Ports, NSW Dept. of Industry, IRT Foundation, Access Law Group, Illawarra Mercury and the University of Wollongong.
Supporting partners are Greencap, Bendigo Bank, GJ Gardner Homes, Personnel Group, Symbio Wildlife Park, Novotel Northbeach Wollongong, Kells The Lawyers, CareSouth, Itree, Kiama Municipal Council and Telstra Business Centre Wollongong. Visual graphics partner is Rockshelf Productions.