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Oobi Baby takes out top prize at Sydney Business Awards

The winners of the 2011 City of Sydney Business Awards were revealed earlier this week, with retro boutique Oobi Baby and Kids taking out the top award – Business of the Year.

Oobi Baby and Kids was launched in 2003 by 1950s fashion lover Alex Riggs, who set out to create a new style of clothing that pushes the boundaries of childrenswear and allows kids to develop their own signature style.

Now, eight years on, Oobi has become a global brand with stockists across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the United States, Europe, the Middle East and South Africa.

As well as being named Business of the Year, Oobi Baby and Kids also took out the Specialty Retail and Wholesale category at the awards, which were held at the Westin Hotel in Sydney.

“When I was running my last business, I realised that my real passion lay in designing and creating unique children’s clothing – so I took a chance and decided to change direction, and Oobi was born!” Riggs said.

“Now, being recognised by the City of Sydney awards has shown that a young woman with an idea can turn a passion into a real business with real influence and a strong presence just 10 years later… It also shows that being ethical, inclusive and generous does not have to be mutually exclusive with being a professional and successful company.

Other winners in the 2011 City of Sydney Business Award included:

Business of the Year – Oobi Baby and Kids

Small Business of the Year – two black sheep

ANZ Fast Starter Award – Ecrusing.travel

Microsoft IT Innovation Award – City Clinic

Lord Mayor’s Sustainability Award – Park Regis City Centre

Professional, Business and Financial Services – Armstrong Legal

Education and Training – Australian Businesswomen’s Network

Bicycle Business – Bike Brain

Pubs, Hotels, Nightclubs and Venues – Bowlers’ Club at 99 ON YORK

Healthcare and Fitness – City Clinic

Small Bars – CORRIDOR

Food and Beverage Retail – Cracka Wines

Environmental Business – GreenCollar Group

Tourism – Harvest Pilgrimages

Retail Beauty – Lawson’s Men’s Hair

Community and Social Services – Life Changing Experiences Foundation

Restaurants – Mizuya

Retail Fashion – Moi Moi Fine Jewellery

Specialty Retail and Wholesale – Oobi Baby and Kids

Household and General Retail – Planet

Accommodation – Quality Hotel Cambridge

Marketing and Communications – RANDEM Group

Cultural and Creative Services – Sydney Eisteddfod

Online Business – Track Me Back

Cafes – two black sheep

Information and Communication Technology – Velteo Pty Ltd

Takeaway Food and Catering Services – WOWCOW

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Lorna Brett

Lorna Brett

Lorna was Dynamic Business’ Social Web Editor in 2011/12. She’s a social media obsessed journalist, who has a passion for small business. Outside the 9 to 5, you’re likely to find her trawling the web for online bargains, perfecting her amateur photography skills or enjoying one too many cappucinos. You can follow her on <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/dynamicbusiness">Twitter @DynamicBusiness</a>

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