Top busi­nesses front up for judges’ scru­tiny

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Cel­e­brat­ing the best in business in Porirua was not a walk in the park for this year’s awards judges.

The West­pac Business Awards take place at Te Rau­paraha Arena on Thurs­day night. The dom­i­nant win­ner from 2013, Dis­as­ter Pre­pare Ltd, is nom­i­nated in two cat­e­gories this year.

A new cat­e­gory, trade ser­vices and sup­plies, had been added to the field, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Porirua Cham­ber of Com­merce Holly Thomp­son said, and health and beauty has been added to the re­tail cat­e­gory.

The stan­dard of en­tries was as high as it had ever been, Thomp­son said.

Many busi­nesses used the en­try process to have a hard look at their own business plan.

‘‘ It’s a bit more work for en­trants this year, but there needs to be a ro­bust­ness to it so the judges can make their calls in a fair way,’’ she said.

‘‘It hasn’t been easy for them, but they have told me they are in­cred­i­bly im­pressed with what they’ve seen.

‘‘ There has been a lot of de­bate and money won’t be able to buy some of the feed­back th­ese busi­nesses will re­ceive.’’

Thomp­son said one pleas­ing as­pect about the awards this year was the num­ber of new en­tries.

It was im­por­tant that busi­nesses in Porirua showed off what they were good at, she said.

‘‘We like to be hum­ble in New Zealand, so it’s not easy to get peo­ple to talk about what they’re very good at.

‘‘ The awards is one op­por­tu­nity to do just that and look at the great things hap­pen­ing in business in Porirua.’’

The business awards are the sec­ond big­gest event the cham­ber will host, be­hind the Porirua Expo.

They would also serve as a fan­tas­tic net­work­ing event, Thomp­son said.

Pleased: Holly Thomp­son says the stan­dard of en­tries is as high as it has ever been.

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