The votes are in and winners of the 2018 Banyule BestBiz Awards have been announced after 8,231 votes were submitted. Over 750 businesses were represented in the vote count which is a threefold increase from 2017.
Winners were announced from 27 business finalists at the Banyule BestBiz Awards presentation night at Cellini Bar Lounge in Heidelberg on Wednesday 24 October.
This year two new awards were introduced: The Newcomer award for businesses less than 12 months old; and an Age-Friendly award nominated by our Age-Friendly Champions.
Winners in each category were:
- Cafes and takeaways: The Were Street Food Store
- Fashion: Ricardo Ferro
- Fresh produce: Monty Fresh
- Goods and services: Chocilo
- Hair and beauty: Hair by Ciccone
- Wellbeing: F45 Training Heidelberg
- Professional Services: Briar Hill Pharmacy
- Restaurants, pubs and bars: Café Saffron Indian Restaurant.
- The Newcomer: Passage thru Malaysia
- Age Friendly: Curves Greensborough
Café Saffron won the Restaurants, pubs and bars award for the third time in as many years, so were inducted into Banyule’s prestigious BestBiz “Hall of Fame”.
The Mayoral Choice Award went to The Sycamore Tree, a social enterprise café run by the Banyule Network of Uniting Churches.
Banyule Mayor Cr Mark Di Pasquale congratulated all winners and finalists in the 2018 Banyule BestBiz Awards and said that the awards were established to promote and recognise Banyule businesses and reinforce the benefits of shopping, eating and doing business locally.
“Now in its fourth year, the Awards are a key fixture on Banyule’s calendar of Business events and recognise our most popular business in Banyule as voted by customers.”
“I was very pleased to give the Mayoral Choice Award to The Sycamore Tree, a café that does great work by offering people in our community work experience and training including providing opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities”.