For the first time, micro businesses will be eligible for recognition in the Sydney City Business Awards. Nominations are now open for businesses across a range of categories. The awards are held in conjunction with the CIty of Sydney and NSW Business Chamber and recognise business excellence.
The new ‘excellence in micro business’ category will honour businesses with less than five employees that have achieved significant growth in the last financial year.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City was proud to support local businesses and provide new opportunities for microenterprises to be recognised.
“These awards celebrate our local businesses’ outstanding achievements, including the new category to promote micro outfits that are helping create a diverse and vibrant economy,” the Lord Mayor said.
Moore said small businesses are the powerhouse of our local economy, representing 85 per cent of all businesses in the City of Sydney area and contributing nearly $20 billion to the economy.
“I encourage city businesses to get involved in this year’s NSW Business Chamber Business Awards program as a fantastic chance to build networks and explore new business opportunities.”
NSW Business Chamber CEO, Stephen Cartwright, said the annual business awards recognise and showcase business excellence within NSW.
“The program highlights the dedication and hard work of many business owners and their employees who are providing a product or service and strengthening the economy,” Cartwright said.
Cartwright hopes the creation of the new micro business award will encourage more small business owners to compete.
“Adding the Excellence in Micro Business category has created a category for smaller businesses to enter without the intimidation of thinking they may not have a shot against businesses with up to 20 employees.”
Small business owner and past award winner, Greg Welsh, who founded Winya in 2015 with Deb Barwick, the head of the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce NSW, said the award wins proved a springboard for expansion.
“As a small business, being recognised by winning these prestigious awards has helped broaden our reach, build our presence and create a positive industry buzz,”
Welsh urged small business owners to take part. “Whatever the outcome, it can only be a positive step for your business, your brand and your community.”
The annual awards recognise and celebrate businesses across the Sydney local government area, with the winners going on to compete in the NSW awards in November.
Entries close June 17, 2019. See cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/business-awards for Sydney City region business award category details and how to enter.