Entries for Waipā’s premier business wards have opened – and signs are they will be keenly contested.
The Waipa Networks Business Awards, which have become biennial, will culminate in a function at Mystery Creek next April.
But in the meantime nomination have been open for a week and run through to February.
The awards are organised by the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce with support from their Te Awamutu counterpart.
Cambridge chamber chief Kelly Bouzaid said it was evident from before entries opened that there was high interest.
“We are seeing it with the number of registrations of interest we are recording on our website,” she said.
The 2023 awards provide an opportunity for businesses which have battled through Covid lockdowns and limitations to celebrate their success.
“There are lots of stories to tell and we are looking forward to hearing them,” she said.
It was more important than ever to acknowledge the district’s businesses achievements “and continue to inspire each other to continue to be one of the most diverse and innovative business communities in the country.”
Waipa Networks chief Sean Horgan said the company had long supported the awards and it was “great to be part of an event that recognises and rewards excellence within our local business community”.
Kelly Bouzaid said people interested in the being part of the awards could contact her to organise one on one workshops.
Good Local Media, publishers of the Te Awamutu News and Cambridge News will sponsor the Customer Choice award which is decided by public voting.