Awards acknowledge long-Term Businesses

Sydney (Media Release): Reflecting Fairfield’s cultural diversity, long-term business owners from cultural backgrounds including Argentina, Iran, China, Chile, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Serbia, Spain and Thailand will be applauded on 25 February.

Stephen Colagiuri from St Johns Park Real Estate, Fairfield City Centre.The inaugural Lifetime Business Awards ceremony on Wednesday 25 February will exclusively honour Fairfield City Centre businesses that have stood the test of time, having traded for more than 25 years and up to 50 years – and longer.

Council believes the awards are a first for any Local Government Council in NSW.

“There are some fantastic success stories among our awards recipients,” Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said. “These are family owned-and-run businesses.

“Among them is perhaps Fairfield’s best known success story, Bing Lee, which started in Fairfield City Centre 58 years ago. Bing Lee has gone on to become an Australia retail giant – and they still have a store in Fairfield.

“Then there is 76-year-old Sam Musolino, who has been making and selling orthopaedic footwear from his store in Ware Street for 48 years.”

Mayor Carbone said Council was proud of the region’s cultural diversity and the awards’ 19 recipients reflected this.

“The range of businesses is also diverse and includes manufacturing, medical, real estate, food and health care, just to name a few,” Mayor Carbone said.

“When you consider that many small businesses fail within their first three years, Council thought it only fitting to honour these 19 stalwarts of Fairfield City Centre. To be in business for half a century or more proves you are definitely doing something right.”

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