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The 2018 North Canterbury Business Awards kicked off on May 2nd with a well-attended launch event held at Kingsford Kitchen in Rangiora.
The awards, which are held every two years, celebrate the best in North Canterbury business by awarding winners and finalists in a range of business-related categories, including the popular People’s Choice Award and the overarching Supreme Award. Entries are judged by a panel of carefully selected and experienced business experts before the winners and finalists in each category are announced in style at the Awards Gala Evening, which will this year be held on August 31st.
The awards launch was attended by over 100 people who included award sponsors, organisers and supporters as well as past winners and potential award entrants.
“We were really pleased with the turnout to the launch,” said awards organiser and Business Support Manager at Enterprise North Canterbury, Miles Dalton.
“It was exciting to see and hear from a number of business owners who have not entered in previous years, keen to learn more and find out how to enter in 2018. And of course, it’s always fantastic to welcome business owners who have entered past awards and are thinking of coming back for another go.”
Two new award categories were announced at the launch, bringing the total number of award categories to 11 for the first time ever. “This year we have introduced the Environmental Step Change Award, which is sponsored by Environment Canterbury, and the Community Enterprise Award sponsored by Pak’nSAVE Rangiora,” said Miles.
“We felt there was a strong market for these new categories as we have seen a lot of local businesses and organisations working to improve both the natural environment and the social fabric of their community through their business initiatives.”
Entries for the 2018 North Canterbury Business Awards are now open online, via the Enterprise North Canterbury website: www.northcanterbury.co.nz/business-awards. The website also has information on each category, the judges, entry criteria and the gala evening, for which tickets are now available.
With thanks to the 2018 North Canterbury Business Awards sponsors: