Iconic business recognised at business gongs

A major Mickleham business which is also an Australian household name has been recognised as the Business of the Year at this year’s Hume Business Awards 2019.

Mayor of Hume City, Councillor Carly Moore said Dulux Australia took out the Business of the Year 2019 Award for its innovation, contribution to the community and local jobs.

Hume Business Awards 2019 – list of finalists and winners

“This business is a highly successful advanced manufacturing business, employing a large team of chemists and technologists with expertise in new product development,” Cr Moore said.

“Its strengths lie in innovating and adding new capabilities to the business through strong investment in science and innovation.

“As part of its strong community focus, the business has helped more than 250 community organisations through fundraising, volunteering and direct donations.

“In 2018 a $165 million state-of-the-art facility was opened right here in Hume, in the newly established Merrifield estate.

“It is equal to any of the most technically advanced factories in the world, allowing for faster, greener, safer and more efficient production.

“Additionally, the new factory created more than 60 new jobs, with most of the new employees drawn from the local area.”

Other Hume Business Award winners for 2019 include:

  • Marnong Estate (Cafés and Restaurants Award)
  • Lotus Smiles Dental (Customer Service Award)
  • Brite Services (Diversity Award)
  • Gowrie Victoria (Education and Workplace Learning Award)
  • Procal Dairies (Food Manufacturing Award)
  • Delaware North (Human Resources Award)
  • Innovative Plastic Solutions (Innovation)
  • Dulux Australia (Manufacturing Award)
  • Nutbug (New and Emerging Business Award)
  • Blackbird and Wren Real Estate (Professional Services Award)
  • HomeGrown Gifts (Retail Award)
  • Advantage Caravan Repairs (Small Business Award)
  • Enable Social Enterprise (Sustainability Award)
  • Living Legends (Tourism Award)

Councillor Moore said she was honoured to host the event and recognised the contribution of Hume businesses to the City.

“Hume businesses employ over 100,000 people, making a strong contribution to the local, state and national economy and that fact alone deserves recognition,” Cr Moore said.

“The breadth of business in Hume is remarkable, ranging from manufacturers, bio-medical, transport and logistics through to hospitality, retail and exporters.

“The Hume Business Awards provide a notable opportunity for us all to come together to celebrate the significant contribution local businesses each make to the local economy, and the community, through delivering exceptional service, quality, innovation, and supporting the economic prosperity of the region.”

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