Horowhenua Chronicle

Top Shop Awards waives entry fee


The Electra Business & Innovation Awards Board has made the call to remove all fees surroundin­g entry for the Top Shop Awards.

It has been a tough few years across Aotearoa and this decision has been made to support local businesses by providing a free and easy-toaccess marketing opportunit­y via this popular award.

“Our board is passionate about supporting local businesses and encouragin­g the prosperity of our regions. We acknowledg­e how difficult the last few years have been for local businesses and want to respond by supporting them with this opportunit­y to profile and market their businesses,” said Business Ka¯piti Horowhenua chairman Breandan Duffy.

“We realise this is only a small action but we hope this gesture demonstrat­es our commitment to the local business community.”

Top Shop is aimed at recognisin­g those that are providing excellence in customer experience.

Businesses register to enter the competitio­n and then their customers do the talking, via a text-to-vote campaign that allows the general public to vote for the business in both the Horowhenua and Ka¯piti regions that delivers the best customer experience.

Votes will then be tallied and finalists will be named for each region and a winner will be announced at the business event of the year on September 30 — the Electra Business & Innovation Awards Night.

Top Shop is for all customer-facing businesses not just those with a shop front, anyone with customers can enter.

Organisers said it only takes 2 minutes to register online and all entrants go in the draw to win an iPhone 13 — thanks to generous sponsors — Vodafone.

All finalists will receive an annual membership to Ka¯piti Coast Chamber of Commerce.

Top Shop is currently open for business registrati­ons until Monday, May 9.

The public text to vote will operate between: May 16 and 30.

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