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Glitz & Glamour

The 2023 IMB Bank Illawarra Business Awards embraced the theme of “Glitz & Glamour”, shining a spotlight on the best of the best companies and individuals the Illawarra region has to offer. 

More than ever before, our region’s prospects across an expanding range of sectors – and in small and medium enterprise particularly – are thriving, and the 2023 finalaist are a showcase of the many businesses grasping those opportunities. 

With a remarkable turnout of attendees, the night's festivities showcased the region’s remarkable growth across a diverse spectrum of industries. 

2023 Winners


2023 Business of the Year

Sponsored by IMB Bank

Jemma Tribe - Nowra Community Food Store

Outstanding Business Leader
Sponsored by The Illawarra Mercury

Jane Curran - Curran Plumbing & Electrical

Outstanding Young Business Leader
Sponsored by Shellharbour City Council 

Christine Cross - The Cram Foundation

Outstanding Employee
Sponsored by The WIN Network

Symbio Wildlife Park

Excellence in Large Business
Sponsored by University of Wollongong

Sprout Scientific

Excellence in Small Business
Sponsored by South32 Illawarra Metallurgical Coal

Aquilla Fishing Charters

Excellence in Micro Business
Sponsored by Kiama Municipal Council

Green Gravity

Outstanding Start-up
Sponsored by Port Authority of New South Wales

Greenacres Disability Services 

Outstanding Community Organisation
Sponsored by Warrigal

Sicona Battery Technologies

Excellence in International Business
Sponsored by NSW Ports

The Illawarra Hotel

Excellence in Sustainability
Sponsored by BlueScope

IPAR Rehabilitation

Excellence in Workplace Culture
Sponsored by Peoplecare Health Insurance


Excellence in Innovation
Sponsored by Wollongong City Council

Highlands Drivesafe

Excellence in Customer Service 
Sponsored by IOH Health

Jamberoo Action Park 

Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality
Sponsored by Destination Wollongong


Excellence in Tech
Sponsored by Scalapay

With Thanks to our Sponsors

We would like to acknowledge the generosity of our partners, sponsors, and everyone who lent their support to bring together this important community event.

Our principal partner IMB Bank has been helping people achieve their financial goals for 140 years. Their ongoing support of the Illawarra Business Awards demonstrates an unwavering commitment to our region and we thank them for their backing over the past seven years.