City of Sydney honours top businesses

Posted by Isobel Drake on 4th August 2008

Sydney has spoken, sending thousands of emails and text messages to decide the finalists for this year’s City of Sydney Business Awards.”In just one month, we received nearly 10,000 votes from members of the public who want to support local small businesses, which shows a fabulous amount of community spirit,” reported Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP. “This year’s Business Awards are by far the most professional, competitive and sustainable City of Sydney has ever produced. Small and medium businesses play a vital role in our local economy and we’re proud to support their good work”.

260 small and medium businesses from across City of Sydney nominated themselves for this year’s Business Awards, with 102 finalists going through to the next round of judging. These finalists joined the Lord Mayor on Friday at Town Hall House for a reception.

A sustainability award was included this year to reward small and medium businesses which had made environmental sustainability a focus. The winner of the award will have to beat a strong group of competitors as an online poll conducted during the voting process showed that 67 per cent of businesses have undertaken environmental initiatives and 78 per cent plan to do more in the future.

“We recognise that it can be difficult for small and medium businesses to become more sustainable. In 2008 we have introduced the Lord Mayor’s Sustainability Award to honour the finalist showing the highest level of commitment to environmental sustainability,” Ms Moore said.

The Awards themselves have become a more sustainable program. To reduce paper use, this year’s voting was completely electronic. The public could vote by either SMS or on the Sydney Business Awards website, with businesses encouraged to use their websites and social networks to gain votes.

Winners will be announced at the Sydney Business Awards Gala dinner on August 27.

“All the finalists should be very proud of their efforts. The City applauds their work and we look forward to announcing the winners on August 27,” Ms Moore concluded.

The City of Sydney Business Awards 2008 finalists for food industry related categories are:

Food and Beverage Retail: The British Lolly Shop Kings Cross, Republica Coffee, Sassy Treats, Harrogate Teas Coffees & Fine Foods, Walsh Bay Food Emporium

Restaurants: Almond Bar, Zilver, Roxanne Restaurant, Umi Kaiten-Zushi, East Ocean

Cafés: Crema 55, La Casa Pasta, Salad Bar, La Cantina, Bar Fredo

Takeaway food & catering services: Summerrolls, D.A.R.E: Delicious and Responsible Eating, Alexandria Seafood, Café Neon, Bombay Lounge

More information can be found at: www.sydneybusinessawards.com.au/.