Awards open May 1
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.’’
Agrisea won the supreme award at last year’s Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards.