Can­ter­bury’s busi­ness he­roes tell their sto­ries

The Press - - Advertising Feature - PETER TOWNSEND

Our eco­nomic per­for­mance re­mains strong and ahead of the rest of New Zealand, both in Christchurch and across Can­ter­bury. That is tes­ta­ment to the com­mit­ment and de­ter­mi­na­tion of the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

This year marks the 15th an­niver­sary of the Cham­pion Can­ter­bury Busi­ness Awards. Over the past 15 years, the Awards have con­tin­ued to evolve in the pur­suit of cre­at­ing a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the busi­ness ac­tiv­ity that oc­curs in Can­ter­bury and cel­e­brat­ing those peo­ple who are mak­ing a re­mark­able eco­nomic con­tri­bu­tion to our re­gion.

We have been for­tu­nate to have re­tained a loyal group of spon­sors who have worked closely with Cham­pion Can­ter­bury Ltd to en­sure that the Awards re­main high pro­file, rel­e­vant and vi­able. In cel­e­brat­ing our 15th year, I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing a record at­ten­dance of 1,350 guests on the Awards night.

The Cham­pion Can­ter­bury Busi­ness Awards are unashamedly about cel­e­brat­ing busi­ness suc­cess and en­cour­ag­ing the wider com­mu­nity to recog­nise the val­ued con­tri­bu­tion busi­ness makes to our re­gion. Our eco­nomic per­for­mance re­mains strong and ahead of the rest of New Zealand, both in Christchurch and across Can­ter­bury. That is tes­ta­ment to the com­mit­ment and de­ter­mi­na­tion of the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Those busi­nesses in turn rely on ded­i­cated and loyal employees who are fun­da­men­tal to busi­ness suc­cess.

A com­bi­na­tion of our abun­dant nat­u­ral re­sources, our in­creas­ingly so­phis­ti­cated use of tech­nol­ogy, good lead­er­ship, strong in­vestor sup­port and im­por­tantly great peo­ple make this a re­gion where busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties abound.

It is al­ways ex­cit­ing when ob­serv­ing the en­tries into the Cham­pion Can­ter­bury Busi­ness Awards to see what a di­verse ma­trix of busi­nesses and sup­port­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions we have in our re­gion. We are the world’s best at a lot of what we do and we have abun­dant re­sources to un­der­pin our ac­tiv­ity. These Awards al­low our busi­ness he­roes to tell their sto­ries, and with great jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, raise their pro­file as im­por­tant play­ers in our econ­omy.

As we con­tinue to ad­vance the re­cre­ation of Christchurch, we see a rapidly evolv­ing city which is in­creas­ingly be­com­ing a city of choice. A city of choice for peo­ple to live, to work, to be ed­u­cated, to raise their fam­i­lies and to en­joy all the unique ameni­ties we have in our city and in our re­gion.

Many of our struc­tures, our in­fra­struc­ture, our busi­ness prac­tices and the wider com­mu­nity have leap-frogged into a new era tak­ing up new ways of do­ing things be­cause we had to. It will be up to the rest of New Zealand to try to keep up with us as we race into a vi­brant and pos­i­tive fu­ture. The busi­nesses of Can­ter­bury play a piv­otal role in un­der­pin­ning our city and our re­gion as des­ti­na­tions of choice.

I want to thank our loyal fam­ily of spon­sors who make these Awards pos­si­ble, a spe­cial vote of thanks to the team that en­sure that this night of cel­e­bra­tion is mem­o­rable and un­beaten in terms of its of­fer­ing across the coun­try.

I also wish to con­grat­u­late all of those busi­nesses who will en­joy suc­cess and ex­tend my ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the wider busi­ness com­mu­nity for the won­der­ful things it con­tin­ues to do for our re­gion. This will be my last year as chair of the Cham­pion Can­ter­bury Busi­ness Awards, a po­si­tion I have held since the awards in­cep­tion.

It has been an hon­our to work with all of the peo­ple who have made these Awards so spe­cial over so many years. ❚

Peter Townsend is chief ex­ec­u­tive of Can­ter­bury Em­ploy­ers’ Cham­ber of Com­merce and chair­man of Cham­pion Can­ter­bury Busi­ness Awards

Peter Townsend: ‘‘As we con­tinue to ad­vance the re­cre­ation of Christchurch, we see a rapidly evolv­ing city which is in­creas­ingly be­com­ing a city of choice.’’

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