Have your say on best in busi­ness

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

Vot­ing has opened for the an­nual Best of Kar­ratha awards and res­i­dents are be­ing asked to have their say on which busi­nesses rep­re­sent the best the town has to of­fer.

Last Satur­day was the of­fi­cial first day of vot­ing for the Spirit 1260 Kar­ratha set of awards, which recog­nise out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions and service among Kar­ratha busi­nesses di­rectly from their cus­tomers.

Spirit 1260 Kar­ratha man­ager Ju­dith Chap­man said the awards, now in their eighth year, aimed to give res­i­dents a chance to ac­knowl­edge their favourite lo­cal busi­ness per­form­ers.

“We started the awards so we could look at what is pos­i­tive and good about the com­mu­nity, and so when some­one new comes to the com­mu­nity, they can check out who the best hair­dresser is, the best me­chanic and things like that,” she said. “It’s a bit of pos­i­tiv­ity for the whole com­mu­nity.”

Al­most 250 busi­nesses have been nom­i­nated this year across 17 cat­e­gories in­clud­ing best cof­fee, best burger, best cus­tomer service and best com­mu­nity vol­un­teers.

Fif­teen busi­nesses are also spon­sor­ing the awards and will have tablets set up in their stores where peo­ple can lodge their votes.

Ex­ter­nal online vot­ing is also avail­able.

Com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser and Spirit 1260 Kar­ratha ac­count ex­ec­u­tive Leen Vors­sel­mans said the awards were a sim­ple way to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the achieve­ments and hard work of lo­cal busi­nesses.

“I think it helps busi­ness in town as well, which is the ba­sis of a com­mu­nity,” she said.

“So I think it’s very im­por­tant that peo­ple get in­volved with the busi­nesses and sup­port.”

Vot­ing for the 2017 Best of Kar­ratha awards closes on July 31 and win­ners will be an­nounced on Au­gust 15. To vote, visit one of the 15 spon­sor busi­nesses with lo­gos on the Best of Kar­ratha posters or go to spir­i­tra­dio.com.au/kar­ratha.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Spirit 1260 Kar­ratha team Leen Vors­sel­mans, Pablo Miller, Kerri Read and Ju­dith Chap­man are call­ing on Kar­ratha res­i­dents to vote for the best lo­cal busi­nesses.

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