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, Merri-bek​, 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.

2022 Breakfast dates

Thursday 1 December

Thursday 1 September

Thursday 2 June

Thursday 3 March

Thursday 1 December, 2022

Guest speaker: Victor Perton

Author of ‘Optimism: The How and Why’ as well as founder, CEO and Chief Optimism Officer at The Centre for Optimism.

Event time: 7.00am – 9.00am
Registration from 6.45am

Location: The Centre Ivanhoe
275 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe

Ticket price: $60 pp

RSVP: Wednesday 23 November, 7 pm

Victor Perton

Victor Perton

Author of 'Optimism: The How and Why' as well as founder, CEO and Chief Optimism Officer at The Centre for Optimism.

The Centre for Optimism is a think-tank dedicated to asking people, ‘What makes you Optimistic?’ and fostering the realistic and infectious optimism the world needs in the 2020s.
Victor is a board member of Yarra Valley Water and chair of its Leadership Culture and Diversity Committee.

Grand Finale 2022 Nominees

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Royal Nut Company

Nominated by Merri-bek City Council

Royal Nut Company is a family-owned business dedicated to sourcing, manufacturing and supplying the finest quality nuts, nut butters, dried fruit, legumes and grains, health foods, confectionery, snack foods and spices. With almost 35 years of experience, the company prides itself on continually delivering outstanding service and sharing its passion for food with customers.

This is the logo for Brunswick Aces

Brunswick Aces

Nominated by Merri-bek City Council

Brunswick Aces is a botanical distillery in the heart of Melbourne’s north, creating both alcoholic and non-alcoholic spirits. Pioneering the non-alcoholic movement as Australia’s first non-alcoholic distillers and opening Australia’s first non-alcoholic bar, the company aims to normalise moderation in alcohol consumption and ensure that everyone feels welcome with a drink in hand. 

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Last Hurrah Funerals

Nominated by City of Darebin

The Last Hurrah co-creates original funerals for unique people and end of life care and rituals. They offer a circle of support to the dying and their people. Offerings are sustainable and wholistic, including free cardboard caskets and other eco-friendly options. The Last Hurrah provides the community with truly compassionate deathcare. 

This is the logo for Fungi Solutions

Fungi Solutions

Nominated by City of Darebin

Fungi Solutions is a social enterprise working to reduce reliance on harmful petrochemicals and, instead, utilise undervalued resources to generate revenue for communities. Their goal is to sequester carbon and produce bio-regenerative material solutions for Australian enterprises nationwide by establishing a myco-cycling industry, creating value wherever there is waste. 

iBuild Building Solutions

iBuild Building Solutions 

Nominated by City of Hume

iBuild is an award-winning fast growing supplier and manufacturer of prefabricated buildings including kit homes and modular building. Operating from their Campbellfield factory, they design, manufacture, fabricate, package, and deliver stylish, smart, flexible buildings for their clients across residential, commercial, and government sectors in Australia and around the world. 

By harnessing digital offsite-construction technologies and digital manufacturing, iBuild aspire to become Australia’s leading provider of kit homes and modular buildings. 

Krash and Co

Krash & Co. 

Nominated by City of Hume

Krash & Co. is a locally orientated cafe in Sunbury serving, vegan, vegetarian and dietary sensitive food (alongside some of your not so healthy favourites). They are dedicated to offering food that allows everyone to enjoy eating out while supporting other local businesses through cross promotion, ensuring to use local suppliers (80 per cent of their suppliers are from within the Hume/Macedon ranges areas) and by helping small business start-ups. 



Nominated by City of Banyule

Upzeez provides mothers with safe, practical and stylish solutions for baby nursery furniture. They bring convenience and ease to the nursery by creating functional cots, furniture and accessories that protect babies – and those caring for them. 

Upzeez simply want to raise the standard for all parents and carers regardless of their physical ability. 

The Greenery Garden and Home

The Greenery Home and Garden

Nominated by City of Banyule

The Greenery Garden & Home is a second generation family business. Under new leadership it is creating a different type of retail experience, embracing garden and home with an emphasis on food. There are a lot more changes and developments to come.

The Greenery Garden and Home


Nominated by City of Whittlesea

PACKQUEEN is a packaging company that manufactures locally in Thomastown. They help small and large businesses with packaging products, from design and presentation through to postage. Starting with a handful of products 15 years ago, they now have over 5000 stock line products as well as the ability to custom manufacture. 

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Wine In A Glass

Nominated by City of Whittlesea

Wine In A Glass offers consumers and distributors the convenience of premium Australian wine pre-filled in a fully recyclable wine glass. Proud supporters of Australian wineries, they are Australian owned, bottled and packed. Wine In A Glass serves businesses, events, sports venues, cinemas and hotels, and now exports into international markets.

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Buttermans Track Wines

Nominated by Nillumbik Shire Council

Buttermans Track Wines is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery located in the heart of St Andrews. Established in 1991, they produce hand crafted, premium quality wines from the finest estate-grown fruit, with minimal chemical and technological intervention. Visitors are welcome to enjoy tastings and refreshments in their outdoor area.  

Wine in a glass logo

Naught Distilling

Nominated by Nillumbik Shire Council

Naught Distilling is a gin distillery located in Eltham. After crafting more than 300 distillations, owner Chris Cameron found what he was looking for – the result is an award-winning Australian dry gin. His goal now is to extend the circle of Naught to gin lovers around the world. 

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.

2022 naming rights partners and sponsors

Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

The Victorian Government sponsors the Business of the Year Award

Inner North Community Foundation Logo

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

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business nbn sponsors the Technology Innovation 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