The 2021 IMB Bank Illawarra Business Awards were celebrated at an exclusive, black-tie gala event at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong.
This year's special 'Blooming in Business' awards ceremony recognised the inspiring businesses who found new and innovative opportunities to flourish, despite the challenges of the global pandemic and related lockdowns.
"Our winners are an exceptional group of businesses and individuals who all have their own unique stories to tell. With a record number of entrants and a very high standard of applications, our esteemed independent judging panel had a very difficult job this year," said Business Illawarra executive director, Adam Zarth.
"It has been more important than ever for all of us to share and celebrate stories of businesses excellence in these difficult times - that we hope are now finally behind us.
"Business Illawarra has been privileged to serve the business community of the Illawarra through an exceptionally challenging couple of years, and it has been nothing short of a privilege to showcase our award winners in this, the 27th year of celebrating excellence."
The Port Authority of NSW was named the winner of the 2021 IMB Bank Illawarra Business of the Year and won the category of Excellence in Business.
Their operations at Port Kembla connect the Illawarra's industries with the world, driving our economy, supporting local businesses and delivering prosperity to the Illawarra region and NSW.
The winners are:
- IMB Bank Business of the Year - Port Authority of NSW
- Excellence in Business - Port Authority of NSW
- Excellence in Customer Service - All Care Health Services Group
- Excellence in Import & Export - Easy Agile
- Excellence in Innovation - Business Valuations Online
- Excellence in Micro Business - Tiny Tins
- Excellence in Small Business - His Boy Elroy
- Excellence in Sustainability - Green Connect
- Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality - Cupitt's Estate (joint winner) Silos Estate (joint winner)
- Excellence in Workplace Culture - Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra (joint winner) Warrigal (joint winner)
- Outstanding Business Leader - Michele Adair, Housing Trust
- Outstanding Community Organisation - Warrigal
- Outstanding Employee - Susan Finn, Burnetts on Barney
- Outstanding Start-up - Wollongong Foot and Ankle Centre
- Outstanding Young Business Leader - Kylie Flament, Green Connect
Congratulations to all the 2021 award winners.