Toko­roa’s best recog­nised

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

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.

REIGN­ING SUPREME:

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.

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