Read Bros reign supreme at Hauraki-Coromandel Business Awards
Last year Read Bros celebrated 150 years in business, this year they were named the supreme winner of the Hauraki-Coromandel Business Awards. The Thames hardware store also topped the retail category.
Winners were announced at a gala evening at Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort on September 27.
Currently owned by Stuart and Jocelyn Read and their son John, who has been manager for the past five years, the business has been in the Read family for five generations.
Stuart said the win was unexpected and that the company’s recipe for success had been brewing for well over a century.
“We’ve just done 150 years of business that was not all me. There’s a couple of generations behind me and I’m very, very pleased that John is doing a wonderful job for the future,” he said.
Hauraki businesses awarded
Many Hauraki businesses also shone brightly on the night including Number One Electrical, Waihi, which won the Manufacturing and Trade category; Waihi Gold Discovery Centre, first in Hospitality and Tourism and Innovation; Buttercup Dairies, Turua, first in Primary and Rural, and Waihi’s Koru Florist and Home which received the most votes in the People’s Choice Award as well as plenty of whistles and high-fives on the night.
Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga said he was incredibly proud to see so many innovative, hardworking and successful business people cross the stage.
“These awards are a fantastic opportunity to shine a spotlight on the achievements of all our local businesses and celebrate the huge contribution they make to our communities.
"At the end of the day our communities are the biggest winners. There have been enormous changes in the business world since I owned a small bookshop in Paeroa 30 odd years ago, but some things haven’t changed at all. Local businesses still have a unique relationship with our communities and they still give back to us all in so many ways. Local business has a huge impact on our economy and the well-being of our communities.”
Hard working committee
He also acknowledged the hard work of the business awards committee in pulling the event together.
“The committee did an enormous amount of work behind the scenes to create another absolutely stunning and entertaining red-carpet celebration. There was only one blooper when somebody dropped their flowers - but there’s always one isn’t there?” he laughed.
Thames Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie acknowledges running a business is not easy, and even for that alone we celebrate them.
“Our businesses are so important to our districts and work so hard to boost our local economy providing great services and employment. They also make a huge contribution to activities and events with sponsorship and other support. We need them, and we want more of them.”
“We want people to be able to live, work and play here, instead of having to go to places like Auckland,” she says.
The judges’ convenor, Peter Davey of Waikato Innovation Park said the standard of entries this year was generally high to outstanding.
“It is wonderful to see the breadth of good businesses in the Hauraki/Coromandel that entered. I’d also like to acknowledge the time the volunteer judges committed to this. Thank you all.”
Hauraki Coromandel Business Award Winners:
2018 Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards winners
The Supreme Award winner and winner of the Retail Category - Read Bros Hardware;
Manufacturing & Trade - Number One Electrical;
Retail special commendation - Guthrie Bowron Whitianga;
Community - Safer Coromandel;
Tourism & Hospitality - Waihi Gold Discovery Centre;
Tourism & Hospitality special commendation - Sunlover Retreat;
Primary & Rural - Buttercup Dairies;
Emerging Business - Stilo Collective;
Professional Services - Twentymans Funeral Directors;
Service to Business - Warren Male;
People’s Choice - Koru Florist and Home;
Sustainability - T3 Thames;
Innovation - Waihi Gold Discovery Centre.