News honours business
South Waikato News will hold the Tokoroa Business Awards this year and manager Paula Baxter couldn’t be more excited.
Mrs Baxter said it was important to celebrate local business even in hard economic times.
‘‘ We have to celebrate the achievements of our local business, even through hard times. Our local business have worked tirelessly for the benefit of our local shoppers and South Waikato News wants to offer them a good night out and a pat on the back for their work.’’
After approaching the South Waikato District Council, it was established there would be no funding available for the awards, however this did not deter the team at South Waikato News.
‘‘We just needed to think outside the square and work with no budget,’’ Mrs Baxter said.
‘‘We have had fantastic support from the business community, who agree that an annual awards promotion is much-needed.
‘‘Business is hard enough at present. People aren’t spending money the way they used to, and business owners still need to make a living. What more of a reason do you need to celebrate the business we do have?’’
The promotion begins today and the awards evening will take place on Saturday, November 12 at the Tokoroa Club. Posters will be displayed around town and advertising will be in the South Waikato News each week, along with voting forms.
The promotion will be run simi- lar to how it has been in the past, with a change to the names of the categories. The public will nominate businesses and vote for them.
The three businesses with the most votes in each category will be judged by an independent person from outside the district and a winner will be decided.
Tickets for the awards evening are $60 and available from the South Waikato News office.
‘‘Tickets have already been sold, so I imagine it will be a sell-out,’’ Mrs Baxter said.
South Waikato News thanks sponsors The Tokoroa Club, Sign Magic, Stihl Shop, Export Meat, New World, ITM, Waiariki, Ngapo Lipscombe, i-Site and Mr Shift It.
CELEBRATING BUSINESS: Tokoroa Club manager Wayne Jowett with South Waikato News manager Paula Baxter and Kim Gibson are excited to be hosting the annual Tokoroa Business Awards.