For­get Me Not, not for­got­ten

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

Deb­bie Now­ell has a very good rea­son to smile.

For the first time in nine years of busi­ness For­get Me Not Florist has been named a fi­nal­ist in the 2016 Mata­mata-Pi­ako Busi­ness Awards.

‘‘We are just su­per ex­cited, we try re­ally hard and it’s a nice lit­tle boost in the middle of win­ter,’’ says Deb­bie, owner/op­er­a­tor of For­get Me Not.

‘‘It’s recog­ni­tion of the hard work we put in to mak­ing our cus­tomers happy and an in­cen­tive to carry on, to know we are ap­pre­ci­ated.’’

Deb­bie says aside from the beau­ti­ful flow­ers, it’s the peo­ple who make her busi­ness worth­while and she happy to know that go­ing the ex­tra mile for her cus­tomers is ap­pre­ci­ated.

‘‘We are send­ing emo­tion, not send­ing flow­ers. It’s about be­ing there for peo­ple when they can’t be there. Whether it’s in love or sym­pa­thy, so that’s re­ally im­port- ant for us. We try so hard to get it right and make it a good ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘Be­ing in a small busi­ness is hard work, a lot of time and ded­i­ca­tion goes into it.’’

Vot­ing opened last week and closes on Fri­day (Aug 12). The awards will be pre­sented at the Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil’s Busi­ness Night Out on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 1 at the Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Cen­tre.

If you wish to pur­chase tick­etsvisit www.mpdc.govt.nz

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