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Shaun, Sue and Nathan Perrin of Perrin Plumbing accept the Best of the Best $10,000 prize from IMB Bank Ulladulla Branch Manager Leigh Felton.

Celebrating and promoting local business has never been more important than in 2020. IMB Bank’s continued sponsorships of the Business Chambers in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Sutherland Shire, and Illawarra Women in Business were joined this year by a new initiative: a partnership with regional radio network Grant Broadcasting to salute businesses of every stripe on the NSW South Coast, the Shoalhaven, the Southern Highlands and the Illawarra.

The “Best of the Best” ran for four weeks on WAVE FM and POWER FM and gave listeners a chance to nominate their favourite business in a variety of categories; the businesses could also nominate themselves. Aside from the kudos of nomination and winning, all nominated businesses who elected to receive an IMB Business Banking Health Check also went into a lucky prize draw to win $10,000 cash from IMB.

The winner, drawn from more almost 800 businesses entered, was announced on Monday November 22 on the POWER 94.9 FM Shoalhaven breakfast show. And (drumroll please) the winner was Perrin Plumbing.

Sue Perrin, who has run the Ulladulla-based family-owned business with husband Shaun since 1991, told POWER FM’s Andy and Kaley that the $10,000 could not have arrived at a better time.

“You wouldn’t believe how good that is. Our son Nathan is taking over from us soon, so that is going to start him off so well. That’s just amazing. This will be such a good start for him. This will enable him to buy more tools, invest in advertising – I’m overwhelmed! Thank you so much.”

At IMB, we are very proud to be a part of a promotion that yielded such an enthusiastic response from the businesses involved. Like this from the Bateman’s Bay eatery Chews on Hughes’ Facebook page.

  “Just a shout out to Power FM Bega Bay, 2EC and IMB Bank for the BEST OF THE BEST promotion. What a great opportunity for our local businesses to get a shout out on the radio and some extra exposure for our businesses. Congratulations to all the winners in the different categories! We are very proud to be a GOLD MEDALIST in the BEST BURGER category!”

To find out more about the IMB Business Banking Health Check, contact our team.



The other major prize winners were:


B Lucky & Sons/Holey Moley

WAVE FM $10,000 marketing campaign


Lake Conjola Bowling Club

POWER FM/2ST $5,000 marketing campaign

Bega/Batemans Bay

Merimbula Tura Kindergarten

POWER FM/2EC $5,000 marketing campaign


And congratulations to all the businesses acclaimed for their expertise in their part of the world. 

Best of the Best Illawarra

Best Butcher

Albion Park Village Meats
Cleaver & Co Butchers, Gwynneville
Hasties Top Taste Meats, Wollongong

Best Fish & Chips

Aish's Seafood & Takeaway, Berkeley
Big Birdz, Woonona
Port Pizza & Kebabs, Port Kembla

Best Hairdresser

AK Hair, Albion Park
Hair We R, Horsley
Kween Bee Hair Studio, Corrimal

Best Pizza

Pinocchio's Pizza
D'Amato's Family Restaurant, Unanderra
Port Pizza & Kebabs, Port Kembla

Best Coffee

King St Coffee, Warrawong
Backstreet Cafe, Dapto
Two Doors Up Cafe, Fairy Meadow

Best Tradie

Bruton's Roofing
Illawarra Plumbing & Drainer
Tiny Tins Waste Management

Best Child Care

Big Fat Smile, Shellharbour
Koonawarra Community Preschool (Big Fat Smile)
Figtree Heights OOSH

Best Burger

Big Birdz, Woonona
His Boy Elroy, Wollongong
Port Pizza & Kebabs, Port Kembla

Best Mechanic

Bianco's Automotive & Tyres, Port Kembla
Biketeck, Warrawong
Switched On Mechanical, Helensburgh

Best Cafe

Blue Jay Cafe, Albion Park
HARS Cafe Connie, Albion Park
The Plant Room Cafe, Coniston

Best Pub/Club

His Boy Elroy, Wollongong
The Illawarra Hotel, Wollongong
The Warilla Hotel

Best Customer Service

B Lucky & Sons / Holey Moley, Wollongong
Big Birdz, Woonona
D'Amato's Family Restaurant, Unanderra

Best of the Best Shoalhaven/Southern Highlands

Best Butcher

South Coast Butchers Pantry, Greenwell Point
Bundanoon Butchers

Best Fish & Chips

Pelican Rocks Café, Greenwell Point
New Astor Café, Moss Vale

Best Hairdresser

Inspired Hair Design, Nowra
Bundanoon Cutting Cottage

Best Pizza

Flame Woodfire Pizzeria, North Nowra
Spinners Pizza, Moss Vale

Best Coffee

Decadence Cakes Gifts & Treats, Nowra
Potter's Pantry, Bundanoon

Best Tradie

Cook Brothers Landscaping & Excavations, Nowra
John Roman Earthmoving, Mittagong

Best Child Care

Pelican Point Long Daycare & Pre School, Sanctuary Point
Southern Highlands Nannies

Best Burger

Smithy’s Fish And Chips, North Nowra
Bowral Tucker Box

Best Mechanic

Holmac Auto, Bomaderry
Mittagong Auto Tech

Best Cafe

Figbird Cafe & Deli, Berry
Coffee Guru, Mittagong

Best Pub/Club

Cooee Hotel, St Georges Basin
Bowral Bowling Club

Best Customer Service

Cignall, Bomaderry
Argyle Professionals, Moss Vale

Best of the Best Bega/Batemans Bay


Heads Together Hair and Beauty, Narooma
Salon Narooma
Tuross Hair and Beauty


Heat Woodfired Pizza Bar, Batehaven
Mal’s Pizza Bite, Bega
Sam's Pizzeria on the Waterfront, Bateman’s Bay


CJ's Takeaway, Kalaru
Nook Tea & Espresso Bar, Bega
Sublime Sub Sandwich and Coffee Bar, Narooma


Bay Coast Plastering, Batemans Bay
The Garden Guy, Narooma
Top Shelf Tiling, Batemans Bay


Bandara Children's Services, Bega
Merimbula-Tura Kindergarten, Merimbula
Mudd Monsters Family Daycare, Bega


Chews on Hughes, Batemans Bay
CJ’s Takeaway & Café, Kalaru
Sublime Sub Sandwich and Coffee Bar, Narooma


Pete Scott Automotive, Pambula
Ultimate Mobile Mechanic, Moruya
Waters Service Centre, Batemans Bay


Backstreet Bakehouse, Merimbula
CJ’s Takeaway & Café, Kalaru
Sublime Sub Sandwich and Coffee Bar, Narooma


Bermagui Country Club
Club Dalmeny
Steampacket Hotel, Nelligen

Customer Service

Backstreet Bakehouse, Merimbula
Kiah General Store
TableTop Gaming, Bega


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