Nominations have opened for the Irish Australian Business Awards, now in their fifth year.
Run by the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce, the awards celebrate success and innovation in the Irish business community.
There are six categories for this years prizes:
Startup - Less than three years in operation based on FYE19.
SME of the Year - This category is for small businesses in any sector and at any level of turnover operating for more than three years.
Established Business - This category is for businesses over five years old in any sector.
Young Entrepreneur - Under 40 at FYE19 and can be based anywhere in Australia. Must be a shareholder/director actively involved in the business.
Young Professional - Under 40 at FYE19 and can be based anywhere in Australia. Not a shareholder/director and must have their nomination endorsed by a senior member of their organisation.
International Trader - Does business between Ireland and Australia – import/export/both. The award winner here must demonstrate an international growth strategy that has achieved outstanding levels of sales, profit and market share improvement.
Higgins Award: People’s Choice: Open class, National finalists, voted on via the IACC website, promoted during events and via social and traditional media.
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For the first time, this year’s prizegiving will see an ‘Innovation Award’ added to the line-up to further inspire creativity in the business sector.
The IACC CEO Barry Corr said: “The innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of Irish Australian business has been a recurring theme over the four previous years of the awards.
“We felt that as we go into our fifth year, it was deserving of special recognition and a category of its own to highlight even more of the achievements happening in our business community every day.”
Last year’s winners include Irish-born Andrew Harte, a former labourer whose four companies now have a turnover of more than $20 million, and Stephanie Lyons, who was credited with working to transform the super fund business while volunteering in her local community.
To put forward a business person or corporation, visit the Awards Form.
Nominations close on August 9, with the winners to be announced at the Awards Gala on October 11.