Northern Business Achievement Awards
The Northern Business Achievement Awards are a partnership of industry, education, local and state government and decision makers across Melbourne’s north.
These breakfasts are essential events for those seeking to do business in the region.
They recognise the achievements of SMEs and encourage business excellence, growth and competitiveness.
Breakfasts are held quarterly, with two of the northern municipalities (Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland, Nillumbik or Whittlesea) nominating two of their businesses each breakfast.
The final breakfast, held in December, is the annual award ceremony.
The attendance at breakfasts averages 200 prominent businesspeople.
Bank of Melbourne
The state of the economy post-COVID
Besa Deda is the Chief Economist of the Bank of Melbourne.
As the Bank’s economic spokesperson, Besa is responsible for research on the economy and financial markets. She formulates views and forecasts on the outlook for the economy, interest rates and currencies and manages a team of economists. Besa gives regular presentations and often appears in the media reporting on economic conditions.
Prior to this role, Besa held Senior Strategist and Economist roles with the Commonwealth Bank covering fixed income, foreign exchange, macroeconomics and equities. Besa was with the CBA for nearly 8 years and before that was an economist with the Colonial Group.
Besa is the Secretary for the Australian Business Economists’ Association, is a member of the Melbourne Economic Forum, has previously written a regular property column for The Australian newspaper and lectured for FINSIA.
Besa holds an Honours degree in economics from the University of Sydney and a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University.
June 2021 breakfast:
M&M Printworks, nominated by Nillumbik Shire Council
Restaurant St Lawrence, nominate by Nillumbik Shire Council
Softmed, nominated by Hume City Council
Floridia Cheese was founded in 1955 by Mauro and Carmela Montalto. The skills that they acquired as cheese makers have been passed down through the family ensuring the tradition, passion and quality continues. Today Floridia Cheese is considered the industry benchmark for consistency and quality in Italian cheese products.
URBNSURF Melbourne, nominated by Hume City Council
Located close to the CBD and a short dash from Melbourne Airport, URBNSURF is the newest and most consistent surf spot. The waves are always pumping, with delicious food and exciting activities on offer. Whether you’re a first timer or a pro, there’s something for everyone at Australia’s first surf park.
March 2021 breakfast:
Inox Australia, nominated by City of Whittlesea
INOX Australia provides food and liquid processing solutions. They specialise in the design and manufacture of complete systems and equipment for mixing, heating, cooling and processing food products for the food processing, dairy, beverage, pharmaceutical and allied industries.
Lashes on Point, nominated by City of Whittlesea
Lashes On Point is a boutique specialty lash salon offering award-winning, damage free lash extensions and lash lifting. They offer a warm and welcoming environment and with emphasis on safe, quality and sustainable lash artistry.
CERES, nominated by Moreland City Council
CERES is an environmental education centre, urban farm and social enterprise hub spread across four locations in Melbourne’s north. It offers social enterprises, education programs and urban farms that provide knowledge and practical skills for growing food, growing community and responding to climate issues.
Stupid Old Studios, nominated by Moreland City Council
Stupid Old Studios is an all-in-one production house located in Brunswick. They produce high-quality, innovative video, audio and livestreaming content for government, NGOs, businesses and individuals, all with a comedic flair.
Partners and sponsorship
The NBAA recognise the achievements of businesses in Melbourne’s north.
Attendance at these breakfasts provides organisations with exposure to over 200 people consisting of a cross-section of business leaders from across the region.
Corporate sponsors receive extensive promotional presence and discounts to attend the breakfast series.
Previous NBAA winners
Follow the link to the legacy NBAA website and read about previous nominees and winners.
2021 naming rights partners and sponsors
Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
The Victorian Government sponsors the Business of the Year Award
The Inner North Community Foundation is an independent community foundation based in Melbourne’s inner north and is one of more than 35 community foundations across Australia. The Foundation manages philanthropic dollars to provide funds for projects that create prosperous, connected and cohesive communities in Melbourne’s inner north, particularly encouraging pathways to employment.
The Inner North Community Foundation sponsors the Philanthropy and Community Service Award
The La Trobe Business School conducts industry relevant research, teaching and learning that makes a difference to the local and global communities it serves. It is a community of students, academics and professionals committed to enhancing business learning through education and research that is innovative, responsible and engaged.
The La Trobe Business School sponsors the Young Business Achiever Awards
Macpherson Kelley works with clients in the mid-market to achieve excellent commercial outcomes. Its client base includes manufacturers, subsidiaries of international companies and the service industry.
Macpherson Kelley sponsors the Human Resources Award
MatchWorks is Victoria’s largest employment services provider with over 14 years’ experience. MatchWorks has offices throughout regional Victoria and the north and west of Melbourne. For organisations that need staff, MatchWorks provides a quality service to help fill employment vacancies free of charge.
MatchWorks sponsors the Customer Service Award
Melbourne Polytechnic courses are developed in conjunction with industry to give students real-life skills for real-world workplaces delivered by friendly, knowledgeable teachers. The Institute offers over 250 nationally accredited courses with an extensive range of short courses, allowing participants to explore the possibility of further training.
Melbourne Polytechnic sponsors the Workplace Diversity Award
Options Consulting Group is a client driven human resources solutions provider. Adopting a consultative approach, they believe that sustainable competitive business advantage is delivered through people. Options Consulting Group has worked with Australian based organisations across several industry sectors, providing service and support locally, nationally, regionally and globally.
Options Consulting Group sponsors the Outstanding Initiative in Manufacturing Award
OET is an internationally recognised English language test for people in the healthcare sector. OET provides employers and regulators with the confidence that their workforce is equipped with the necessary language and communication skills that ensure safe care and quality patient outcomes. OET can be used as a part of the recruitment process, as professional development or as a part of compliance requirements.
OET sponsors the Innovation and Enterprise Award
Pitcher Partners have the resources and depth of expertise of a major firm, with a boutique firm feel. They give their clients the highest level of personal service and attention. With a focus on the middle-market, they are an association of independent full-service accounting, audit and advisory firms with a long standing reputation for providing superior expertise to their clients.