Small businesses vie for top recognition

July 10, 2017 by  

An impressive array of outstanding businesses from throughout inner Sydney, including Alexandria, has made it onto the shortlist for the 2017 Sydney City Business Awards.

In total, there will be 87 firms across 10 categories competing for awards to be announced at a gala event in August.

Last year’s Excellence in Small Business award winner Ivory Coat Companion Goods, a dog product business based in Alexandria, will be among them as its founder and CEO Steven Deveraux-Stanford is up for the award of 2017 business leader.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the awards are held to assist local businesses in strengthening connections and raising their profile.

This year nominations have almost doubled after the awards were extended to include all businesses operating within inner-Sydney, and its sponsorship has been boosted to $80,000 annually for a period of three years, he said, adding:

“A thriving and creative small-to-medium business sector brings distinctiveness, diversity and liveliness to our city, so we’re pleased by the ever-growing level of participation in these awards.”

He added that participating business owners, from cafes to printing companies, manufacturers to start-ups, are being provided with an opportunity to increase exposure, as well as to build long-term partnerships.

The announcement of winners of the 2017 Sydney City Business Awards will be made at a gala event to be held on August 2 at Sydney Town Hall. Winners will then compete in the state awards in November.