Multiple Greek businesses came up top in this year’s Local Business Awards, which took place across multiple Sydney districts.
With this year proving a struggle for businesses to continue operating and adapt to a COVID-19 world, these awards were intended to show an even greater gratitude to the businesses that continued to serve their local community.
Business owners were treated to dinner at COVID-safe award ceremony’s, with up to 32 awards handed out at each Local Business Awards presentation.
Miloway Wines in Earlwood received an award for best Specialised Retail Business at the Canterbury Bankstown Local Business Awards 2020. Harry Ipermachou spoke with The Greek Herald following his victory, expressing his happiness in receiving the prestigious award.
“For us it was like a gift to celebrate our 40th anniversary”, Ipermachou said to The Greek Herald.
“The awards were amazing… we were up against around 18 deli’s and it was great to win.”
Vicky Zafiropoulos was awarded Business Person of the Year at the St George Local Business Awards 2020 at a COVID-Safe awards ceremony at the Revesby Workers Club on Tuesday. Owner of Hairem Hairdressing at Carlton, Vicky Zafiropoulos spoke to The Greek Herald following her victory.
“In times like this it is a big honour, because more than ever I feel like small businesses are the ones who employ a lot of people and are going to bring this economy back,” Vicky says to The Greek Herald.
With the Business Person of the Year award presented at the end of the ceremony, Vicky thought she would be going home empty handed as the awards came to a close.
“I was hoping to win the hairdressing category, which we had won a few times over the years… but to win Business Person of the Year is a lovely surprise,” Vicky added.
“As hairdressers, we council each other, we motivate each other, we support each other. Especially in this time more than ever.”
Trianon Cake Shop also received their 14th win at the Canterbury Bankstown awards, with a post on the business’ Facebook page thanking their loyal customers.
“On behalf of the Trianon Team and staff we are so grateful for all of our customers for all the ongoing support for the past 43 Years,” the Facebook post reads.
“We are so honoured and will continue to strive to give the best of the best to all of our customers.”
George’s River Mayor Kevin Greene said that this year’s awards are more meaningful than ever, given the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.
“The pandemic has forced many local business owners to adapt their businesses very quickly in order to stay afloat, but some are going beyond that and are really thriving in a very uncertain time,” Councillor Greene said.
“Local business owners have demonstrated just how innovative and resourceful they are, and we continue to be impressed by their ingenuity.”