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 3 June
Thursday 2 September
Thursday 2 December

2020 Northern Business Achievement Awards Grand Finale

Clare Bowditch

Congratulations to all of our 2020 Northern Business Achievement Award winners.


Business of the Year

Floridia Cheese

Best Start-Up or Microbusiness

Blue Pear Pantry

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Chair’s Award

Repurpose It

Customer Service Award

Sealane Group

Export Award

Floridia Cheese

Human Resources Award

Sage Business Group

Industry Education Award

Dulux Australia

Innovation and Enterprise Award

Posture Balance

Outstanding Initiative in Manufacturing Award

Glenroy Bakery

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Philanthropy and Community Service Award

Moon Rabbit

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Sustainability Award

Ben Hutchinson Landscapes

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Technology and Design Innovation Award

Ultralift Australia

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Workplace Diversity Award

Mocopan Coffee

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Student Placement Employer of the Year Award

Floridia Cheese

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Placement Student of the Year Award

Pallavi Martolia

2020 Nominees

October 2020 breakfast:

Dulux Australia, nominated by Hume City Council

Dulux is Australia’s a leading manufacturer of decorative, powder, texture, protective and wood coatings products, with origins going back to 1918. Decorative paints are manufactured at Merrifield, where Dulux opened its state-of-the-art water based paints factory in 2018. Dulux has a consistent record of growth and is a recognised market leader.

Sage Business Group, nominated by Hume City Council

Sage Business Group is a financial services firm based in Sunbury that is committed to providing clients with results that exceed expectations. The business achieves this through its core purpose, which is to provide clients with lasting financial security, with a balanced lifestyle through education.

Blue Pear Pantry, nominated by Nillumbik Shire Council

Blue Pear Pantry produces handcrafted pastries for foodservice, wholesale/retail and direct online sales. All ingredients are sourced locally and direct from farmers wherever possible. Blue Pear Pantry is proud to be an environmentally conscious business incorporating eco-friendly containers for retail products, recyclable packaging, local suppliers, through to composting of green waste.

Ben Hutchison Landscapes, nominated by Nillumbik Shire Council

Ben Hutchinson Landscapes specialises in Australian native landscape design. Ben’s passion for native plants, natural water features and sustainability ensures the success of each project. Sustainability is at the heart of the business, with a focus on maximising available rainwater, regionally and sustainably sourced materials wherever possible, and use of indigenous and Australian native plants.

Young Business Achievers

Kale Nairn, Hume Tennis and Community Centre (Hume City Council)
Nicholas Jamison, Hot Coals Catering (Nillumbik Shire Council)

August 2020 breakfast:

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Glenroy Bakery, nominated by Moreland City Council

Glenroy Bakery specialises in a diverse variety of freshly baked products. Starting out as a one-man operation in 1961, as a wholesale bread supplier they’ve grown to become one of the best wholesale suppliers of bakery products in Melbourne with an extensive range of savoury and sweet products. Using the finest ingredients and produced to the highest standards, customer satisfaction and food safety are cornerstones of this business.

Posture Balance, nominate by Moreland City Council

Since 1999 Posture Balance, an ergonomic seating specialist has designed and manufactured products which can be customised to suit individuals in their specific workplace which aid in the prevention of posture-related injury. Posture Balance’s full manufacturing and design facility in Coburg North created the first ever seating product in the world that can genuinely suit 95% of every working population.

Floridia Cheese, nominated by City of Whittlesea

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.

Repurpose It, nominated by City of Whittlesea

Repurpose It was founded in March 2017 on the fundamental belief that landfills are a thing of the past and all waste can be converted to valuable resource. After extensive research into world’s best practise recycling technologies and extensive research overseas, the business identified an opportunity to invest in a state of the art washing facility that treats contaminated soil, excavation waste and glass and converts it into high value engineering materials such as sand, aggregates and clay utilised back in construction applications.

Young Business Achievers

Lochlan UmseherPosture Balance, Young Business Achiever for Moreland City Council

Alexander Pisani, Coffee Hit Epping, Young Business Achiever for City of Whittlesea

March 2020 breakfast:

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Sealane, nominated by Banyule City Council

Sealane Group provides broadline food service, retail distribution and third party logistics under Parkland Logistics. The company supplies an extensive range of frozen, chilled, dry groceries, food, packaging and cleaning products to a broad range of businesses and organisations.

Ultralift Australia, nominated by Banyule City Council

Ultralift Australia is a family-owned business that has operated for over 20 years as a premier provider of motorised lift devices for audio-visual equipment. Their products are all designed and manufactured locally in Heidelberg West with an expert team of mechanical design engineers.

Mocopan, nominated by City of Darebin

Mocopan has been enriching your coffee experience for almost 60 years. They carefully select and blend different bean varieties from all over the coffee-growing regions of the world.

Moon Rabbit, nominated by City of Darebin

Moon Rabbit is a low-waste, environmentally innovative social-enterprise café from Bridge Darebin. Supporting a training program for disadvantaged young people, Moon Rabbit is reimagining hospitality by putting people and the planet first.

Young Business Achievers

Molly Cochrane, Leni Swims, Young Business Achiever for Banyule City Council

Merve Onder,  Islamic Museum of Australia, Young Business Achiever for City of Darebin

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.

2020 naming rights partners and sponsors

Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

The Victorian Government sponsors the Business of the Year Award

AusIndustry is the Australian Government’s business program delivery division in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. It delivers over 30 programs – including grants, tax and duty concessions, small business development, industry support and venture capital – worth about $2 billion to over 10,000 businesses and 80,000 individuals annually.

AusIndustry sponsors the Innovation and Enterprise Award

Bank of Melbourne logo

Bank of Melbourne is Victoria’s local bank, dedicated to the needs of Victorians and their businesses. Its bankers have deep sector knowledge and specialisation to best support the industries they serve and give customers access to a depth of Victorian knowledge and insight.

Bank of Melbourne sponsors of the Best Start Up or Microbusiness 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

Matthews Steer is north-west Melbourne’s premier business consultancy. Evolving from a one-man practice to a two-man partnership to now having a team of over 40 staff, Matthews Steer continues to grow. They believe that strategic planning is critical to the profit and growth of a business.

Matthews Steer sponsors the Export 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

Backed by years of experience in the IT industry, Readiitel’s expert team is able to assist by tailoring our cloud solutions and ICT services to the specific needs of individual clients .Our 24/7 support team is always on standby to assist you so you’re never alone when you encounter a problem – no matter the day or time.

Readiitel sponsors the Technology Innovation Award

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Snap provides an end-to-end printing service, with the ability to implement every aspect of your printing requirements, from the initial brief and graphic design through to printing and the finishing touches such as mounting, laminating and binding. Their aim is to present and deliver print solutions which delight, not just satisfy.

Snap sponsors the Industry Engagement Award