Brisbane businesses shaping the city’s future are being recognised for their vision and leadership in the annual Lord Mayor’s Business Awards, with finalists improving lives, creating jobs and driving the city’s global reputation for innovation.

In a record-breaking year, the awards received the highest number of nominations in its 17-year history, in a sign of post-pandemic optimism and growing confidence in the local business community.

Finalists across a range of industries including sustainability, healthcare and technology are up for the awards, while Brisbane businesses with their sights on the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games are also amongst the finalists going for gold.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the 2022 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards showcased some of the most exciting, innovative and creative businesses in Brisbane.

“Our city’s economic growth is driven by innovative businesses doing exciting things now, but with an eye to the future,” Cr Schrinner said.

“These awards recognise the city’s most exciting entrepreneurs and businesses who are creating jobs, improving lives and shaping the city’s future. Having seen the calibre of this year’s finalists, the opportunity for growth in Brisbane is limitless.”

He said the 11 award categories (listed below) highlighted success stories in a cross-section of industries, including health, technology, accessibility, sustainability, advanced manufacturing and arts and culture.

“From businesses improving lives through healthcare innovation and accessibility to those driving growth and jobs in our arts, culture and sports economies, this year’s entrants are making a remarkable impact in our community and around the world,” he said.

“The vision and leadership of this year’s finalists will help carve out a lasting legacy for our city to 2032 and beyond.”

Stadium designers Populous, city-shaping street artists Vast Yonder and First Nations property services Multhana are some of the outstanding local businesses being recognised by the awards, with an eye on the city’s green and gold future. 

Vaxxas, the biotech company behind needleless vaccine technology, online health player Midnight Health and circular economy social enterprise Circonomy are also amongst the list of finalists focused on delivering a sustainable and healthy future.

The full list of finalists follows, and category winners of the 2022 Lord Mayor's Business Awards will be announced on 21 October 2022. 

2022 Lord Mayor's Business Award Finalists

HSBC Award for Excellence In International Business

  • Applied Mining Technologies
  • Hydrobiology
  • Michael Hill International
  • Populous

Urban Utilities Award for Environmental Sustainability in Business

  • Give Industries
  • Howard Smith Wharves
  • Save Our Supplies
  • Winson Group

Hutchinson Builders Award for Outstanding Social Enterprise

  • Australian Spatial Analytics
  • Jigsaw Australia
  • Multhana Property Services
  • Silver Memories

CCIQ Award for Outstanding Small Business

  • Audeara Limited
  • dk active
  • Goodwill Projects
  • PeopleBench

Accenture Australia Award for Product Innovation

  • Circonomy
  • Li-S Energy
  • RedEye Apps
  • Vaxxas

XERO Award for Outstanding Micro Business

  • Kiddo
  • Styling Station Australia
  • The Brand Builders
  • Vast Yonder

ANZ Award for High-Growth Business

  • Aginic Holdings
  • Explorate
  • Midnight Health
  • simPRO

ISPT Award for Investment In Brisbane

  • Brisbane International Cruise Terminal
  • Chef Collective
  • Circonomy
  • The Princess Theatre

Australia Pacific LNG Award for Business Innovation

  • Circonomy
  • DoubleTake Sports
  • Electric Mobility Solutions
  • Skedulo

Port Of Brisbane Award for Young Business Person of the Year

  • Ash Reddy – Chess Mates
  • Dr James Fielding – Audeara
  • Hailey Brown – Vacayit
  • Nina Nguyen - Pakko

The Courier-Mail Award for Business Person of the Year

  • Elena Gosse OAM – AIS Water
  • Jamie Wilson - Cryptoloc
  • Jonathon Stoddart – Stoddart Group
  • Simone Joyce – Paypa Plane
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