• Tony Bosworth

Regional business awards highlight best of the best – don’t miss out, entries close soon

Senator Marise Payne was key speaker at last year's WSABE event too

The Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence (WSABE) are on soon and the chance to nominate is getting closer - this coming Monday, June 14 is the cut-off date – so if you’re a Hawkesbury business, have a look at getting your entry in.

Now in its 31st year, WSABE recognises the achievements of businesses and their employees across several award categories, including innovation, exporting and community leadership.

Marise Payne, Senator for Western Sydney, is the keynote speaker at this year’s gala dinner in Parramatta, and she says WSABE is a unique opportunity to showcase how far Western Sydney’s business community has come since the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

“Last year there was a particular focus on resilience and ingenuity, with so many companies successfully adapting to meet a very challenging operating environment,” Sen Payne said.

“This year, as our economic recovery gathers pace, I look forward to again joining with our hardworking businesses to celebrate how far they’ve come, the contribution they make to our nation, and to look ahead to the future.

“As Australia’s third largest economy, Western Sydney businesses are part of the lifeblood of our national economy, so it’s only fitting their achievements are highlighted,” she said.

The Hon Alan Cadman OAM, Patron of WSABE, said the awards provided a platform for both established and emerging businesses and professionals to receive the recognition they deserve.

“With more than 150 eligible postcodes, I recommend that all businesses and professionals in Western Sydney enter WSABE and make use of the platform to showcase their success, demonstrate credibility, and connect with other key leaders across our high performing region,” Mr Cadman said.

David Mumford, Managing Director of RBK Nutraceuticals and winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Bank Business of the Year, encouraged businesses to nominate.

“Nominating for WSABE was a valuable tool for our business to review our strategies, identify the challenges we’ve faced over the course of the year and remember the wins we had made on the way. It’s a real morale boost to be celebrated amongst your peers and I strongly encourage all businesses to participate,” Mr Mumford said.

WSABE is supported by 18 local business chambers from across Western Sydney.

The annual gala dinner, where WASBE winners will be announced, will be held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Parramatta on Friday, 3 September 2021.

Previous WASBE keynote speakers have included the former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard AC, and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Entering WASBE is free, and businesses are encouraged to self-nominate.

For more information about WSABE, visit: https://wsabe.com.au/ or contact wsabe@parramattachamber.com.au

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