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Outstanding businesses recognised across City of Whittlesea

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Businesses in the City of Whittlesea have come together for a night of celebration at the second annual Business Awards, held at the Mantra in Epping last Thursday, May 23.

The awards celebrated and recognised 74 nominees across the municipality who demonstrated excellence in customer service, innovation, sustainability, community, diversity, or as a home-based business.

City of Whittlesea Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said the awards were an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of businesses large and small.

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“The awards enable us to shine a spotlight on our thriving local business community and to celebrate the many talented businesspeople in the City of Whittlesea,” she said.

The awards were open to members of the City of Whittlesea Business Network, who could self-nominate to each of the six categories.

“We were thrilled to receive 74 nominations which is a testament to just how many wonderful businesses we have here in the City of Whittlesea,” Ms Wilson said.

“Every business should be commended for their efforts, commitment, and successes, particularly in this tough economic climate.”

Awards were presented to the following businesses:

Customer Service: Mantra Melbourne Epping, who were recognised for their meaningful interactions with all customers, from booking to departure. The business also received the Business of the Year award.

Innovation and Enterprise: Distinctive Features Cosmetic Tattoo and Beauty, who were recognised for their specialisation in correcting failed cosmetic tattoos and restoring clients’ confidence and quality of life. Additionally, their post-cancer treatments like scar camouflage support women recovering from breast cancer.

Sustainability and Environment: Nugal Biik Nursery, who were recognised for their long-term, large-scale, circular sustainability initiatives in the City of Whittlesea, such as planting over 30,000 trees across the multiplicity.

Community Contribution: Big Group Hug, who were recognised for their support to babies and children in need, providing essential items they need to thrive. In 2023, the Big Group Hug received 844 requests to help 1,494 babies and children living in the City of Whittlesea – equating to 29 children a week, or four per day.

Workplace Diversity: Edlyn Foods Pty Ltd, who were recognised for actively seeking out partnerships with local organisations that support diversity and inclusivity initiatives and works to ensure that their workforce represents the diversity of the community they serve. Additionally, their 100 per cent Australian-owned and operated company continues to proudly support manufacturing in Australia.

Home-Based Business: A Grade Resumes, who were recognised for embedding sustainable practices to minimise their carbon footprint while offering a professional writing service to connect job seekers with their next role.

To view more information and images from the awards visit

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