By Andrew Starke

Small bar Grasshopper was a big winner at the City of Sydney's 2010 Business Awards, taking out the Best Small Business of the Year title.

Clarence St Cyclery was named Business of the Year with Grasshopper taking out the inaugural Small Bar Award and later adding the headline small business honour.

The City of Sydney Business Awards is one of the largest programs of its kind in Australia with 520 nominated businesses, 125 finalists and 41,500 votes cast by the public.

“I'd like to congratulate all 21 winners of the 2010 City of Sydney Business Awards and make a special mention of Grasshopper and Clarence St Cyclery,” said Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP.

“These two new businesses are doing exceptionally well considering our tough economic climate over the past 12 months. They have taken advantage of their strengths and now offer Sydneysiders vibrant and diverse places in Sydney.”

The judges recognised popular small bar Grasshopper, which opened less than a year ago with help from the City's matched cash grants program, as an exciting addition to Sydney's small bar culture.

Grasshopper is run by Martin O'Sullivan who also heads up Sydney's Small Bar Association.

O’Sullivan was not immediately available to comment.

Votes for 2010 City of Sydney Business Award winners were cast online or via SMS, with the top six businesses in each category named as finalists.

Winners of 2010 City of Sydney Business Awards:

Business of the Year presented by ANZ: Clarence St Cyclery

Small Business of the Year presented by American Express: Grasshopper

Lord Mayor's Sustainability Award presented by EnergyAustralia: Sydney Sustainable Markets Inc

Healthcare & Fitness: All Sorts Fitness and Wellbeing Centre

Marketing & Communications: RANDEM Group

Professional, Business & Financial Services: Armstrong Legal

Pubs, Hotels, Nightclubs & Venues: Bowlers' Club at 99onyork

Bicycle Business: Clarence St Cyclery

Community & Social Services: National Breast Cancer Foundation

Information & Communication Technology: Sqware Peg Pty Ltd

Cultural & Creative Services: Gondwana Choirs

Small Bars: Grasshopper

Environmental Business: Reverse Garbage

Specialty Retail & Wholesale: The Little Candle Shop

Cafes (casual dining): two black sheep

Takeaway Food & Catering Services: misschu

Retail Beauty: Stevie English Hair

Education & Training: Bambini's Childcare Centres

Tourism & Accommodation: Bonza Bike Tours

Fair Trade: Cocolo Chocolate

Restaurants: Mulligan's Restaurant

Food & Beverage Retail: Organic Food and Farmers Markets

Household & General Retail: St James Pharmacy

Retail Fashion: TOWANDA


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