Top businesses front up for judges’ scrutiny
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.