On Thursday 17th June, at the Better Business Partnership Awards, the best local businesses who exemplify sustainability in their respective industries across the Ku-ring-gai, North Sydney and Willoughby City Council areas, were recognised for their achievements. Out of the 52 local business finalists, the winners and runner-ups in 9 diverse category industry areas were announced.



North Sydney Mayor, Jilly Gibson presented the 2021 Better Business of the Year Award to Sessions Hairdressing – a boutique sustainable hair salon owned by Nicole Inskip. Jilly said the Council was proud to have a McMahons Point business win the Better Business of the Year Award. “Nicole is a leader in sustainability, not only locally but within her industry. It was inspiring to hear that her business, Sessions Hairdressing, is the first in Australia to be BCorp certified. I congratulate Nicole and her team for their wonderful achievements.”

Nicole Inskip, the owner of Sessions Hairdressing was overwhelmed and thrilled to be the winner of two awards – Retails Services and 2021 Better Business of the Year. “It was a beautiful and inspiring evening surrounded by like-minded businesses passionate about sustainability and I am honoured to have taken home two awards. I am humbled to see the range of contributions in sustainability from all businesses and I feel a renewed excitement that together we will impact positive change.”



The People’s Choice Award as voted by the public was given to The Uniform Exchange – a second hand uniform shop based in Pymble whose goal is to ensure no uniform or text book ends up in landfill. The public got behind their favourite businesses with over 1700 votes in total placed.

Sue Turner, owner of The Uniform Exchange is passionate about her purpose; “Every uniform and text book we receive is either resold to local parents or if un-sellable but wearable is sent to another who can use. There are so many dis-advantaged children in underprivileged countries in the world. School uniforms are designed to be long lasting and used again and again – we cannot let this reusable resource be wasted.”

Winners of 2021 by Category


Retail (Product Based) Business

Winner: The Uniform Exchange
Runner Up: Neo Australia

Office Based and Professional Services

Winner: Interactive
Runner Up: Bijl Architecture

Food Services


Winner: Cassius Cafe
Runner Up: The North Spoon and Flat Rock Cafe


Winner: Little Steps East Lindfield
Runner Up: Devonshire Street Children’s Centre

Retail Services

Winner: Sessions Hairdressing
Runner Up: Sudu Hair

Social Enterprise and Community

Winner: Worn Up
Runner Up: North Sydney Community Centre

Shopping Centres and Markets

Winner: St Ives Shopping Village
Runner Up: Chatswood Chase

Light Industrial and Manufacturing

Winner: Shed Eleven
Runner Up: Evoke

Pubs, Clubs, Leisure and Fitness

Winner: North Sydney Yoga
Runner Up: Sydney by Kayak

Finalists of 2021 by Category


Retail (Product Based) Business

The Retail (Product Based) Business category includes businesses that sell any product based retail other than fresh food which is served for immediate consumption.  Packaged consumable food items (including nuts, chocolate, honey products and tea) are included in this category.   The business may be purely online or bricks and mortar (or a mixture of both).

The Uniform Exchange – Winner
Elegant Outdoors
Neo Australia – Runner Up
The Source Crows Nest
Natural Solar
French Affair


Office Based and Professional Services

Office based and professional services businesses category has now been streamlined by the removal of personal retail services offered by medical/dental practitioners and now in a separate Retail Services category.   Consultants, sole traders and micro-businesses who use their home or shared workspace as their office and visit clients remotely would be included in this category.

Content Box
Wildkids Australia
McNair Yellow Squares
Simplex Engineering
Northcroft Australia
Interactive – Winner
Bijl Architecture – Runner Up


Food Services

This category replaces the Cafes and Restaurants category and covers all fresh food serving businesses including cafes, restaurants, take-away food outlets and catering services.  These businesses have comparable approaches to waste (food waste), water usage, purchasing, single use plastic and the need to comply with regulations relating to food.

Brick Lane Espresso
Kiplings Garage Bar
The North Spoon – Runner Up
Cassius Cafe – Winner
Flat Rock Brew Cafe – Runner Up
The Steam Engine




Childcare is a well defined category in the Better Business Awards and there are no changes.  Childcare, early learning and preschools are eligible, both privately run and community based centres.

FitKidz Warrawee
East Lindfield Little Steps – Winner
KU West Pymble
Crows Nest Kindergarten
Northside Baptist Preschool
Chatswood ELC
Devonshire Street Children’s Centre – Runner Up


Retail Services

This is a new category that includes any service that is provided to consumers (not business to business) including beauty, dental, medical, massage, veterinary, day spas, pathology, hair dressing salons, physiotherapy and chiropractic.

Sudu Hair – Runner Up
Sessions Hair – Winner
4 Paws Vet
Castle Cove Family Dental


Social Enterprise and Community

A social enterprise is a business that has a primary stated objective as providing a solution to a social or environmental challenge.  It may be a not for profit, or a profit for purpose venture.  Community groups and charitable organisations with business goals are also included in this category.

The Possibility Project
Boomerang Bags Ku-ring-gai
North Sydney Community Centre – Runner Up
ACL Disability Services
Worn Up – Winner


Shopping Centres and Markets

The shopping centre and markets category is for the owners and managers of these establishments.  Overall energy, waste, water management are taken into account which will encompass individual retail and stall holders where applicable.  At the owner/manager level it is possible to influence the sustainability strategies of the retail and stall holders

St Ives Shopping Village – Winner
Turramurra Fresh Produce and Gourmet
Chatswood Chase – Runner Up
Northside Produce Market


Light Industrial and Manufacturing

Light industrial and manufacturing includes businesses which manufacture and produce products from basic materials, including recycled materials.  It also includes light industrial such as mechanics, panel beaters, trades and furniture makers, but excludes caterers who fall under Food Services.

Shed Eleven – Winner
Evoke – Runner Up
Maintained Urban Assets
Quad Services


Pubs, Clubs, Leisure and Fitness

This category contains all hospitality venues such as pubs, clubs and larger entertainment venues.  It also includes all leisure and fitness related businesses, big or small.  Some examples:  golf and bowling clubs, yoga and pilates studios, swimming pools, gyms, dance studios.  Pubs and clubs may serve food but they are also licensed venues.

Ku-ring-gai Fitness & Acquatic Centre
West Pymble Bicentennial Club
North Sydney Yoga – Winner
Sydney by Kayak – Runner Up
Miss Fit Dance Studios
Creative Sounds
Sterling Results Fitness


Better Business of the Year ’15
Earth Kids Turramurra
Better Business of the Year
’17 Urban Workstations
Better Business ’18
Turramurra Fresh Food & Gourmet