With the 2020 IMB Bank Illawarra Business Awards now open, local businesses in the Southern Highlands are being encouraged to have their resilience and excellence celebrated by submitting an entry.
In light of the significant challenges faced by our community this year, the 2020 Illawarra Business Awards program will be a very special celebration of the resilience, persistence and excellence of our region’s businesses and business leaders.
Local chamber presidents from the Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Steve Horton, and the Moss Vale and Rural Chamber of Commerce, Brigid Kennedy, are encouraging their members to enter 2020 awards, so that the experience, challenges, adaptation and survival of Southern Highlands businesses can be celebrated and acknowledged.
Steve Horton said: “Now is the time for business across the Southern Highlands to share their experiences and get the recognition they deserve for the remarkable resilience they have shown in a very challenging year, as a result of devastating bushfires and the current pandemic.”
Brigid Kennedy said: “I want to strongly encourage our outstanding local business community to get involved in these awards, as it is so important that we celebrate the inspirational people who have worked tirelessly to ensure the survival and success of our business community,” said Ms Kennedy.
Executive Director of the Illawarra Business Chamber Adam Zarth said: “We look forward to welcoming businesses from the Southern Highlands into our awards program this year, which will be made easier now that we have made the judging process entirely virtual.”
“The IMB Bank Illawarra Business Awards are the region’s largest and most prestigious business awards and given the challenges posed by the COVID-19 lockdown this year, it was more important than ever that we celebrate the resilience, strength and adaptability of our business community,” said Mr Zarth.
“We are working to arrange another outstanding gala awards night event, with this year’s theme, ‘An Evening Under the Stars’, symbolising the businesses who, despite challenging conditions, are shining brighter than ever.”
There are 11 categories open for entry that will recognise the achievements of business across a wide range of areas including innovation and adaptability, workplace culture, sustainability, customer service, import and export, digital service delivery and resilience, as well as the inspirational employees and business leaders in the community.
The 2020 IMB Bank Illawarra Business Awards black-tie gala ceremony will be held on Friday, 16 October at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong, and finalists will be announced on Wednesday, 26 August 2020.
To enter, visit illawarrabusiness.awardsplatform.com, or call the Illawarra Business Chamber on (02) 4223 0319.
Media Contacts: Steve Horton (0428 612 183) Brigid Kennedy (0411 511 244)
Key Program Dates
Entries Open 9.00am, 17 June 2020
Entry Deadline 5.00pm, 21 July 2020
Finalists Announced 26 August 2020
Black-tie Gala Ceremony 16 October 2020
1. Excellence in Innovation & Adaptability
2. Excellence in Workplace Culture
3. Excellence in Sustainability
4. Excellence in Customer Service
5. Excellence in Import & Export
6. Excellence in Digital Service Delivery
7. Resilience in Micro Business
8. Resilience in Small Business
9. Resilience in Business
10. 2020 Inspiring Employee
11. 2020 Inspiring Business Leader
12. 2020 IMB Bank Business of the Year
Check out the entry handbook here.