Great crowd for Waipā Networks Business Awards launch
The 2018 Waipa Networks Business Awards launched on April 5 at Mystery Creek Events Centre headquarters and saw record attendance from the Waipa and Raglan business communities.
The event, hosted by the Cambridge, Te Awamutu and Raglan Chambers of Commerce marked the opening of entries for the 2018 Awards of which Waikato Business News is one of the sponsors.
Just shy of 100 people attended the event, with a record number of 26 local businesses committing to enter this year’s awards on the night, with more subsequently expressing interest.
Attendees at the launch heard from sponsors, the head judge and a number of previous winners. The message was clear – there is much to be gained by entering the Awards and businesses are guaranteed to come out of it with tangible benefits whether they finish as winners or not.
Waipa District Council was in attendance as a sponsor of two awards categories and Steve Tritt, business development manager commented, “The Waipa Network Business Awards are a launching pad not only for finalists and winners, but for any business that makes the effort to enter."
Cambridge Chamber of Commerce chief executive Tania Witheford said the Awards encourage businesses to review, reflect and acknowledge achievements and milestones and gives an opportunity to celebrate the journey.
“Everyone who has entered the Awards, been a finalist or a winner, speaks of the incredible learnings they have taken from the experience and can articulate how this added value to their business, not to mention the fun and enjoyment on the night of the Awards”.
There are categories to suit all businesses and for-purpose organisations, as well as opportunities to nominate individuals for their contribution to a business and/or the local business community.
“It’s an opportunity to sit on the verandah for a moment and take stock of your business and reflect,” said Howard Davey, head judge, University of Waikato Management School.