Who will be a finalist?

Local Business Award finalists will be announced on May 19th with thousands of nominations having been received from hundreds of supporters… Many businesses now anxiously await confirmation that their efforts have proved fruitful and resulted in elite finalist status.

“The Awards allow small business owners to be recognised for their contribution to the local community, and the wider Australian economy, and to celebrate their successes,” said Lauren Hill of BizCover – the major sponsor of this year’s awards. In order to qualify as a finalist, businesses must receive commendable levels of support during the nomination process, and this year proved a competitive affair so qualifying as a finalist is quite the accomplishment. Lauren added that she looks forward to congratulating finalists and encouraging more local businesses to participate in future.

The awards cover everywhere from Balmain to Ashfield, where Ashfield Council is once again pleased to be a sponsor and consider the awards a great opportunity to acknowledge “the diversity of business in the Ashfield LGA.”

Another long-time sponsor, MarketPlace Leichhardt, partner with the awards every year to show their support for small business, and are excited about being involved in the awards this year following their win for Best Fashion Shop (Noni B) in 2013.

“The Inner West Local Business Awards are an opportunity for MarketPlace Leichhardt’s retailers to be recognised for their tireless efforts building their retail business into a success story,” said Marketing Manager Cassandra Fitzgerald.

Nearby, Norton Plaza, also prides itself on being home to leaders in their categories, particularly in fresh food and services, and hope to see a number of businesses from the centre named finalists. “Business owners at Norton Plaza have always been focused and dedicated to serving the local community, offering exceptional quality and great customer experience. We all know that being in business isn’t easy, and would like to see the community recognise and reward these efforts,” says Katie Smith from Norton Plaza Centre Manager. “Receiving such an award is very humbling and demonstrates how appreciative and supportive the community is. We wish all local businesses in the Inner West the best, and look forward to celebrating their success.”

Last year Norton Plaza newcomer, Josephine Maniscalco (pictured above) from Nocturnal Designs, took home the award for Business Person of the Year, while Relish won for Best Deli/Gourmet Food Outlet.

• For more information visit www.thebusinessawards.com.