Illawarra Business Awards

The Illawarra Business Awards celebrate the achievements of businesses and business leaders across the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands.

Held annually for over 25 years, the Illawarra Business Awards present an unparalleled opportunity to celebrate the combined successes of organisations and individuals across our our vibrant and diverse business community.

2022 Awards Program

This year’s program theme embraces La Dolce Vita, bringing the essence of 'the sweet life' and a taste of the sun, salt air and terraced gardens of Italy’s picturesque Amalfi Coast to the 2022 awards season. Entries have now closed, and winners will be announced at our black-tie gala ceremony on Friday, 14 October.

KEY DATES

Entries Open: 8 June 2022 at 9.00am
Entry Deadline: 12 July 2022 at 5.00pm
Finalists Announced: 31 August 2022
Finalist Interviews: 1 September - 28 September 2022
Black-tie Gala Ceremony: 14 October 2022

WHY ENTER YOUR BUSINESS?

A highlight of the Illawarra business calendar, the awards program is well known for celebrating the success of our region's most inspiring organisations and individuals. The simple online entry process allows you to:

  • Review your business plan and reconnect with your goals and objectives.
  • Measure your success against judging criteria.
  • Connect with your workforce and encourage them to celebrate their achievements.
  • Benchmark your business against others in your industry.
  • Build a reputation for excellence within the business community.

Our black-tie gala ceremony is the region's most prestigious business event of the year and brings the entire business community together for a night of celebration at the WIN Entertainment Centre.

Past winners highly recommend the entry process to any business wanting to benchmark themselves against the best in the region and recognise their achievements over the past 12 months.

2022 CATEGORIES

Sponsored by IOH Health

The Excellence in Customer Service Award recognises a business that has driven growth and ensured business success through the delivery of exceptional customer service.

Sponsored by Siligong Valley

The Excellence in Tech Award recognises a business that is an industry leader and has made significant contributions to Tech. 

Sponsored by Destination Wollongong

The Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality Award recognises a business that showcases the region and offers an exceptional customer and/or visitor experience. 

Sponsored by NSW Ports

The Excellence in Import & Export Award recognises a business that imports and/or exports its products or services in domestic and international markets and is building a strong reputation for Australian products and services.

Sponsored by Peoplecare

The Excellence in Workplace Culture Award recognises a business that has developed a leading workplace culture through its commitment to inclusivity, people empowerment and being an employer of choice.

Sponsored by Wollongong City Council

The Excellence in Innovation Award recognises a business that has implemented innovative solutions for new and existing business needs through the introduction or improvement of an idea, product, method, technology, process or application.

Sponsored by BlueScope

The Excellence in Sustainability Award recognises a business that has demonstrated its commitment to sustainable business practices and is working to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment.

Sponsored by WIN Network

The Outstanding Employee Award recognises an inspirational employee who has demonstrated a passion for their role and a commitment to their workplace and community.

Sponsored by Dapto Leagues Club

The Outstanding Young Business Leader Award recognises an inspirational business leader aged 35 or under who has demonstrated a commitment to their workplace, industry and the community through leadership.

Sponsored by Access Law Group

The Outstanding Business Leader Award recognises an inspirational business leader aged 36 or over who has demonstrated a commitment to their workplace, industry and the community through leadership, whilst providing mentorship to others.

Sponsored by Warrigal

The Outstanding Community Organisation Award recognises an organisation that works to improve the social, cultural or environmental wellbeing of the community.

Sponsored by Port Authority of New South Wales

The Outstanding Start-up Award recognises a start-up business that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the potential to achieve future success.

 

The Excellence in Micro Business Award recognises a business (with less than 5 employees) that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience.

 

The Excellence in Small Business Award recognises a business (with 5 to 20 employees) that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience.

Sponsored by University of Wollongong

The Excellence in Large Business Award recognises a business (with 21 or more employees) that has effectively driven growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies implemented to achieve business success and/or resilience.

Sponsored by IMB Bank

The IMB Bank Business of the Year is awarded to a business category winner who is considered to be a standout across all judging criteria and exemplifies business achievement.

You cannot enter this category directly.

The awards are a great way to engage your team in taking a look at how your business is tracking against your goals.

Matt Radnidge, Symbio Wildlife Park – 2017 & 2019 Business of the Year

Become A Member

Entry into the Illawarra Business Awards is open exclusively to members. To learn more about the benefits of membership and to consider the advantages it will give your business, please visit our member pages.