Business awards

This year's winners and exciting changes for 2017

Nine inner city businesses took out a gong at the Sydney City Regional Business Awards on 21 July, qualifying for the state finals of the NSW Business Chamber Business Awards in November 2016.

A record 40 local businesses were shortlisted for awards across all categories. The program recognises business excellence in areas including innovation, leadership, sustainability, export and ethics.

It’s not too early to start thinking about a nomination for next year. The awards are an invaluable opportunity for businesses to obtain public recognition, explore new avenues for growth, network with other like minds in the business community, boost staff morale and potentially, be profiled by the City of Sydney.

From next year, the City will be the principal partner of the NSW Business Chamber’s program for the Sydney City Region. This means the City of Sydney Business Awards will now be open to all local businesses, with less red tape to get through to enter. Your business will no longer have to become a member of the NSW Business Chamber, unless you move on to the state finals.

Alex Riggs’ inner west company, Oobi Baby and Kids, took out the overall Business of the Year awards in the City of Sydney Business Awards in 2011.

“Winning the awards gave us a lot of cachet and now that we’re preparing for the trade shows in New York, it’s a point of difference that gives the business some gravitas,” Alex says.

“People are nervous about purchasing from an unknown quantity, but having that weight of an award win behind you gives people more confidence – it demonstrates that you’re a solid and successful business that has received the acknowledgement of its peers. It really adds credibility,” she says.

NSW Business Chamber

The City has been supporting businesses through awards programs since 2004. Recognising the unique economic importance of our area, we have developed a 10 year strategy to strengthen the economy and support business. This includes free Business 101 seminars, business improvement grants and business events sponsorships. 

The City wishes to congratulate our 2016 award winners.

2016 award winners 

The winners will go on to the state finals of the NSW Business Chamber awards in November 2016.


For further details, please contact:

Tina Lonergan
02 9265 9598

Last updated: Tuesday, 11 October 2016