Shortlist for top spot

Former Mayor and current City of Casey councillor Sam Aziz, with Michelle from GAIA Skin Naturals, the Winner of 2012 Business of the Year. Picture: DONNA OATES 87608

THE top businesses in Casey were recognised last night (Wednesday) after the announcement of this year’s Casey Business Award Finalists.
Finalists were shortlisted from more than 90 nominations and announced at a cocktail function held at Monash University.
City of Casey Mayor Amanda Stapledon attended the function and spoke about the importance of the awards.
“The Casey Business Awards acknowledge and celebrate the many outstanding businesses operating in the City of Casey,” she said.
“It is an opportunity to recognise excellence among our 19,500 businesses and support the thriving local business community.”
The awards are now in their fourth year and, according to Cr Stapledon, the calibre of businesses is increasing each year.
“Each year the number and quality of entrants continues to grow making the judging process extremely difficult due to the high standard of the entrants,” she said.
“In fact, the quality was so high that judges of both independent panels had to consider the small factors that gave our finalists that extra edge.”
Cr Stapledon congratulated those who were made finalists this year.
The 2013 Casey Business Awards winners will be announced on Thursday 17 October 2013 at Arthur Wren Hall in Hampton Park.

Finalists for the 2013 Casey Business Awards are:
Agriculture and Primary Industries of the Year Award
Berwick Speedy Seedlings
Corrigan’s Produce Farms
J D Propagation
Business and Professional Services of the Year Award
O’Brien Real Estate
Platinum Real Estate
Successful Endeavours
Health, Education and Wellbeing of the Year Award
Blue Hills Residences
Eco Kids Childcare Centre
Kelly Sports (Berwick)
Yoga Plus
Home Based Business of the Year Award
Kelly Sports (Berwick)
Ooh La La Cupcakes
Travel Managers (Narre Warren South)
Hospitality and Tourism of the Year Award
Ambrosia café/bar- foodstore
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
The Fish & Chip Shop (Cranbourne)
Manufacturer of the Year Award
Successful Endeavours
Wastech Engineering
New Business of the Year Award
Casey Childcare & Kindergarten
Shuzoku Martial Arts
Yoga Plus
Retailer of the Year Award
Clipper World
iBare Giftware
Inspirations Paint
Social Enterprise of the Year Award
Blairlogie Living and Learning Inc.
Ooh La La Cupcakes
Stepping Up Consortium
Trades and Construction of the Year Award
Inspirations Paint
TRJ Engineering