CBD celebrates local businesses
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
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.