Oishi-m Wins Geelong Business Excellence Award 2017!

Oishi-m proudly participated in the 2017 Geelong Business Excellence Awards, and we are beyond excited to announce that last night we won two awards. We clinched the Retailer of The Year Award for the second straight year, plus the top gong - Geelong Business of the Year! {insert shrieks of excitement} 

Established in 1986, the awards recognise organisations that have achieved business excellence in the Geelong region and this year Oishi-m received the highest commendation amongst many esteemed businesses. This year's awards were held at The Pier in Geelong in front of a sell out crowd of 600 people. The Awards are one of the oldest continuously running and most prestigious business awards programs in Australia, and, as such, provide significant recognition and celebration of business achievement and performance. 

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With more than 16,000 businesses based in the wider Geelong region, this is an incredible achievement. We are exceptionally proud to do business, live and work locally, and love our proximity to home, our community, and the broader region. Whilst we are a Torquay based children's clothing brand with a beautiful flagship store, we reach customers globally through our website, showcasing the best of not only our products, but the beautiful locations across the Surf Coast and Geelong region that feature in our photoshoots.

We celebrate local Australian design and production, local employment, and the intimacy of working within a small business in our community. We produce the opposite of fast throwaway fashion, with garments that are designed for functionality and comfort, and are designed to endure hand-me-downs for each wearer's adventures and play. 

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Thank you for being part of our story; past, present and future. Our success comes from your support, and we're humbled and extremely honoured to be recognised by our peers and the GBEA crew on this occasion. 

It's amazing to be alongside so many incredible Geelong and region businesses, and we offer our congratulations to all the other nominees and winners in 2017. Special heartfelt mentions to our friends and fellow category winners, Geelong Mums, who won the Corporate Social Responsibility Award and were also shortlisted alongside us for the prestigious award of Business of the Year. What an incredible result for their first foray into this awards process, and we look forward to an ongoing relationship with their organisation, and every success for their team, moving forward.

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Feeling great at the start of the evening... so much anticipation. 

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After party shenanigans were a blast, where we could let our hair down and celebrate a massive team effort.

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Our trophies have pride of place in the shop today. We are so used to having 'little bulls in our china shop' that we'll need to toddler-proof them by placing them on the top shelf ;)

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Here's our acceptance speech for the Business of the Year Award:

 “Thanks, this is absolutely incredible, we are so chuffed. Not sure I’ll be able to keep the tears at bay but …. As many of you know businesses are a lot of bloody hard work. There’s a lot of sleepless nights. There’s our staff, our community, our customers, there’s our suppliers and there’s everyone around us.

Geelong is an incredible community. Many of us, even from within the finalists that were mentioned tonight, some of us have had children at St John of God, we’ve volunteered at Geelong Mums, we’ve pulled from many of the suppliers and finalists that have won tonight. We are a rich tapestry of beautiful community that we live in.

We are so fortunate to live where we live, and have such a tight knit community. Yet on the other hand, we can live in this tight knit community and the world is our oyster. These days we can ship, in our business, we’ve shipped to over 37 countries in the last 12 months. Being regional hasn’t stopped us from being able to ship Express Post within Australia. We can have community all over the world yet we can also touch many hearts locally from within our beautiful shop in Torquay.

Thank you so much for this opportunity. We are very grateful to the Chamber of Commerce, Powercor, and passing it on to Deakin University as naming sponsor next year. Thank you so much and well done everybody for putting in a massive effort, it’s a huge amount of work but so too is running a business and well done everyone for even making it here.“

Here's some links to some media we've had if you'd like to check them out... Geelong Indy, Bay FM, K-Rock, Geelong Advertiser.

Feeling the love, Oishi-m xoxo