Businesses take pride in Putaruru
There was a lot of pride in Putaruru last Thursday night as the central business district came together to celebrate its success.
The Putaruru Business Awards Celebration organised by Pride in Putaruru pulled together a great night on a ‘‘shoe-string budget’’, Pride in Putaruru manager Rebecca Sanson said.
Funding for the event came from ticket sales and a small budget. ‘‘It was a fantastic event and I am pleased with the number of businesses that came out to celebrate. We wanted to keep it affordable so everybody could attend.’’
Guests were greeted with a complimentary drink and nibbles were served throughout the night.
Pride in Putaruru thanks speaker Danny Mcbride, Hadas- sah, Aaron Gott, Dougy Petley, the St Mary’s kapa haka group and Josh Cranch for their performances, the Putaruru Fire Brigade for its assistance and the businesses that helped make the evening the success it was.
‘‘The feedback along with Pride in Putaruru’s own evaluation has been extremely positive with a few points to work on for next year.’’ Miss Sanson said. The winners are as follows: Professional services, Tim Kinder;
Community services, Waikato River Trails;
Hospitality (joint winners), @ Junction, Hog and Hounds;
Health and beauty, Cuts Hair Stylist;
Retail, Over the Moon Dairy Company;
Rural services and contractors Farmlands Putaruru; Tradesmen, Art n’ Signs; Youth services, Putaruru Childcare;
Automotive services Beaurepairs Putaruru;
Eateries (joint winners) Rhubarb Cafe and Pause Cafe; Service to the community (joint winners), Graham Brown and Associates, Van Dyks Putaruru;
People’s Choice Award, Super Liquor Putaruru ;
Entrepreneurial awards, Blake Family Trust;
Best business overall, Farmlands Putaruru.
KEEPING IT LOCAL: A kapa haka performance from St Mary’s Catholic School was just the beginning of brilliant local acts at the Putaruru Business Awards celebration.