Cream of the crop
The cream of another great crop of local businesses have been selected as finalists in this year’s Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards.
The top of the crop in each category, plus an overall supreme winner, will be announced on September 27 at a special awards evening.
Awards organiser Kate Rigg says the finalists come from all corners of the region and are a great reflection of the growing innovative and diverse business community thriving on our back doorstep.
"There are a huge range of businesses doing exciting things out there. These awards are all about taking some time to celebrate their successes and reflect on the important contribution they make to our communities,” she says,
“Successful businesses mean successful communities.”
This year’s entries included businesses ranging from clothing brands to firewood supplies and Rigg says the judge’s decision was every bit as difficult as it was last time round.
“Again, I’m just pleased it wasn’t me in the hot seat,” she laughs.
More than winning
But the awards are about much more than winning.
“The entry process is a great opportunity for business owners to review their processes with the help of some of the top business advisors in the Waikato,” says Rigg.
“Congratulations to everyone that took the time to enter this year, and best of luck to all our finalists. I can’t wait to hear your stories and celebrate with you all on awards night.”
Huge congratulations to the 2018 Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards finalists:
Manufacturing and Trade: Number One Electrical, Laughing Pottery, Splinta’s Firewood
Community: Safer Coromandel, T3 Thames
Retail: Guthrie Bowron Whitianga, Hello Friday, Read Bros Hardware
Tourism and Hospitality: Gold Discovery Centre, Sunlover Retreat, The Refinery
Emerging Business: Hello Friday, Number One Electrical, Stilo Collective
Professional: Major Oak Safety, Number One Electrical, Twentymans Funeral Directors
Rural Primary: Buttercup Dairies, Splinta’s Firewood
Services to Business: Warren Male (Broadcaster), Rita and Keith Stevenson (K1 and K2 organisers).
The People’s Choice nominees have already been announced:
Buttercup Dairies, Hello Friday, Koru Florist Waihi, Make Your Day Events, Paeroa 24 Fit Club, Read Bros Hardware, Safer Coromandel, Savour and Spice, Splinta’s Firewood, Stilo Hair Co, The Club Café Thames, The Refinery, The Seagull Centre, Walter and Co.
The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be decided by a public vote, which is underway now until September 17. Biographies of the nominees are on the awards’ website where you can vote for your favourite.
Tickets on sale
All the results will be announced at a gala awards evening at The Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort in Pauanui on Thursday, September 27. Tickets are now on sale and available on the Hauraki-Coromandel Business Awards website www.haurakicoromandelbusinessawards.co.nz/awards-gala