Tokoroa’s best recognised
One hundred and thirty Tokoroa businesses were nominated but there could only be one supreme winner at the Tokoroa Business Excellence Awards.
That prize went to Unichem Centre Pharmacy which also won the Best Professional Service Retail prize earlier in the night.
In accepting Unichem’s awards Mike Keys paid tribute to his staff members saying they had earned the accolade.
‘‘This award really goes to the beautiful women at table 17,’’ he said.
Last year’s supreme winner Morrissey’s had to settle for a second consecutive award for Best Independent Retail.
The People’s Choice Award, chosen solely from public votes, went for a second year Lomond Avenue Takeaways.
The awards were held at the Te Wananga O Aotearoa function centre. The 200 attending were entertained during dinner by the Off Broadway Musical Theatre group while after the awards they danced to the Tim Armstrong Band.
The evening started with a speech from South Waikato District Mayor Neil Sinclair who spoke of the new businesses coming to Tokoroa.
However, he said it was the quality of the businesses already in the town that attracted outsiders.
Mr Sinclair said the businesses had served their community through a hard few years but times were changing and Friday was a night for celebration.
Ian Whyte from awards sponsor Carter Holt Harvey
Unichem’s Mike Keys receives the supreme award from South Waikato District Mayor Neil Sinclair. said the company’s Kinleith Mill had had a good year in 2010.
International prices for the mill’s goods were high and the company was introducing an internship programme.
Awards evening coorganiser South Waikato News manager Paula Baxter said the night was a success and a celebration of Tokoroa’s business community.
‘‘Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists,’’ she said.
‘‘Choosing the winners was a difficult job for the judges.’’
Mrs Baxter said there had been a big increase in the number of nominations this year.
TWICE AS NICE: Larry Sullivan (left) and Evan Dickinson from Morrissey’s celebrate a second win for Best Independent Retail.
PARTY TIME: With the awards handed out it was the Tim Armstrong Band’s turn to entertain.