The Illawarra Business Chamber is delighted to announce that the 2016 IMB Bank Illawarra Business Awards will be launched on 5th July.

“In 2016 we will build on the last 21 years of celebrating outstanding performance and the successes of Illawarra Businesses,” said Jo Spencer, Acting CEO Illawarra Business Chamber. 

“The Illawarra Business Chamber is thrilled to announce it has secured a new Principal Partner, the IMB Bank, who is this year’s naming rights sponsor. IMB Bank has been a long-standing supporter of the Awards. This year, IMB Bank has decided to step up and take the lead in sponsoring this prestigious event. As community leaders, IMB Bank has been long-term supporters of the Illawarra business community.” 

IMB Bank’s CEO, Robert Ryan, said: "Local businesses are the backbone of this country and these awards recognise the amazing hard work and dedication of the people who own them. At IMB, our business banking teams work with customers to help them achieve their goals and we are delighted to partner with the Illawarra Business Chamber to hold the 2016 IMB Bank Illawarra Business Awards." 

Ms Spencer said, “We’re thrilled that most of our major partner sponsorships have been filled, our major partners include: University of Wollongong, Wollongong City Council, TAFE Illawarra, Peoplecare, IRT Foundation, Illawarra Mercury, Kiama Municipal Council, Export Growth China, BlueScope and Access Law Group. 

“We thank all our partners for their much-appreciated support of the awards including our media partners WIN, i98FM and the Illawarra Mercury. We must also thank KPMG and WIN Entertainment Centre for their support and assistance,” said Ms Spencer. 

Nominations for the 2016 IMB Bank Illawarra Business Awards are open from 5 July – 29 July. There are 15 categories to enter this year and the judges’ focus will be on business outcomes rather than specific industries. Winners of 11 of the categories will get State-wide coverage from progressing as finalists in the NSW Business Chamber Business Awards. 

This year’s Awards will be held on Friday 21 October 2016 at the WIN Entertainment Centre. 

Two of last year’s winners will be at the launch to share their experience of the benefits of participating in the Illawarra Business Awards. 

“We’d urge all local businesses to enter the 2016 IMB Bank Illawarra Business Awards and reap the benefits of participation in this prestigious event,” said Ms Spencer.
In 2016 we will build on the last 21 years of celebrating outstanding performance and the successes of Illawarra Businesses Jo Spencer, Acting CEO Illawarra Business Chamber