Business awards

Business awards

The best of the best

A city-based organisation that teaches children with hearing loss to listen and speak has claimed 3 top awards in the new Sydney City Business Awards.

The Shepherd Centre, which offers a variety of family-centred critical services at its head office in Newtown, scooped the Excellence in Business, Employer of Choice and the prestigious Business of the Year award at a gala ceremony in Sydney Town Hall on 23 July.

Clear leadership and vision have allowed the organisation to grow and expand in the past 2 years without losing their focus on the families who need them and the staff who work for them. The Shepherd Centre is recognised as a leader in its field, providing world-class services to families.

The new Sydney City Business Awards, judged and run by the NSW Business Chamber and sponsored by the City of Sydney, recognise business excellence across all areas including innovation, sustainability, export and ethics.

34 businesses across the City’s local area were shortlisted, competing to win one of 12 categories on the night.

The awards recognise businesses of all sizes with a special award for Excellence in Small Business presented personally by Lord Mayor Clover Moore to FIRESOFT Consulting, a specialist IT recruitment and executive consulting firm.

Based in central Sydney and serving clients Australia-wide, FIRESOFT director Erin Evans credits the company’s growth to “big plans tightly underpinned by a strong vision and a set of values the whole team is passionate about”.

All the Sydney City award winners will now go on to compete in the state-wide finals of the NSW Business Chamber Awards in November, where the City will sponsor the Excellence in Small Business category.

The City congratulates the incredible achievements of all the finalists and the many small to medium-size businesses in our area that play an important role in the local economy.

2015 Sydney City winners

Business Leader – Brigid Kennedy, managing director of catering and events space, Simmer on the Bay, in Walsh Bay.

Employer of ChoiceThe Shepherd Centre

Excellence in BusinessThe Shepherd Centre

Excellence in Business Ethics – Newtown-based boutique research agency D&M Research.

Excellence in Export – The Australian Institute of Professional Education, an on-site and online e-learning vocational course for Australian and international students based in central Sydney.

Excellence in InnovationGlebe Family Medical Practice
Excellence in Small BusinessFIRESOFT Consulting

Excellence in Sustainability – complete conference solutions venue, SMC Conference and Function Centre

Local Chamber of CommerceGlebe Chamber of Commerce

Young Business Executive – Daniel Moss, co-founder and managing director of Vertical Financial Solutions, an independent advisory firm specialising in wealth management.

Young Entrepreneur – Kris Spann, building and projects manager of The Works, a multi-level warehouse space in Glebe offering co-working, studio, accommodation, classroom and retail space for creative practitioners to design, make and exhibit their works.

Sydney City Business of the YearThe Shepherd Centre

Top image: Lord Mayor Clover Moore with Excellence in Small Business winner Erin Evans from FIRESOFT Consulting and NSW Business Chamber Chief Executive Stephen Cartwright


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Last updated: Friday, 24 July 2015