The 33rd Annual WSABE Gala & Ceremony
Greater Western Sydney leadership was on show at the 33rd Annual Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence Gala.
Winners for the 33rd Annual Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence (WSABE) platform, founded by the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce, were announced on Friday the 13th October, 2023. The evening commenced at 5:15pm and was proudly hosted at the luxurious Doltone House in Western Sydney. Nearly 700 of Greater Western Sydney’s key professionals, businesses, social enterprises, and entrepreneurs came together in a shared celebration, showcasing Australia’s third-largest economy, the Greater Western Sydney region.
Hosted by Master of Ceremonies, Media Personality and Sports Presenter, Stephanie Brantz, the 2023 WSABE Awards Gala was a fine dining experience interlaced with segments from the Baker Boys Band, and multiple addresses by government and key stakeholders, including Luke Magee, President of Parramatta Chamber, and Rosa Bellissimo, Chair of WSABE.
The 2023 WSABE winners were conferred across 12 dynamic award categories, recognising excellence across a broad range of industries and fields.
It was a great pleasure to welcome you at the 33rd Annual WSABE Gala and celebrate the accomplishments of the Greater Western Sydney business community under the theme GLITZ & GLAM.
WSABE 2023 Gala welcomed Stephanie Brantz as our Master of Ceremonies. Stephanie Brantz is a sports presenter, commentator and reporter, who has worked with ESPN, SEN 1170, the ABC, Nine and Fox Sports. She is chair of the DFAT Sports Diplomacy Advisory Council and a director of Football NSW.
WSABE was pleased to welcome and announce The Hon. Chris Minns MP as our Key Note Speaker in 2023. Chris Minns is the current premier of New South Wales since 28 March 2023. He has been the leader of the New South Wales branch of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) since June 2021 and a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the division of Kogarah since 2015.
WSABE 2023 Gala was thrilled to welcome Maria Kovacic Liberal Senator for New South Wales. Senator Maria Kovacic has worked across the commercial, public, and not-for-profit sectors and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has a particular interest and expertise in governance, finance, small business, and community engagement. Maria served as the Liberal Party (New South Wales Division) President, leading the organisational wing of the party.
The WSABE Gala Experience
WSABE was pleased to share the amazing talent of Taras. A talented musician based in Sydney who specialises in composition and electrifying harp performances. Our guests were treated to the enchanting melodies of his electric harp, filling the atmosphere with beautiful sounds. Taras has been featured on Buzzfeed, Xplore Sydney, Humans of Newtown and in a Foxtel commercial.
BAKER BOYS BAND
‘High Energy Live Music to Pack Your Dance Floor!’ The Baker Boys Band are live music experts, wedding enthusiasts, and party starters. They are there to increase the rhythm of an event with the help of music! The Baker Boys are a premium, customisable 3 to 14 piece band specialising in high-energy music for festivals, weddings, corporate events, and private functions.
Adam Axford is a magician, wordsmith & author. Presenting on stage or performing in the crowd, Adam creates impossible moments that connect, inspire and blow people’s minds. Growing up in an entrepreneurial home Adam worked in the family business since a child, primarily as a stall-holder in street markets across London.
Consistent Government Engagement
On an annual basis, the WSABE Gala secures representation from key leaders at a local, state and federal level. Over the years WSABE welcomed speaking engagements from the below parliamentarians and key leaders.
The Hon. Dr. Geoff Lee MP
Former Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly, Member for Parramatta, Minister for Corrections
An Unforgettable Experience
“Receiving the 2016 WSABE Business of the Year Award (along a few others), has been a truly satisfying experience that has catapulted Sparks+Partners into the spotlight based on genuine hard work, reward and recognition. Competing with so many other talented Western Sydney businesses was an honour and an opportunity to discover new connections and uncover the best in the west. We encourage anyone considering entering to take the plunge, the effort and experience is absolutely worthwhile.”
– Leon Dimino, Sparks+Partners Consulting Engineers Managing Director
“ The WSABE award is not one to be on a mantle, the flow on effect and power of the award certainly has surpassed my expectations, with continued personal and business growth. From an avid awards goer, the WSABE awards, I would have to say are the pinnacle of any awards program for business success”
– Gina Field, Nepean Regional Security Managing Director
“The WSABE awards are a great way to showcase the amazing contributions of extraordinary people right across Greater Western Sydney. We are very proud as a non-profit organisation to be awarded finalist in the Excellence of Social Enterprise category for 2017. We look forward to continuing to promote the great work that is being done in the community sector and all who work in it. I commend WSABE for providing a platform where Greater Western Sydney businesses and community groups can come together and be celebrated.”
– One Hotels and Apartments – Parramatta Mission
“We at the Greater Western Sydney GIANTS were delighted to receive the marketing award at the 2016 WSABE Gala Dinner. Being part of the community of organisations associated with the Chamber along with those who attended on the night gives us a genuine connection with business within Western Sydney. The process in the lead up to the awards night including the nomination process was seamless and we were honoured that our marketing campaign won this award and can therefore be seen to resonate with the community in which we are part of.”
– Rebecca Shaw, GWS Giants, General Manager Marketing and Consumer
On behalf of DCL Engineering we are very grateful and honored to be receiving this award – WSABE Patrons Choice for 2021.
61 years ago this year, my father, Bill Green started our Company and this award is a testament to his dedicated hard work & work ethic and a recognition of our company’s continual growth.
I would like to thank this wonderful team who continues to drive the business, helping with our investment in new technologies and providing the business with the platform and resources to be able to develop, grow and innovate.
Thank you to the WSABE and the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity and the recognition.
We look forward to our next 60 years of further innovations for DCL Engineering.
-Greg Green, DCL Engineering, Managing Director.
To win the Excellence in Arts and Culture Award for the second year in a row is deeply validating especially as they coincide with the two hard years of COVID. Within and without the organisation it confirms we are making the difference we hope to achieve, galvanising us into a common purpose. For every member of the team, the over 100 artists we employ, the over 70 partners we work with, the recognition of the excellence we achieve through our programs and for the people we serve energises us to continue to provide the platform for our stories to be told and celebrated.
-Michael Campbell, WestWords Executive Director.
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