More than 400 people from many diverse backgrounds, headed by the Prime Minister the Hon. Scott Morrison, along with a number of Ministers, Shadow Minsters, Diplomats and many dignitaries gathered on Thursday evening at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Ethnic Business Awards. It was a night full of inspiration and excitement.
The highlight of the evening was the presence of Prime Minister, Scott Morrison who spoke of the wonderful success of multiculturalism in this country, underpinned by a great respect for traditional Australian values. “This country is an immigration success story without parallel anywhere in the world and we should be enormously proud of what we have all achieved over generations and generations. The Australia we all love and share is an immigrant country.”, he said
The Medium to Large Business Category saw Alf and Nadia Taylor of TNA Solutions Pty Ltd take the top prize. In the Small Business Category, it was Michael Dakhoul of Construction Consultants Pty Ltd who took the trophy. And beating a number of other impressive candidates in the category, the evening’s Indigenous in Business Award went to Jeremy Blanch of JNC Group Australia Pty Ltd.
As Founder, Chairman and Major Sponsor of the Awards, Mr Joseph Assaf AO remarked, “You are all proof that enterprise, determination, resilience, innovation and hard work can reap huge rewards, not just for you, but for Australia as a whole
The Ethnic Business Awards, now in their 30th year, celebrate diversity, multiculturalism, and success against the odds.
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JNC Group Australia Pty Ltd – Jeremy Blanch – Armidale – NSW
In 2007, Jeremy Blanch made a decision that he would overcome huge obstacles and build a successful business, just as his father had done years earlier. In the aftermath of the GFC, Jeremy and his wife Nicole began to take on small development contracts to build up working capital to leverage upon for future projects. JNC Group began to expand rapidly as a result of their reputation and achieving Supply Nation certification in 2015 led to picking up contracts from further government and private sector institutions looking to stimulate investments into Indigenous businesses. In 2018, JNC Group now employs close to 30 full-time staff, 100+ subcontractors at any one time, delivering multimillion dollar solutions across a range of civil construction, infrastructure, signage, high level security fencing and commercial landscaping projects all across the country.
Construction Consultants Pty Ltd – Michael Dakhoul – Parramatta – NSW
Arriving in Australia in 1982 with $10 dollars in his pocket, a change of clothes and a few textbooks, Michael Dakhoul can paint a striking picture of the catastrophic effects of civil war that left his homeland of Lebanon reeling in the 1980’s. With little grasp of the English language but safe from the dangers of constant shelling, it was a determination built on resilience and gratitude that drove him to make something of himself. The early years were all about knowledge and relationships. However, confident in the value he could deliver to his clients, Michael decided to take the risk and set up his own business, offering professional consulting services in the construction and development industry. From 2 people in 2010, today Construction Consultants employs 42 people with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and has plans to expand rapidly across the country.
TNA Solutions Pty Ltd – Alf and Nadia Taylor – Sydney Olympic Park – NSW
Having both migrated as children from Scotland and Egypt, Alf and Nadia Taylor arrived in Australia with their respective families in 1966 in search of a better life, opportunity and freedom from discrimination. After meeting each other while working at Arnott’s Snack Foods and marrying in 1982, they set upon making a childhood dream of starting an own business a reality. Armed with Nadia’s persistence and encouragement and an idea conceived by Alf on the back of a beer coaster, they went on to develop the ‘robag’ – the first Vertical Form Fill and Seal (VFFS) packaging system of its kind. From the humble beginnings of their kitchen table, tna solutions now employs over 500 people and markets a wide range of products and services to provide integrated turn-key packaging and processing solutions to its valued customers around the globe.