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Awards recognise leading Sydney businesses

The Sydney City Region Business Awards celebrate businesses across the local area. 13 awards were up for grabs on the night

  • Proud winners

    8 Sydney businesses were crowned winners at the 2018 Sydney City Region Business Awards. The gala ceremony was held at Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday 25 July.

    The annual awards recognise and celebrate businesses across the local area. There were 13 awards up for grabs and the winners will compete in the NSW awards in November.

  • Winya Indigenous Furniture

    Indigenous-owned and run office furniture business, Winya Indigenous Furniture, won Business of the Year, Excellence in Small Business and Excellence in Sustainability.

    Winya means 'sit now' in the Wiradjuri dialect. The profit-for-purpose business manufactures and supplies office furniture to clients across the government, education, healthcare, defence and corporate sectors. The company also supplies bespoke furniture featuring Indigenous art.

  • Excellence in Small Business

    Presenting the City of Sydney-sponsored Excellence in Small Business Award to Winya Indigenous Furniture, Lord Mayor Clover Moore said it was wonderful to see the awards recognise a thriving and sustainable local business working with a national panel of Indigenous artists.

  • The Shepherd Centre

    The Shepherd Centre took home awards for Excellence in Business and Outstanding Business Leader. The Newtown charity runs programs to teach children born deaf or hearing impaired to speak.

    The organisation is a former business award winner. After collecting the charity’s latest award, CEO Dr Jim Hungerford said the award wins are extremely valuable to the charity’s efforts to raise funds and attract high-calibre staff.

  • Small businesses come together

    Hundreds of people from Sydney’s small businesses came together for the awards event.

    The evening is a wonderful opportunity for the business community to meet, mingle and network.

  • Casey Donovan

    Singer Casey Donovan and her back-up band entertained the crowd on the night.

    The night’s host was TV presenter Sarah Harris, who gets to experience small businesses up close as presenter of the pitch show, Shark Tank.

  • Start Up Superstar

    Lord Mayor Clover Moore congratulated the winning women of Mayday Recruitment who took out the Start Up Superstar award.

    Since launching less than 2 years ago, Mayday has grown from a staff of 3 to 12. The business recruits permanent, temporary and contract staff for a range of industries.

Winners of the 2018 Sydney City Region Business Awards

  • Excellence in Business - The Shepherd Centre
  • Excellence in Export - Hivery
  • Excellence in Innovation - MadeComfy
  • Excellence in Small Business - Winya Indigenous Furniture
  • Excellence in Social Enterprise - Beehive Industries Cooperative
  • Excellence in Sustainability - Winya Indigenous Furniture
  • Excellence in Workplace Inclusion - Winya Indigenous Furniture
  • Outstanding Business Leader - Jim Hungerford from The Shepard Centre
  • Outstanding Employer of Choice - Excite Holidays
  • Outstanding Young Employee - Matthew Woods from Meriton Suites
  • Outstanding Young Entrepreneur - Nicole Shelley from Pepper IT
  • Start Up Superstar - Mayday Recruitment
  • Business of the Year - Winya Indigenous Furniture

Published 26 July 2018, updated 15 February 2024