Geelong Business Excellence Awards unveils winners for 2022, celebrating clever, creative and connected local businesses

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Geelong Business Excellence Awards unveils winners for 2022, celebrating clever, creative and connected local businesses

Business of the Year Award Winner: Custom Neon

The local awards aim to unearth the local businesses who have used resilience, creative and technical skills in a formidable way to navigate through a strenuous business environment.

The winners of the 2022 Geelong Business Excellence Awards were announced on Thursday, October 27, with 20 awards given to some of the businesses, Young Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders in the Geelong region. The awards program celebrated the clever, creative and connected business community with a glamorous event held face-to-face for the first time in three years. 

Each year the Geelong Business Excellence Awards (presented by the Geelong Chamber of Commerce) brings together some of the most creative, innovative and thriving businesses that have achieved business excellence in the Geelong region, along with a great number of dedicated local heroes who support Geelong and it’s tight-knit and loyal community – and what a community it is! These Awards (sponsored by LBW Business + Wealth Advisors) are the oldest continuously running business awards programs in Australia, and, as such, provide a significant recognition and celebration of business achievement and performance – especially now, in one of the most challenging times for our local businesses.

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Here are the local legends nominated for the 2022 Geelong Business Excellence Awards

Walking along the red carpet into GMHBA Stadium, award guests were dazzled by a  magnificently set up President’s Room. Renowned television personality Nicky Buckley hosted the awards night with 20 category winners announced across three stages and entertainment provided throughout the evening by local band Good Faces for Radio.

With 800 people attending the event, this year’s awards were the largest in-person awards celebration the Geelong Chamber of Commerce has ever put on while also streaming the awards live across Facebook. 

“It’s so important to recognise those businesses and leaders who have stared down the challenge, embraced the opportunity  and taken everyone around them on a very special journey,” Chamber president John Stekelenburg said. 

Congratulations to all the all the winners listed below – though we’d like to give a special shout out to all those who have taken the jump into owning or operating a business in the region.

GBEA category winners and sponsors 2022

Business of the Year
LBW Business + Wealth Advisors
Custom Neon

Business Leader of the Year
Sponsored by bay 93.9
Maree Herath

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsored by Deakin University
Lee-Anne Campigli

Sustainable Business
Sponsored by Telstra Business Technology Centre- Victoria West
Scubabo Dive Victoria

Medium to Large Business or Division/Department of a business – 21+ Employees/FTE
Sponsored by EML
Custom Neon

Advanced Manufacturing & Industry
Sponsored by Southern Star Group of Companies
HPS Tech

Corporate Social Responsibility
Sponsored by genU
CentreStage Pty Ltd

Emerging Business – Under 3 years
Sponsored by The Gordon

Inclusive & Accessible Business
Sponsored by Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
Accessible Accommodation

Safe & Healthy Business
Sponsored by WorkSafe Victoria
Corio Village

Small Business or Division/Department of a business – 4 to 20 Employees/ FTE 4-20
Sponsored by Bendigo Bank
The 18th Amendment Bar

Tourism & Hospitality
Sponsored by Tourism Greater Geelong & The Bellarine
Higher Mark – Geelong Cats

Innovation, Research & Development
Sponsored by Viva Energy
Cabinets By Computer

Regional Business
Sponsored by Gartland
del Rios Winery & Restaurant

Digital Engagement
Sponsored by Web Force 5
Adventure Park Geelong

Retail Business
Sponsored by Roderick Insurance Brokers
Zacale Pty Ltd

Best First Year Entry
Sponsored by Harwood Andrews
13th Beach Health Services

Home-based & Micro Business
Sponsored by City of Greater Geelong
Crew Faced Makeup Artistry

Health & Wellbeing Promoting Workplace
Sponsored by Barwon Health
Coastyle Building Solutions

Customer Service
Sponsored by Hardings Hardware
MultiSkills Training

Congratulations to all!