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.
HSBC Award for Excellence In International Business
Urban Utilities Award for Environmental Sustainability in Business
Hutchinson Builders Award for Outstanding Social Enterprise
CCIQ Award for Outstanding Small Business
Accenture Australia Award for Product Innovation
XERO Award for Outstanding Micro Business
ANZ Award for High-Growth Business
ISPT Award for Investment In Brisbane
Australia Pacific LNG Award for Business Innovation
Port Of Brisbane Award for Young Business Person of the Year
The Courier-Mail Award for Business Person of the Year