Winners of Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence 2017 Awards announced

The most coveted WSABE Award, the Commonwealth Bank Business of the Year, was awarded to The Lido Group

Winners of the 27th Annual Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence (WSABE) were announced at an awards gala ceremony on Friday 15 September at Waterview Bicentennial Park in the presence of the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of New South Wales and Jenny Aitchison MP, Shadow Minister for Small Business.

Over 500 guests including dignitaries such as Julie Owens MP, Federal Member for Parramatta, Hon. Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Sophie Cotsis MP, Shadow Minister for Women, Disability Services, Multiculturalism and Ageing, Dr Geoffrey Lee MP, Member for Parramatta and many more partook in an exceptional night of celebrating success stories of the Greater Western Sydney business community.

Master of Ceremonies Heba Kassoua, SBS Arabic Radio kicked off the evening to a brilliant start as the Premier of NSW Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, provided an insightful overview of Western Sydney as a key economic hub and gave her vision of its development in the future.

Interlaced throughout an engaging program of entertainment and the exchange of success stories were addresses from David Hill, President, Parramatta Chamber of Commerce, Jenny Aitchison MP, Shadow Minister for Small Business, Hon Alan Cadman OAM, WSABE Patron and Anne Kollegger, Executive Manager – Business Bank, CBA.

The most coveted WSABE Award, the Commonwealth Bank Business of the Year, was awarded to The Lido Group. This award is conferred following vigorous assessment by WSABE’s independent judging panel, taking into consideration the winner of each individual category to determine the stand out business of the 2017 year.

WSABE would like to extend its congratulations to all winners who engaged on the WSABE platform and were determined as leaders in their respective categories, in what was once again a highly contested year.


DOOLEYS Lidcombe Catholic Club Young Business Executive: Natalie Hanna Akkari, Montessori Merrylands Childcare

ATB Partners Young Entrepreneur: Matthew Ellis, Avonlea Labels

AAA City Removalist Business Leader: Tracey Lentell, Moorebank Sports Club

SBS Radio Excellence in Small Business: MBE Parramatta

icare Excellence in Business:  The Lido Group

DOOLEYS Lidcombe Catholic Club Excellence in Social Enterprise: One Hotel and Apartments – Parramatta Mission

Westfield Parramatta Start Up Superstar: MadeComfy

City of Parramatta Excellence in Innovation: Excel Logistics

PAYCE Excellence in Sustainability: Loxley on Bellbird Hill

KPMG Excellence in Export: Featherdale Wildlife Park

Cooee Employer of Choice: Southern Cross Group

GPS Guardian Property Specialists Excellence in Marketing: Marketing Heads Australia Pty Ltd

Parramatta Leagues Club Excellence in Education: Masters in Building Training

City of Parramatta Excellence in Customer Service: Azrim Pty Ltd

icare Excellence in Workplace Health & Safety: Cassin and Sons (Aust) Pty Ltd

TAFE NSW Excellence in Training, Skilling & Development: Moorebank Sports Club

Local Chamber of Commerce Award: Sydney Hills Business Chamber

Parramatta Chamber of Commerce Patron’s Choice Award: Gatehouse Tea Rooms

Commonwealth Bank Business of the Year: The Lido Group

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