Fairfield honours long-term businesses

Published Monday, 16th February 2015

Bing Lee will be one of 18 Fairfield City Centre businesses commended next week for its longevity in business.

Bing Lee, arguably Fairfield City’s biggest commercial success story, will be one of 18 Fairfield City Centre businesses commended next week for its longevity in business. 

In what is understood to be a first for any Local Government Council in NSW, Fairfield City Council will pay tribute to Bing Lee and the owners of 18 other long-standing businesses based in Fairfield City Centre. 

The inaugural Lifetime Business Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday 25 February and will exclusively honour businesses that have stood the test of time, having traded for more than 25 years and up to 50 years – and longer.

“There are some fantastic success stories among our awards recipients,” Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said. “These are family owned and run businesses. 

“Among them is perhaps Fairfield’s best known success story, Bing Lee, which started in Fairfield City Centre 58 years ago. Bing Lee has gone on to become an Australia retail giant – and they still have a store in Fairfield.

“Then there is 76-year-old Sam Musolino, who has been making and selling orthopaedic footwear from his store in Ware Street for 48 years.”

Mayor Carbone said Council was proud of the region’s cultural diversity and the awards’ 18 recipients reflected this. Business owners’ cultural backgrounds included Argentina, Iran, China, Chile, Croatia, Italy, Lebanon, Serbia, Spain and Thailand. 

“The range of businesses is also diverse and includes manufacturing, medical, real estate, food and health care, just to name a few,” Mayor Carbone said. “When you consider that many small businesses fail within their first three years, Council thought it only fitting to honour these 18 stalwarts of Fairfield City Centre. 

“To be in business for half a century or more proves you are definitely doing something right.”

Fairfield City Centre Lifetime Business Awards

Date:  25 February 2015
Time:  6.30pm
Location:  Fairfield RSL ‘Horsley Room’, Anzac Avenue, Fairfield


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