Win­ner for sec­ond suc­ces­sive year

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By TERESA HATTAN

Mata­mata’s Ap­par­el­mas­ter has won the com­pany’s fran­chise of the year for the sec­ond year in a row, beat­ing out 33 other fran­chises around the coun­try for the top award.

Ap­par­el­mas­ter is a work­place rental and laun­dry so­lu­tions com­pany owned by lo­cals Allan and Raewyn Lam­bert, who have been in busi­ness for 10 years. Their com­pany ser­vices a wide area, in­clud­ing Te Aroha, Mor­rinsville, Cam­bridge, Ti­rau, Pu­taruru and as far away as Litch­field.

Lam­bert said claim­ing the top award was quite a process and he was sur­prised to win again, con­sid­er­ing they were up against big fran­chises in Auck­land and Christchurch.

As part of the pro­cesses in achiev­ing the award, the com­pany’s work pro­ce­dures were looked at.

Lam­bert said he was also proud that he and his staff had achieved the In­step sus­tain­abil­ity award.

‘‘We al­ways look at our sus­tain­abil­ity,’’ he said.

Lam­bert said Ap­par­el­mas­ter were also very proud spon­sors of the Life Ed­u­ca­tion Trust. At the awards evening a to­tal of $15,000 was raised for the char­ity which teaches health and nutri­tion to thou­sands of Kiwi kids each year.

Lam­bert said he couldn’t be prouder of his team for re­tain­ing the top ti­tle.

‘‘It’s a great team ef­fort. Be­ing able to achieve that is no mean feat. It’s a re­flec­tion of how hard staff work in the busi­ness,’’ he said.

Recog­ni­tion will also come from the com­pany’s head of­fice in Welling­ton, which is ar­rang­ing to take staff out.

Allan, Raewyn and their staff want to thank their loyal cus­tomers around the Waikato for their on­go­ing sup­port.

Photo: TERESA HATTAN

Cen­tral re­gional man­ager Pam Ryan, left, with the Mata­mata

Chron­i­cle’s Spot the Dif­fer­ence win­ner Nancy Cocks. Nancy was the lucky win­ner of a $50 Life Phar­macy voucher af­ter her name was

drawn in the Chron­i­cle’s com­pe­ti­tion in the Welcome to

the Dis­trict pub­li­ca­tion.

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