Nom­i­na­tions open

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Nom­i­na­tions open this week for the Porirua Busi­ness Awards.

The awards, run by the Porirua Cham­ber of Com­merce and spon­sored by West­pac, will be held at Te Rau­paraha Arena on Novem­ber 22.

The Cham­ber’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Holly Thomp­son says as well as toast­ing achieve­ment in busi­ness in the city, it is a prime net­work­ing func­tion.

‘‘It’s great for the fi­nal­ists and our spon­sors but we need to be ac­knowl­edg­ing peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions that are both mak­ing profit and grow­ing.

‘‘You can cel­e­brate wild suc­cess in the good years, but in the cur­rent eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment I think it’s im­por­tant to recog­nise those that are steady, or grow­ing and adapt­ing. So many of these small busi­ness peo­ple could be earn­ing a salary some­where else but they are tak­ing risks.’’

To that end, the busi­ness awards will fea­ture a mi­cro-busi­ness cat­e­gory for the first time, which is aimed at the high num­ber of Porirua com­pa­nies that have just one or two em­ploy­ees.

There will also be an in­au­gu­ral large busi­ness award, for those that em­ploy 25 or more staff.

All up there are 12 cat­e­gories in­clud­ing the award for best young em­ployee.

Go to www.poriru­acham­ to down­load an en­try form for the busi­ness awards. Nom­i­na­tions close Oc­to­ber 5.

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