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Business awards

Young Sydney trainer takes out top title

An inner-city personal trainer has proved himself a business heavyweight, beating contenders from across the state to take out the Young Entrepreneur of the Year title at the 2014 NSW Business Chamber Business Awards.

Dean Williams (pictured below), 24, opened his Vision Personal Training Darlinghurst studio in 2012 and quickly established a successful enterprise, reaching an impressive $1 million-plus turnover within its first year. He puts his success down to delivering a personalised service and achieving results for his clients.

Dean Williams

"Sydneysiders are embracing a healthier lifestyle. Local businesses and the City are supporting this with great facilities and beautiful parks to workout in. It’s fantastic to see that all contributing to our everyday life," Dean said, who also lives in Darlinghurst.

Dean was presented his award at a dazzling ceremony held at Darling Harbour’s Dockside Pavilion on Friday 28 November. 

Another city-based organisation to be awarded top state honours at the industry night was South Sydney Business Chamber, which impressively has now been voted best Local Chamber of Commerce 4 times.

The chamber was applauded for developing several initiatives focusing on growth and sustainability, including Green Square Markets, Shopfront Showcase and the Redfern Festival. 

Chamber Treasurer Karen Levin said the organisation "worked hard to establish an informed and engaged business environment for local enterprises and industries in 2 major village precincts, Green Square and Redfern-Waterloo."

This year the City sponsored the Excellence in Small Business category, and one of these businesses took out the overall Business of the Year award. Winner Superair Australia is a 50-year-old Armidale-based company specialising in aerial fertilising and aircraft maintenance. Councillor Jenny Green was on hand to present the City-sponsored award.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore had the honour of welcoming all to the event, which was attended by the state’s top political leaders and more than 1000 business representatives. She was delighted to be part of an event that showcases the talents and expertise of Sydney’s businesses.

"We have a huge range of innovative thinkers who are delivering exciting new products and services for inner Sydney and beyond. These businesses have demonstrated the strategies and processes needed to achieve sustainable growth and they should all be applauded," the Lord Mayor said.

Last updated: Tuesday, 2 December 2014