John­son set­tles in at the cham­ber


‘‘Busi­ness was what built this city and peo­ple are still at­tracted to Porirua.’’ Tracy John­son

There was a chang­ing of the guard at the Porirua Cham­ber of Commerce, with Tracy John­son tak­ing up the reins in April. She re­placed Holly Thomp­son.

John­son said there were some really good busi­nesses in, or com­ing to, Porirua, and they were get­ting good re­sults.

She has set her­self the goal of con­tin­u­ing the mo­men­tum of busi­nesses in Porirua next year.

‘‘Busi­ness was what built this city and peo­ple are still at­tracted to Porirua,’’ John­son said. ‘‘Really good stuff hap­pens in Porirua, but we want to speed up the process and help busi­nesses grow.’’

A stand­out com­pany of 2015 was con­tact cen­tre Con­nect Global, which won the medium busi­ness, pro­fes­sional ser­vices, in­no­va­tion cat­e­gories and supreme awards at the West­pac Porirua Busi­ness Awards.

John­son said though Con­nect Global was of­ten asked to move to Welling­ton or Auck­land, it had de­cided to stay in Porirua.

Other top busi­nesses this year were Reds Hair­dress­ing, win­ner of the small busi­ness and health and beauty sec­tions at the awards, and Stella Creations, which picked up an award in re­tail.

One of Porirua’s best known and most es­tab­lished busi­nesses, Whittaker’s, had an­other pro­duc­tive year.

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