Overcoming adversity key to the region’s business renewal
Canterbury’s had a hard time of it in the past few years. From earthquakes to droughts to fires, the forces of Mother Nature have conspired to challenge residents and businesses.
But Cantabrians have responded, rebuilding their livelihoods and adapting to their new commercial landscape. Westpac, like the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, admires the way enterprises have overcome adversity, often emerging out the other side all the stronger.
The region is an impressive economic powerhouse in its own right, and is also critical to the operation of businesses across the South Island.
It’s why we continue to support the Champion Canterbury Business Awards.
Winning an award is, of course, the aim for entrants. But we’ve also been told, time and time again, that the experience of entering is its own reward.
That’s because the process encourages businesses to stop and take stock of their direction and strategy.
They also get to hear from other operators, and be inspired by the stories that flow from the stage during awards night.
In small pockets of industry, where everyone knows everyone, the achievements resonate deeply.
For that reason, Westpac sponsors 15 Business Excellence Awards programmes, from Northland to Southland.
Our business bankers also enjoy the opportunity because it’s a chance to consider the fruits of their own labour, and revel in their clients’ successes vicariously.
We see our role as providing the tools and expertise necessary to help grow businesses; awards night is when those results become apparent.
Our commitment to Canterbury will continue to endure, not only to businesses but residents and visitors as well.
Good luck to all this year’s entrants. And best of luck (and thanks) to the judges, too. They have the tough task of sorting through all of the very deserving finalists to find our winners. Entrants are always of a brilliant calibre and 2017 is no exception.
The region is an impressive economic powerhouse in its own right... Karen Silk Westpac