Business of Year win a great surprise

cumberland business awards 2019 winners - business of the year - el jannah granville Photo: Radim Cechvala Story:

WHEN El Jannah’s name was not called as the winner of the Restaurant category in the Cumberland Local Business Awards, owner Abraham Assaly thought that was it.

Imagine his surprise moments later when it was announced that El Jannah had won ‘Business of the Year’.
“We were hoping to win the Restaurant category as we had done a few years ago,” Mr Assaly explained.
“We thought we had missed out but then to be named ‘Business of the Year’ was a complete surprise.
“To be fair, though, it wasn’t completely unexpected since we have been in Granville now for 20 years; we have a few other outlets but Granville is the oldest.
“I believe we have been very consistent in that time too and are very well known for our service and high quality food.”
Mr Assaly says they have customers travelling in from all over Sydney to sample his wares.
“Word spreads fast when you’re doing something right so that is nice to know and we would like to thank all of our loyal customers as well as the local community,” he added.
It was a similar story for ‘Business Person of the Year’, Timothy L’Huede, from Homebush Auto Electrical.
“We were a finalist in the Automotive category and when we didn’t win, I thought it was all over for us on the night,” Mr L’Huede said.
“When my name was called as ‘Business Person of the Year’, I was a little bit blown away to tell the truth.
“It was certainly a surprise as I wasn’t expecting to win that but it’s certainly a nice surprise; it just came out of the blue.”
Mr L’Huede believes his company’s high level of customer service got him over the line.
“I’ve been in Homebush for 10 years now and am passionate about looking after customers,” he said.
“I’m hardworking and honest and I put the win down to that; I’m also grateful to our customers and the wonderful local community for their support.”