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.

You can fill out the 2019 NBAA survey by clicking here.

You can read the 2019 NBAA Grand Finale media release by clicking here.

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.


September 2019 breakfast:

Chancez Cafes by Araluen, nominated by Banyule City Council

Araluen provides high quality support for 250 adults with intellectual disability. Their five Chancez Cafes prepare people for mainstream employment or further training by offering hands-on skill development options, workforce exposure and hospitality training.

Omnitech Playgrounds, nominated by Banyule City Council

Omnitech Playgrounds has over 30 years of manufacturing experience. Their playgrounds are proudly Australian owned and made with equipment manufacturing in their West Heidelberg factory. The range includes new, refurbished and customised play spaces.

Hawkers Beer, nominated by City of Darebin

Hawkers is an independent company that aims to convert 100% of the market to drinking better beers. Established in 2015 with four staff, they now employ almost 50 people at their state-of-the-art brewery in Reservoir.

Spark Health, nominated by City of Darebin

Spark Health delivers health promotion programs in workplaces, schools, playgroups, correctional and complex environments, specialising in Aboriginal community engagement. Profits from its fashion label ‘Clothing the Gap’ support health promotion activities for Aboriginal communities.

Young Business Achievers

Samatar Yusuf, Bright Young Minds, Young Business Achiever for Banyule City Council

Keylee Gunn, Modern Orthodontics, Young Business Achiever for City of Darebin

June 2019 breakfast:

Combo, nominated by Moreland City Council

The Combo IT team helps businesses by implementing and supporting technologies that create value – specifically, analysing the technical status quo and providing an IT roadmap that outlines a technology direction and budget. This frees businesses to get on with what they are experts at and leaves the IT in safe hands.

Transit Dance, nominate by Moreland City Council

Transit Dance is a Melbourne based dance training institution offering nationally recognised qualifications aimed at training and transitioning students into their dance careers. With more than 150 students per year, Transit Dance has a focus on small capped classes and career progression.

Limelight, nominated by City of Whittlesea

LimeLite is a lighting design and manufacturing company that specialises in manufacturing Australian made lighting for the commercial and architectural sector. LimeLite’s point of difference is in embracing technology and innovation, resulting in establishment of the world’s first additive manufacturing hub that involves the 3D printing of lights.

That’s Amore Cheese, nominated by City of Whittlesea

That’s Amore Cheese is a fine Italian-style cheese producer and leader in the dairy industry. Founder and cheese maker Giorgio Linguanti was the first to introduce some iconic cheeses into the Australian market. Its artisan cheeses are 100 per cent natural, preservative-free and handmade following traditional recipes, using locally sourced milk.

Young Business Achievers

Sharnie Robinson, Ferguson Plarre, Young Business Achiever for City of Whittlesea

Ella Brothers, Combo, Young Business Achiever for Moreland City Council

March 2019 breakfast:

Brite, nominated by Hume City Council

Brite provides opportunity and support through training and employment for people living with a disability or who are vocationally disadvantaged.

Naturally Good, nominated by Hume City Council

Naturally Good make a wide variety of products including snacks, cookies and crispbreads. They have a range of ‘free from’ products too, including gluten, dairy, wheat and egg free, as well as vegan options.

Bio2Lab, nominated by Nillumbik Shire Council

Bio2Lab is a research consultancy providing innovative environmental monitoring and assessment solutions. It offers strategic advice to give stakeholders and clients a deeper understanding of environmental science.

Hot Coals Catering, nominated by Nillumbik Shire Council

Hot Coals Catering is a mobile event catering company supplying tasty, authentic wood fired catering. Their mobile catering team can provide finger foods and buffets right through to sit-down meals, bringing their trailer-mounted wood-fired ovens or using your facilities.

Young Business Achievers

Shima Rahmatizadeh, EngJunior, Young Business Achiever for Hume City Council

Ellie Dunstan, Dress Hire AU, Young Business Achiever for Nillumbik Shire 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.

2019 naming rights partners and sponsors

Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

The Victorian Government sponsors the Business of the Year Award

Acer’s product range includes laptop and desktop PCs, tablets, smartphones, monitors, projectors and cloud solutions for home users, business, government and education. In the early 2000s, Acer implemented a new business model, shifting from a manufacturer to a designer, marketer and distributor of products, while performing production processes via contract manufacturers.

Acer sponsors the Industry Education Engagement 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 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

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

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

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 Northern Business Achievement Awards MC

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