Phar­macy tops again

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE -

Toko­roa busi­nesses were cel­e­brated over the week­end for their on­go­ing com­mit­ment to the town.

More than 120 peo­ple at­tended the event, with nine lo­cal busi­nesses com­ing away with wins.

The 2011 Toko­roa Busi­ness of the Year win­ner Unichem Cen­tre Phar­macy has won the award two years in a row.

Unichem man­ager Mike Keys en­joyed the evening say­ing it was tes­ti­mony to his staff’s com­mit­ment to cus­tomer ser­vice.

‘‘ It was won­der­ful. It was great to win it for a sec­ond year in a row. It’s great for the staff to be recog­nised for their con­sis­tency.’’

Mr Keys be­lieved the con­sist- ency of ser­vice dis­played by his team was the rea­son for their con­tin­ued suc­cess.

‘‘It is won­der­ful for the team . . . We have formed re­la­tion­ships with the com­mu­nity and we know our cus­tomers by their first names,’’ he said.

South Waikato News man­ager Paula Bax­ter, who or­gan­ised the event, was over­whelmed by the sup­port from the busi­ness district.

‘‘This event would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port and com­mit­ment of lo­cal busi­nesses and our com­mu­nity. With­out fund­ing we won­dered whether it was worth go­ing ahead but it was ev­i­dent within the lo­cal busi­ness district that this what they wanted so we de­cided to go full steam ahead, and it was well worth it.’’

Mrs Bax­ter said the awards were a team ef­fort.

‘‘A num­ber of lo­cal busi­nesses as­sisted with spon­sor­ship of the awards and the suc­cess of the evening is some­thing we all can be proud of.’’

The awards were judged by Dianne Turco.

South Waikato News would like to thank the spon­sors Toko­roa Club, Sign Magic, Stihl Shop, Ex­port Meat Ware­house, Toko­roa New World, Tri­an­gle Tim­ber ITM, Wa­iariki, Ngapo Lip­scombe Law, Toko­roa I-site and Mr Shift It.

We are also grate­ful to guest speaker Taupo MP Louise Upston and MC Darin Coster.

UL­TI­MATE WIN­NERS: Toko­roa’s Unichem Phar­macy won the 2011 Busi­ness of the Year award at the Toko­roa Busi­ness Awards on Satur­day evening.

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