News hon­ours busi­ness

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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.

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