Celebrating Nillumbik’s award-winning businesses

Published on 05 December 2019

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Two Nillumbik businesses were recognised for exceptional work at today’s Northern Business Achievement Awards (NBAA) Grand Finale event.

Hurstbridge-based Hot Coals Catering received the NBAA Sustainability and Environment Award and Diamond Creek’s Bio2Lab was awarded Best Start Up or Micro Business Award.

Hot Coals Catering is a small, dynamic team that operates throughout Victoria, providing wood-fired food from mobile ovens and catering weddings and a range of private events.

Bio2Lab is an innovative operation run by two scientists who specialise in reducing the ongoing discharge of contaminants to waterways from stormwater. The duo’s goal is to support environmental education programs and improve the local environment. 

Nillumbik’s 2019 Young Business Achiever (aged 25 or under) was Ellie Dunstan, owner of Eltham’s ever-growing outfit hire company Dress Hire Au.

Mayor Karen Egan, who also chairs the Economic Development Portfolio, said she was pleased to see small businesses in Nillumbik achieving great things.

“We congratulate our wonderful 2019 nominees on their awards and commend the innovation and hard work that goes on behind the scenes,” she said.

“As a small business owner myself, I know how committed and tenacious you must be to succeed.

“Ellie Dunstan and the teams behind Hot Coals Catering and Bio2Lab should be very proud of their achievements,” Cr Egan said.

The Northern Business Achievement Awards are presented annually and bring together business nominees from the six northern Councils.

A partnership of industry, education and local and state government, the awards recognise the business achievements of small to medium enterprises and encourage growth, excellence and competitiveness.

Nillumbik will be looking for its 2020 nominees in the New Year. For information on upcoming nominations or to keep in the loop through Council’s Economic Development and Tourism newsletter, visit nillumbik.vic.gov.au/business