Western Union, St George Bank, Ford Australia and Medibank Private, along with NSW Police, the SBS and the State Library of NSW are among the finalists vying for the crown of Grand Winner of the National Multicultural Marketing Awards for 2008.

The grand award winner and seven category winners will be announced a gala dinner next week (on Tuesday 25th November).

The National Multicultural Marketing Awards were launched by the Community Relations Commission in 1990 with the idea of alerting managers in the public service to their responsibility to make their services available and appropriate to all.

However, it quickly blossomed to cover many other fields and judging then took place under Technology, Community, Big Business, Small Business, Export, Advertising and Government categories.

Previous winners over the last nineteen years include several major banks as well as McDonalds, American Express, Coles, Optus, the NRMA, the AFL and the ABC.

The Awards Dinner will take place on Tuesday 25th November at the Westin Hotel, Martin Place, Sydney at 7.00pm.