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.

2021 breakfast dates

Thursday 4 March
Thursday 15 July
Thursday 2 September
Thursday 2 December

2021 Nominees

September 2021 breakfast:

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Hot Haus Glass Studio, nominated by Banyule City Council 

Laurel and Amanda share a common passion; glass blowing. It is what brought them together and it is what founded their beautiful hot glass studio – Hot Haus Glass Studio. They create homewares, lighting and exhibition works in glass. They also manufacture for prominent Australian designers and run educational classes for the general public.

Marshall Street Studios, nominate by Banyule City Council

Marshall Street Studios is Australia’s first 24-hour membership-based music studio. They offer artists round-the-clock access to gear and a co-working space. This allows individuals producing music to come together in one creative environment so that they are no longer working in isolation.

Free to Feed, nominated by City of Darebin

Free to Feed is a not-for-profit social enterprise, founded in 2015, that helps people seeking asylum to find meaningful employment and facilitate community interconnectivity. It runs two dynamic training, employment and professional development programs and provides a nurturing and empowering work environment designed to build a strong and supportive community. 

The Mushroom Place, nominated by City of Darebin

Family owned and operated since 1987, The Mushroom Place is a grower and supplier of a wide variety of mushrooms. Employing a diverse workforce of over 130 people, their focus is to ensure customers receive the highest grade product that is harvested from the bed, packaged and available within 24 hours.

Young Business Achievers

Caleb Otswald, Verve Collective, Young Business Achiever for Banyule City Council 

Rose Stewart, The Koorie Circle and Clothing the Gaps, Young Business Achiever for City of Darebin 

June 2021 breakfast:

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M&M Printworks, nominated by Nillumbik Shire Council

M&M Printworks were established in 1995 and employ many locals providing printed items for local industry and community groups. M&M Printworks are heavily committed to the environment and the community and are constantly adapting and changing to technology and customer requirements.

Restaurant St Lawrence, nominate by Nillumbik Shire Council

Restaurant St Lawrence is a small restaurant in Hurstbridge owned by two chefs who grew up in Nillumbik. The restaurant opened shortly before the pandemic hit and continued to offer coffee and cake to the local community throughout and also delivers affordable casual fine dining to a close knit community. They are now operating under COVID safe restrictions and love serving customers in their modern restaurant.

Softmed, nominated by Hume City Council

Softmed is Australia’s largest manufacturer of medical grade PPE, specialising in the production and distribution of healthcare and PPE products. Their state-of-the-art facility includes a testing laboratory, Level 7 clean room and sterile manufacturing capabilities.

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. 

Young Business Achievers

Nick Restall, Integra Systems, Young Business Achiever for Hume City Council

Benny Archer, Gallery7six5, Young Business Achiever for Nillumbik Shire Council

March 2021 breakfast:

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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.

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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.

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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. 

Young Business Achievers

Jessica Kate Wall, Bertocchi Smallgoods (City of Whittlesea)

Ai-Thi Ngo, Delicia Acai + Protein Bar (Moreland City Council)

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.

For sponsorship information, contact Chris James on:
03 9479 3336 or

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

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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

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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.

Pitcher Partners sponsors the Export Award