Successful businesses who go extra mile pays off

☐ First Education owner Harry Mavroleferis was named ‘Business Person of the Year’ and also won the ‘Most Outstanding Education Service’ category; Sophia Soulos of Sophia and Co who won ‘Most Outstanding Fashion Shop’; and Miloway owner Harry Ipermachou who won ‘Most Outstanding Specialised Retail Business’.

WINNER of the Most Outstanding Bakery/Cake shop, Trianon Cake Shop owner Arthur Efthymiou is the second generation to operate the business which was started by his father 43 years ago.
Son-in-law James will one day take over the reins but for now, Arthur says he can’t imagine living or working anywhere else.
“It was nice to win the award which is about our seventh local business award win,” he said.
“I think it’s because we go that extra mile for customers.
“Nothing is too much trouble, there is always someone on hand to make any last-minute customer changes or to personalise a cake without prior notice.
“All of our products are made in-house, there is nothing pre-packaged or frozen and all are based on traditional recipes.
“It was fantastic that a string of Homer Street businesses have picked up awards.”
Stretto Espresso Bar owner Adam Adams was also thrilled with his win for Most Outstanding Cafe.
“We’ve been here less than two years so weren’t expecting it but customers have told us they love our traditional Greek meals that are always made from scratch, fresh, delicious and affordable,” he said.
“I wasn’t living here but when I thought to start the business, wanted to return to my childhood roots and catch-up with all the friendly locals whom I remembered which has been great; Earlwood has so much going for it.”
Harry Ipermachou established Miloway 40 years ago and has won close to 30 awards.
Specialising in Greek and Cypriot wines and deli items, Harry says customers will always come back for quality items.
“Earlwood is fast getting that reputation,” he said.
“For six of us businesses in a row to win was a first and really says something about the suburb.
“It was also nice for us to get a mention in Parliament House and congratulations from our local Member for Canterbury, Sophie Cotsis, who is always very supportive of the village.”