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11 businesses honoured at the 2019 Sydney City Regional Business Awards

The winners were announced at a Sydney Town Hall gala event on Wednesday 31 July.

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A digital marketing agency started by a husband and wife team has taken out top honours at the Sydney City business awards.

Murmur won Micro Business and Regional Business of the Year awards.

Sponsored by the City of Sydney, this was the first year the NSW Business Chamber awards included a category for micro businesses.

Murmur managing director, Dave Levett, launched the Darlinghurst advertising and marketing agency with wife Marija in 2016 when they returned home after 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,” Dave said.

“I got 2 clients in the first 2 weeks and that put us on the journey we’re on today.

“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, with late nights and working through weekends.

“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.

“Being able to say that you've been recognised as a winner helps build strong PR and is a great message for new business pitches,” Dave said.

Sydney City Regionial Business Awards winners were recognised at a gala event
Sydney City Regionial Business Awards winners were recognised at a gala event

The 2019 Sydney City Regional Business Award winners

  • 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 on Friday 22 November.

If your business is in the City of Sydney local area, contact us to find out more about how we support local businesses.

Visit Business Australia (formerly NSW Business Chamber) for further information on entry criteria, categories, regions and how to enter.

Published 1 August 2019, updated 29 February 2024