CBD cel­e­brates lo­cal busi­nesses

Hamilton News - - BUSINESS -

Hamil­ton’s CBD suc­cess was cel­e­brated last week at an awards cer­e­mony at the old Hamil­ton Ho­tel.

The 96-year-old her­itage build­ing in Vic­to­ria Street showed some of its former sparkle and glam­our be­fore it is re­pur­posed as part of the wider de­vel­op­ment site for the new Waikato Re­gional Theatre.

Hamil­ton Cen­tral Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion gen­eral man­ager Vanessa Wil­liams said the trans­for­ma­tion of the venue for one night only would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port and ef­forts of lo­cal spon­sors and sup­port­ers.

“While the old ho­tel was a show­piece in its day, it hadn’t been in­hab­ited for a sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod of time.

“The team at Fos­ter Main­tain did a fan­tas­tic job trans­form­ing the venue to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful space for 200 guests to min­gle and cel­e­brate,” Ms Wil­liams said.

“I’m con­stantly wowed by the cal­i­bre of busi­nesses in Hamil­ton’s CBD. We com­pete on ev­ery stage — lo­cal, na­tional, and in­ter­na­tional, and that is some­thing to be in­cred­i­bly proud of.”

Act­ing chair­per­son of the Hamil­ton Cen­tral Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion Con­nie Chit­tock said the awards high­lighted the out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions of busi­nesses to the de­vel­op­ment of a vi­brant city cen­tre. ■

An­drew Steven­son, Leah Gart­ner, Har­ri­ette Evans and Paul Pas­tor from Beca col­lect­ing their pro­fes­sional ser­vices award.MORE PHO­TOS: page 21

Pho­tos / Sup­plied

Gemma Ma­jor and Stacey Fi­field from Seed Waikato col­lect­ing their So­cial En­ter­prise Award.

Pat Chai­mon­tree of Banh Mi Caphe with the highly com­mended pub­lic vote award.

Zeal man­ager Lehi Lee-dun­can with the so­cial en­ter­prise win­ner award.

Rachel and Chris Lander from Mark One Comics with their Re­tail Busi­ness Award.

Cherie Meecham and Dan Sil­ver­ton from the Waikato Mu­seum, who were run­ners up in the Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity Busi­ness Award.

Matt Stark with his CBD Hero award.

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