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Fay Calderone from Commonwealth Bank Business of the year, law firm, Matthews Folbigg Fay Calderone from Commonwealth Bank Business of the year, law firm, Matthews Folbigg
13 September 2013 Posted by 

Outstanding service delivery, a regional standout!

By Mike Walls


THE wait is over! The winners of the 2013 Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence have been decided at a special gala event held at the WatervieW in Bicentennial Park on September 10.

This year’s coveted Business of The Year Award goes to Parramatta law firm, Matthews Folbigg, in particular the Workplace Solutions practice headed by Fay Calderone.

In deciding the winner the judges paid tribute to Matthews Folbigg’s outstanding growth over the last three years which was built upon a client focussed model.

The firm has demonstrated an intimate knowledge of the Western Sydney market and have demonstrated outstanding service delivery, the judges said. “Matthews Folbigg has consistently showed a commitment well beyond being a normal corporate citizen, demonstrated by their long standing commitment to the Salvation Army’s efforts in Western Sydney,” the judges said. “Matthews Folbigg is a standout in their field in Western Sydney.

President of Parramatta Chamber of Commerce, Roger Byrne said Matthews Folbigg had demonstrated the hallmarks which had seen the WSABEs develop into the region’s premier business awards over the past 23 years. “The Parramatta Chamber of Commerce congratulates all the entrants in the 2013 Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence (WSABE’s) which are now in their 23rd year,” Mr Byrne said. “There is a long and proud history with these awards, of helping and supporting business in Western Sydney and we would encourage all the finalists and winners to make the most of the exposure that the awards will bring them". Mr Byrne said businesses that achieved finalist and winner status had attained a competitive advantage within their industry sector. “Even the process of applying for the awards, provides the chance to objectively look at your business, which many owners might not get the time to do in the normal work environment".

We would encourage all finalists and winners to make the most of this exposure.

The WSABEs are the only awards run by business for business. Currently in their 23rd year of success, the awards showcase dynamic small, medium and large businesses from across Sydney’s Greater West, and beyond.

They give recognition to businesses that strive for excellence and have achieved sustained growth as a result.

Originally named “The Parramatta Regional Awards for Business Excellence” the awards were established in 1991, and in the last three years have grown to include the Greater Western Sydney Region.

The awards recognise excellence in those areas of business practice that are shared by all business, such as:

• Business standards.

• Business operations or quality management.

• Customer service.

• Advertising, marketing and sales.

• Corporate/environmental/social responsibility and sustainability.

• Innovation.

• Corporate/business culture and/or staff training development.

In 2010, Minister for Western Sydney David Borger welcomed the expansion of the Awards for Business Excellence program to the greater west. 

This support has continued with The Premier and Minister for Western Sydney, Barry O’Farrell.

Companies and businesses of all sizes across the region are eligible to enter the awards program to demonstrate that they are strong players in Australia’s third largest regional economy.

This year, once again, winners of the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence, in aligned categories, progress as North Western Regional finalist’s directly to the NSWBC State Awards.

The WSABEs are known for uncovering outstanding and innovative companies that collectively  generate millions of dollars’ worth of investment in the region, bringing with them significant exposure and recognition.

This Awards program pays tribute to the businesses whose contribution is vital to Western Sydney. These companies are propelling the continued economic prosperity of Western Sydney.

Western Sydney is a region bursting with talent, opportunity and potential. As a key growth region in NSW with over 1.9 million people, it is the home to more than one in 11 Australians.

Parramatta Chamber of Commerce is committed to making Western Sydney the powerhouse of the Australian economy, a place where people can find jobs, progress careers and raise families.

Congratulations to the participating companies whose drive for excellence provides great rewards for the on-going prosperity of Greater Western Sydney and we urge all Western Sydney companies to consider taking up the challenge to enter the 2014 Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence”.

Mr Byrne paid tribute to the WSABE’s major sponsor Commonwealth Bank of Australia and also to the WSABE’s media partner, Western Sydney Business Access (WSBA).

“CBA who has partnered with us for a number of years in helping the awards grow and we look forward to working with them in the years to come,” Mr Byrne said. “We would also like to thank all our category sponsors for their contributions and our media partners for providing ongoing coverage of the event and raising the profile in Western Sydney.

“We are especially proud to be able to collaborate with WSBA on this Awards special feature which is a tribute to the finalists and winners of the 2013 Awards.”

Client tributes to the Commonwealth Bank 2013 WSABE Business of The Year, Matthews Folbigg. “As a leader of the firm's Workplace Solutions practice, Fay advises clients ranging from SMEs to large employers on all issues affecting the workplace including employee entitlements, performance counselling/ disciplinary matters, management of discrimination, OHS, bullying and harassment in the workplace and has extensive experience assisting clients with workplace change projects and advising on risk minimisation strategies.”

“Matthews Folbigg have always been dependable, straightforward and honest and consistently provide sound legal advice.

They readily grasp relatively complex workplace issues and their legal research is done thoroughly and efficiently and is delivered in a timely manner.

They also routinely provide well-written, well-structured and well-reasoned legal opinion and advice which we are able to act on in practical situations.”

“At all times in dealing with Fay and the Workplace solutions Team I have found their support and guidance to be extremely professional in nature and they always present a balanced view for consideration to ensure the best decision can be made depending on individual circumstances.”

“We have a deep sense of trust and confidence in the services Fay and her team provides. Fay brings a breath of fresh air to employment law and is very transparent in all her dealings. She is also an excellent communicator regarding letting her client know the timeframes to receive advice.”

“Fay and the team strive to always add commercial sound legal advice in a timely and accurate manner. They have the ability to see the issue from our side and work with us to find the most suitable solution.”

Nicole Baines

Nicole Baines runs All My Admin, a business that provides support services to Western Sydney Business Access (WSBA) for its online activities. Call (02) 9894 8682 for assistance.