Local business owners who haven’t yet got their applications across the line have been given extra time to enter this year’s competition.
The deadline for entries has been extended to 17 August. The original close off date was 31 July.
Awards’ spokesperson Kate Rigg said there are a good number of entries for some of the categories but it would be great to see a few more in other areas.
“We’d like to see a few more, particularly in the Rural, Manufacturing & Trade, Retail, and Community categories. Nominations for Service to Business are also still open.”
Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga encourages all Hauraki businesses to get out on the field and showcase themselves to the wider community.
“Don’t be shy. No business is too small, too new, or too inexperienced to pick up the ball, show us what they can do, and hopefully learn a few new tricks too. It’s about putting yourself out there, giving it a go and meeting new people,” he said.
People's Choice award
Nominations for The People’s Choice award are now closed. Finalists will be announced on the Hauraki Coromandel Facebook page soon. Voting for this award begins next week.
All the winners will be announced at a gala event at the Grand Mercure Puka Park in Pauanui, on Thursday, September 27.
Full details about how to enter are on the Awards’ website www.haurakicoromandelbusinessawards.co.nz
Still time to enter business awards
There’s still time to enter the Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards but don’t dilly-dally.
Entries closing soon
Entries in all categories close on Tuesday 31 July and nominations for the People’s Choice and Service to Business awards will be accepted until Sunday 29 July.
Organiser Kate Rigg says the Awards are everyone’s business.
“The People’s Choice Award, where people can nominate and vote for their favourite business, was so popular last year an extra award has been added to this year’s programme,” she said.
The new Service to Business Award recognises those who go above and beyond to support business in general.
“We all know someone who volunteers their time to mentor others, organise networking events, or promote local business,” she said. “But they are usually the kind of people who avoid the limelight, so this is a great way for their communities to publicly acknowledge the things they do.”
Public vote opens 7 August
Nominating someone for either of these awards is as easy as describing in less than 500 words why the chosen person or business deserves to win. Winners will be chosen by public vote, which opens on Tuesday 7 August. Voting will be via the Awards website and Facebook page, and the top three nominees for the People’s Choice Award will receive three tickets each to the Gala Awards Ceremony on September 27 2018 where the winning business will be announced.
Rigg says entries in the general award categories are coming in steadily.
“Last year the calibre of entries was extremely high, and the judges tell me things are shaping up the same way this year. Unfortunately for them, deciding on the winners isn’t likely to be any easier this time round.”
Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga encourages any Hauraki business owners who may be sitting on the fence to get involved and have a go.
“We have some outstanding businesses right here on our back doorstep. The Awards night was spectacular last year. It was really encouraging to see so many great businesses doing great things, and I can’t wait to see who comes across the stage this year.”
Find out more
For more information on the different categories and how to enter go to www.haurakicoromandelbusinessawards.co.nz