Awards open May 1

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Two new cat­e­gories have been added to this year’s Hau­raki Coro­man­del Busi­ness Awards, which open on May 1.

The awards, which were held for the first time in Septem­ber last year, are run by the Hau­raki Coro­man­del Busi­ness Awards com­mit­tee, which will now of­fer new cat­e­gories for ser­vices to busi­ness and pro­fes­sional ser­vices.

Awards founder Kate Rigg said the ser­vices to busi­ness cat­e­gory called for nom­i­na­tions for peo­ple who had done a lot for busi­ness in the re­gion.

‘‘It could be some­body who has men­tored or coached a lot of busi­nesses or it could be a leader or a man­ager of a busi­ness who have given their time into other in­dus­tries as well,’’ she said. ‘‘Quite of­ten you come across some­body who’s done so much for in­dus­tries over the years. It’s a nice way to recog­nise the peo­ple who have given their all to busi­ness in the re­gion.’’

The new pro­fes­sional ser­vices cat­e­gory was to cel­e­brate busi­nesses such as lawyers, real es­tate and med­i­cal and fi­nan­cial ser­vices, which came un­der the re­tail cat­e­gory last year, caus­ing con­fu­sion. The two new cat­e­gories re­placed the in­no­va­tion and sus­tain­able busi­ness cat­e­gories, which had been tied into all the cat­e­gories, she said.

‘‘It’s not like [they’ve] been re­moved, it’s just that we feel that there’s lots of busi­nesses that prob­a­bly tick that box in the other ar­eas any­way.’’

Other cat­e­gories in­clude man­u­fac­tur­ing and trade, re­tail, com­mu­nity/ser­vices, tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity, pri­mary/ru­ral and emerg­ing busi­ness.

There’s also the peo­ple’s choice award, which is nom­i­nated by the pub­lic. Nom­i­na­tions for the peo­ple’s choice cat­e­gory open on June 18 and close on July 29. To win, nom­i­nees must gather as many votes on­line or on Face­book by Septem­ber 17.

The prize for the supreme award, which was won by Paeroa busi­ness Agrisea last year, would be a $2000 men­tor­ing pack­age from Waikato In­no­va­tion Park, in­stead of $1000 cash. All win­ners will be an­nounced at a spe­cial gala event at Grand Mer­cure Puka Park on Septem­ber 27.

Rigg said she founded the busi­ness awards with sup­port from lo­cal councils, busi­nesses through­out the re­gion and spon­sors. ‘‘I couldn’t be­lieve we didn’t have some­thing lo­cally to cel­e­brate our suc­cesses when I kept hear­ing all these amaz­ing sto­ries,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s a net­work­ing, cel­e­bra­tion time which is awe­some.’’

See hau­ra­ki­coro­man­del­busi­nes­sawards.co.nz

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Agrisea won the supreme award at last year’s Hau­raki Coro­man­del Busi­ness Awards.

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