A Darlinghurst digital agency, Murmur, has taken out the inaugural Excellence in Micro Business award as well as Regional Business of the Year at this year’s Sydney City Regional Business Awards.
The husband-and-wife-run marketing and advertising agency was founded by Dave and Marija Levett in 2016 when the couple moved back to Sydney after a sojourn working in London for several years.
“We started the business with a laptop in the bedroom of my family home in Dural and the next-door café that had great wifi and decent coffee. I got two clients in the first two weeks of being back in Sydney and that put us on the journey we’re on today,” Levett said.
Murmur now employs three staff and works with over 70 clients both locally and overseas. The business focuses on devising marketing strategies, managing digital media and creating advertising campaigns.
“Working and living in Sydney has been incredibly rewarding and provided a lot of freedom, but along with that comes long hours that no one sees, including late nights and working through the weekends,” says Dave.
“For our business, being recognised at these awards really helps build our credibility and tells us we’re on the right track and doing exceptional work.
Dave says the award wins are a great morale boost for both staff and the business and will assist the agency to attract new clients.
“Being able to say that you’ve been recognised as a winner really helps build a lot of PR, and is a great message for new business pitches,” he said.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City was proud to support local businesses and provide new opportunities for micro-enterprises.
“Sydney’s small, and extra small, businesses give character and life to our city streets and our local villages,” the Lord Mayor said.
“I am honoured to celebrate our homegrown businesses at this year’s awards ceremony, including our new awards category recognising ‘micro-businesses’ with less than five employees.
“Micro, small and medium businesses are the powerhouse of our local economy, representing 85 per cent of all businesses in our area and contributing around $20 billion to the economy.
NSW Chamber Board Director, Judith Field, said the awards are a great opportunity to celebrate and showcase their success.
“This program highlights the dedication and hard work of many business owners and their employees who are providing the great products and services that are helping strengthen the economy,” Field said.
See a complete list of winners below:
Excellence in Small Business – SalDoce Fine Foods
Excellence in Micro Business – Murmur
Excellence in Business – Bitton
Outstanding Young Employee – Matthew Millar, Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust
Outstanding Young Entrepreneur – Amy Kate Travers, Amy Kate
Outstanding Business Leader – Corinne Bot, Polyglot Group
Excellence in Social Enterprise – The Freedom Hub
Start Up Superstar – SustainHealth Recruitment
Excellence in Innovation – CancerAid
Excellence in Export – Australian Institute of Company Directors
Outstanding Employer of Choice – Finstro
Regional Business of the Year – Murmur
The Sydney City Regional Business Award winners will progress as finalists to the NSW Business Chamber State Business Awards, held on Friday 22 November