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Peoplecare named 2010 Integral Energy Illawarra Business of the Year

NSW Premier, Kristina Keneally was on hand to help celebrate the Illawarra Business Chamber’s night of nights as Peoplecare were named the 2010 Integral Energy Illawarra Business of the Year for the second time in three years at last night’s Integral Energy Illawarra Business Awards Gala Awards Dinner.

1030 business people from across the Illawarra gathered to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the region’s business community.

The Premier addressed the capacity audience and congratulated all finalists and Winners on the night.

The WIN Entertainment Centre was transformed to provide a spectacular setting for what is now recognised as the largest celebration of business success and endeavour in regional Australia.

Greg Fisher, CEO of the Illawarra Business Chamber, paid tribute to all winners and finalists, and described the awards night as the best yet.

Mr Fisher said: ‘Peoplecare is a worthy recipient of the 2010 Integral Energy Illawarra Business of the Year and are a true Illawarra success story.

‘They have 46 staff and provide health insurance to over 26,000 members covering 60,000 people throughout Australia.’

‘As well as once again proving to be a successful organisation, Peoplecare CEO, Michael Bassingthwaighte capped off the night by also winning the 2010 Illawarra Business Person of the Year’ Mr Fisher said.
‘Whilst the focus of the night was on those who won their categories, the IBC would like to recognise each of the finalists and thank all businesses that took the time to enter and participate’.

‘On behalf of the IBC, I would particularly like to thank our naming right sponsor Integral Energy who have supported this event for the past 16 years, and to our Gold sponsor Telstra, and to all our sponsors for their ongoing support.’ Mr Fisher said.

‘Without our sponsors support, this event would not be possible.

“The judging process is a key part in holding a successful Business Award event and without a robust judging process, entrants would not be fairly judged and the awards would hold no credibility. We are grateful to Warwick Shanks at KPMG for his management of the transparent process required for the judging of these awards’ said Mr Fisher.

Mr Fisher also paid a special thank you to Professor Gerard Sutton from UOW for again leading the team of judges