ECU Joondalup has ended its association with the annual Joondalup Business Association (JBA) run awards.
The JBA said in a statement ECU had supported the awards over many years but had declined the sponsorship this year because of budget restraints.
‘It is really disappointing that ECU were not able to sponsor this event as these awards provided a natural bridge between academia and small business,’ chief executive Clive Haddow said.
‘We are, however, very excited by the involvement of Commonwealth Bank, as this represents an investment in the Joondalup area.’
Commonwealth Bank regional manager Karen Bailey said CBA had been involved with the JBA small business awards for five years as a category sponsor.
‘But when asked whether we wanted to entertain the main sponsorship, we jumped at the opportunity,’ she said.
‘These awards represent tangible recognition of the small business sector, which is the lifeblood of Australia ” the CBA is a big bank but we are focused on delivery and support and services in local areas.’
JBA president David Curry said the association was delighted with the support from the bank for the awards, which will be presented at Joondalup Resort on June 21.
Organisers have added two new categories of best retail business and online initiative.
Application forms will be at local Commonwealth Bank branches. Entry is free.
For more information, call Mr Haddow on 9300 1414 or visit www.jba.asn.au.