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Habitat HQ in St Kilda was named Business of the Year at a gala dinner held by the City of Port Phillip on the 22nd of October 2014.
Sustainability initiatives allowed Habitat HQ to slash water consumption by 651,000 litres a year and electricity consumption by 13.8 per cent. Other eco-friendly touches include organised volunteering trips and “green leaves” which guests can buy to donate to green programs.
The 2014 awards involved 29 finalists across 11 award categories. People’s Choice Awards and two inductees to the Port Phillip Hall of Fame were also announced.
Port Phillip is home to 18,200 businesses, which pump $11 billion into the local economy annually.
“These awards are a terrific way of showcasing the business community’s achievements and inspiring others with best business practices in sustainability, innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and customer service,” Port Phillip Mayor Amanda Stevens said.
Habitat HQ’s innovation was typical of the diverse winners.
“These awards show that whether a business is big or small, innovation and great customer service will set them apart,” Cr Stevens said.
“From day care for dogs to education programs combatting child sexual abuse, all these Port Phillip businesses offer something special for customers and clients.”
Internationally successful skate/surf business, Globe International, was inducted to the Hall of Fame. A posthumous induction award to Donlevy Fitzpatrick, a pioneer in the City’s food scene who succeeded in changing liquor licensing, was accepted by his son Gio.
Business of the Year:
Open Door Coaching Group
Medium and Large Businesses:
Port Phillip Housing Association
Fernwood Women’s Health Club
Partnership and Corporate Social Responsibility – Corporate:
Luv-a-Duck Pty Ltd
Partnership and Corporate Social Responsibility - NFP:
Jewish Museum of Australia
Creative and Cultural Industries:
Innovation and Entrepreneurship:
People’s Choice Winners:
St Kilda: Kotch Lane
Elwood: Grumpy Swimmer
Port Melbourne: Australian Property Buyers
South Melbourne: Vic Beach (volleyball)
Albert Park/Middle Park: Andrews Burgers
Rippon Lea: The Staple Store
Port Phillip Business Hall of Fame Inductees:
Globe International and Donlevy Fitzpatrick (awarded posthumously)