2009 City of Sydney Business Awards Winners Announced
22 October 2009
The winners of the 2009 City of Sydney Business Awards including the Business of the Year, Kitcheners ® Kitchens, have been announced at a gala event hosted by David Koch at the Sheraton on the Park Hotel last night.
Despite the global economic downturn, the 2009 annual City of Sydney Business Awards smashed all previous records with nearly 600 businesses nominated (double the number from 2008) and 34,900 votes from the public (triple the number last year).
Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said that all the businesses that were nominated, all the finalists as well as all the winners, formed a part of the vital heartbeat of economic activity in Sydney.
"I want to congratulate all the winners, but especially Kitcheners ® Kitchens for taking out Business of the Year. Kitcheners ® Kitchens has achieved excellent growth over the last 3 years with an innovative business model, and have also demonstrated a commitment to the community and environment," Ms Moore said.
"The Museum of Contemporary Art, the winner of the Lord Mayor's Sustainability Award, has shown great leadership in sustainable business practices. The Museum of Contemporary Art has demonstrated innovation and leadership in green building design for their new extension, and in their pioneering use of solutions such as sea water exchange."
"In addition, Republica Coffee, the winner of the inaugural Fair Trade Award, has demonstrated a commitment to the fair trade principles of tackling poverty with suppliers, promotion and marketing of fair trade ideals and business practice ethics."
"Small and medium sized business in the City of Sydney local government area accounts for a staggering 12.5% of State GDP and nearly 5% of Australian national GDP. We have more than 20,000 small and medium businesses operating and the City's Business Awards show our commitment to supporting them to become successful and sustainable enterprises. Importantly, the awards also acknowledge business leadership in sustainability, fair trade and social responsibility, and encourage good corporate citizenship and corporate responsibility."
Nominations and voting opened July 3. Votes were cast by the general public on-line or via SMS. The top five vote-getters in each category qualified as finalists, with the eventual winners in each category being decided by a judging panel made up of leading businessmen.
The Awards were produced with the support of ANZ, the Principal Sponsor, major sponsors EnergyAustralia and Defence Reserve Support , and sponsors, Hayes Knight, QuickBooks, YellowPages, TAFE NSW Sydney Institute, Central Magazine and the Department of State and Regional Development.
BUSINESS NAME CATEGORY
Quest Potts Point Accommodation - Luxury, Deluxe &
Ibis Sydney King Street Wharf Accommodation - Standard & Budget
MISSCHU Cafes (casual dining)
Birrung Gallery World Vision Australia Charity
Museum of Contemporary Art Cultural & Creative Services
Best Buddies Australia Disability Inclusiveness Award
Real Corporate Partners Education & Training
Big Switch Projects Environmental Business
Republica Coffee Fair Trade
Holistic Home Loans Financial Services
The Deli Erskineville Food & Beverage Retail
City Clinic Healthcare & Fitness
Kitcheners ® Kitchens Household & General Retail
MyNetFone Information & Communication Technology
Melbourne Perfume Company Manufacturing & Construction
RANDEM Media Marketing & Communications
Lucky You Found Me Professional & Business Services
Bowlers' Club Pubs, Hotels, Nightclubs & Venues
Mulligan's Restaurant Restaurants
Stevie English Hair Retail Beauty
Blue Spinach Retail Fashion
Hobbyco Specialty Retail & Wholesale
freshcatering Takeaway Food & Catering Services
Museum of Contemporary Art Lord Mayor's Sustainability Award
presented by EnergyAustralia
Kitcheners ® Kitchens Business of the Year
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