Three Greek-owned businesses have won in their respective categories at the St George Local Business Awards this year.
In the ‘Outstanding Bakery / Cake Business’ category, The Good Filo in Ramsgate came out on top of other finalists including Christopher’s Cake Shop in Kogarah and Piccola Cannoli Bar in South Hurstville.
The owners of The Good Filo, Nick and Martine Delaveris, tell The Greek Herald they’re “absolutely thrilled to have won” and to be recognised for their fresh handmade sweets, cakes and pastries which are made “using the finest local and imported Greek ingredients.”
“It’s been an incredibly challenging year not only for us but for all small businesses. We are so proud of our FILO team and so grateful to our customers and the local community for their ongoing support,” the owners say.
“We encourage everyone to continue staying strong and support local businesses, who are all winners in our eyes.”
Elsewhere, in the ‘Outstanding Business Services’ category, Work It! With Kathy G in Ramsgate was also crowned the winner. Kathy Goussis, the owner of the beauty business, tells The Greek Herald she was overwhelmed with happiness after finding out she had won.
“I am overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation for everyone who supports my business. It makes the hard work truly worth it,” Kathy says.
“Providing eyelash extensions as a service is such a rewarding career and I thank God every day for guiding me on this journey.”
The iconic Gyradiko Bexley also won in its category of ‘Outstanding Fast Food / Takeaway’ over other finalists such as Chicken Licious in Rockdale and Nieos Grille Express in Ramsgate.
“We were established in 2014 and since then we’ve received support from all over Sydney. It’s been astounding and we thank our customers for making Gyradiko what it is,” Gyradiko Bexley owner, Kosta Giannakaros, tells The Greek Herald.
“We’re a family-run business and we use the finest ingredients, provide good customer service and quality food so it is nice to be recognised for that.”
In the ‘Restaurant – Fine Dining’ category, George and Pav Andreou from Lugarno Seafood were crowned winners. This was their third time in a row winning their category.
In the ‘Automotive Services’ category, Greek-owned business, JDC Automotive in Lugarno also beat out finalists such as Elite Pro Tuning in Riverwood.
Vicky Zafiropoulos from Hairem Hairdressing also won in the ‘Hairdresser’ category of the awards, whilst siblings, Diana Valsamis and George Christodoulou, from The Kyle Bay on Georges River won the ‘Most Outstanding Specialised Business’ Award.
To top it all off, Stephenie Tziomakis from Meeting Morgan won ‘Outstanding Cafe,’ Denise and Chris Kouroupakis from Kogarah Town Centre Deli won ‘Oustanding Delicatessen/Gourmet Food,’ Raine & Horne Sans Souci won ‘Outstanding Real Estate Agency’ and Maria Fellas from Emoda Couture won ‘Specialised Retail Business.’
The St George Business Awards, which are hosted by Precedent Productions, acknowledge the drive and dedication required to succeed in business and recognises the best in local industry across over 25 categories.