Publish date: 04/07/2018

Voting for the North Canterbury Business Awards People’s Choice Award has kicked off, with thousands of votes lodged in the first 24 hours.

Voting, via the Enterprise North Canterbury website, opened on July 2nd and runs until August 19th. The business with the most votes on that date will be crowned the winner of the North Canterbury News People’s Choice Award at the North Canterbury Business Awards gala evening in late August.  

Within 24 hours of the voting opening, over 3,000 votes had been submitted via the online voting form.

The much-coveted People’s Choice Award is a favourite amongst entrants of the North Canterbury Business Awards as it acknowledges support from their customers and members of the local community.

The 2016 People’s Choice Award winner was Oxford-based skincare company Oasis Beauty, which also took home the Manufacturing Award. Owner Stephanie Evans said, “I was very proud of our People’s Choice Award as all the staff got behind that one and they drove it. I was really pleased for them to win it. It brought us all together as a team.

“The team used every possible avenue that they could find; we used our social media channels, we emailed our customers asking them to vote, we asked our families and we asked our suppliers that we work with – anybody that had a touch point with our business.

“Internally, staff morale improved from winning these two awards. It was a big pat on the back for the entire team.”

Awards organiser and Business Development Manager at Enterprise North Canterbury, Miles Dalton, says the People’s Choice Award is a great way to involve the customers and staff of businesses that have entered the awards.

“The business owners and staff all tend to get on board and find inventive ways to promote the People’s Choice Award, encouraging customers to vote for them,” explains Miles.  “It’s a good excuse for businesses to promote their brand, it can be a lot of fun and it’s a great confidence boost to the winners.

“The public love to get involved because they like to support their favourite businesses, and there is also a fantastic prize up for grabs for everyone who votes.”

To vote for your favourite business visit www.northcanterbury.co.nz/choice before August 19th. Voting is open to all members of the public including owners and staff members of businesses in the running for the award. Winners of the North Canterbury News People’s Choice Award, and all other awards will be announced at the North Canterbury Business Awards Gala Evening on August 31st.