Last night the Westin was packed with hundreds of Local Businesses of the City of Sydney to celebrate the Business Awards ceremony. The night was hosted by Sunrise and Business Builder’s host David Koch, and entertainment by hilarious comedienne Julia Morris went down a treat. It was great to see such a diverse range of businesses, and business owners and the influx of “GenY” nominees this year shows that the future of the City’s Business Landscape is in safe hands.
The two big winners of the night were Climate Friendly for Business of the Year, and Glebe Medical Centre for Small Business of the Year – who were both also given cheques of $5000 and $4000 respectively by the City in addition to the prizes on offer.
Here is the full list of Category Winners for the Night:
Bicycle Business Award – Bikewise
Small Bars Award – Pocket Group
Community & Social Services Award – The Factory Community Centre
Cultural & Creative Services Award – The Distillery
Environmental Business Award – Climate Friendly
Accommodation Award – Cambridge Hotel Sydney
Tourism Award – Spencer Travel
Healthcare & Fitness Award – Glebe Medical Centre
Education & Training Award – Business Chicks
Marketing & Communications Award – QuantumLinx Pty Ltd
Retail Fashion Award – Deseo Bridal & Evening Shoes
Retail Beauty Award – Kevin McKenzie Hair London
Professional, Business & Financial Services Award – Martin Property
Online Business Award – Appliances Online
Information & Communication Technology Award – Quinticon
Food & Beverage Retail Award – Republica Coffee
Speciality Retail Award – David Jones Electricians
Household & General Retail Award – TopBuy.com.au
Restaurants Award – Mizuya Japanese Restaurant and Karaoke
Cafes Award – cafeDOV
Takeaway Food & Catering Award – WOWCOW
Pubs, Hotels & Nightclubs Award – Martin Place Bar
ANZ Super Regional Award – Climate Friendly
Energy Australia Sustainability Award – Martin Property
Hayes Knight Entrepreneurs Award – Real Learning
A bit more about the Overall Winner Climate Friendly
A pioneering business that helps households and businesses do their part to combat climate change has won the prestigious City of Sydney Business of the Year Award for 2012.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore congratulated Climate Friendly and said the Business of the Year Award was recognition of the high standard of work as well as the innovation and dedication of staff.
“The annual City of Sydney Business Awards recognise the best in local business,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Over five years they have grown to become a major event for small and medium-sized businesses in our city.
“Climate Friendly has become a market leader in their sector by engaging the community and helping a wide range of homes and business to do something about climate change. Despite challenging economic times, this business has managed solid growth.
The Business Awards judging panel praised Climate Friendly, based in Woolloomooloo, for making it easy for people from all walks of life to act on climate change by using simple online calculators and offering tips to become more energy efficient in everyday life.
The City’s 2012 Business Awards are the biggest yet with a record 883 businesses nominated and 60,000 Sydneysiders casting a vote.
This year, for the first time, winners will receive a cash prize from the City of Sydney, with $5,000 going to the overall Business of the Year and $4,000 to the Small Business of the Year.
Winners were judged by an independent panel made up of experts from government, academic institutes and the business community. This year’s panel included Greg Hayes of Hayes Knight, Starfish Consulting’s Kate Groom, and Paul Wallbank from Netsmarts.
All finalists are required to submit detailed business plans and are judged on criteria including industry innovation, community participation, strategic planning and environmental sustainability planning.
Climate Friendly offers a range of local and international carbon offsets and has also:
- Launched a Climate Friendly Business Starter Kit for small business;
- Developed Mainstreaming Green, a community of like-minded businesses with chef and restaurant owner Kylie Kwong and the Body Shop as ambassadors;
- Developed a renewable energy certification program with WWF called GoldPower; and
- Launched Flight Portal, a fully automated offset and reporting tool for business travel.
Climate Friendly’s client list includes; Qantas, News Ltd, the Green Building Council of Australia and world footballing body UEFA.
The company says their projects have saved over 2 million tonnes of greenhouse gases: the equivalent of removing over 530 cars off the road.
“We thank the judges and the City of Sydney for this award which recognises our efforts to make it easy for all of us, at home and at work, to take action on climate change,” said Freddy Sharpe, CEO of Climate Friendly.
“We are proud to be part of the move toward a global clean energy future and to be in Sydney, which is leading the way in Australia on taking action on climate change.”
During the past year, Climate Friendly has established an Asian presence and are looking to expand with a European office.
“We aspire to be at the heart of the global conversation about sustainability,” Mr Sharpe said. The major awards announced last night include:
- Business of the Year winner Climate Friendly. Runners-up in this category are Bikewise and Spencer Travel;
- Small Business of the Year winner Glebe Medical Centre. Runners-up in this category are Café DOV and WOWCOW;
- EnergyAustralia Sustainability Award winner real estate agency MARTIN;
- ANZ Super Regional Award winner Climate Friendly; and
- Hayes Knight Entrepreneurs Award winner Real Learning.
“I congratulate all the finalists in this year’s Business Awards. Their success comes from a huge amount of hard work and dedication,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
The Awards are supported by major sponsors ANZ and Google Apps for Business, and sponsors EnergyAustralia, Hayes Knight Accountancy, TAFE NSW Sydney Institute, QuickClips and Central Magazine.