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Business Excellence Awards Finalists Announced

Media Release 7 November 2008

Business Excellence Awards Finalists Announced

Sir Robin Gray, Chairman of the Award’s Judges has announced the finalists of the prestigious 2008 Westpac Otago Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. The finalists were short listed from a robust number of entrants with over 88 businesses confirmed across 118 category entries. Winners of the Awards will be announced at a special ceremony on Friday 21 November 2008.

Sir Robin Gray reinforced the impressive quality and diversity of Dunedin and Otago entrants. Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie said the Westpac Supreme Business Excellence Award winner will be announced at the dinner.

The OBIZ Awards were established by Westpac and the Otago Chamber of Commerce to celebrate business excellence in Otago. The aim of the awards is to help people focus and promote their business, and to present them with the opportunity to gain recognition for their achievements.

Finalists of the 2008 Westpac Otago Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards

Category and Company (listed alphabetically)

EMERGING BUSINESS Cherryvite, Green Man Brewery Ltd, Otago Central Hotel, Vouchermate
ETHICS Nature Guides Otago Ltd, Otago Youth Wellness Trust, Youthline Otago
DESIGN Doe a Deer, Escea, Mohua Park Catlins Wildlife Trackers
INTERNATIONAL TRADER Escea, Innovative Learning, New Zealand Honey Company
MANUFACTURING/PRIMARY Escea, Hillside Engineering, Taieri Print
NOT-FOR-PROFIT Dunedin Chinese Gardens Trust, Friends of the Dunedin Botanic Garden, Upstart, Youthline Otago
RESEARCH & INNOVATION Robotic Technologies Ltd, Tracmap NZ Ltd,
University of Otago High-Throughput DNA Sequencing Unit
RETAIL Nichols Garden Group, Presbyterian Support Otago, Strawberry Sound
SERVICE Fleurs Place, Les Mills Dunedin, Mornington Health Centre, Port Otago Ltd
SUSTAINABILITY Destination Organic, Smart Bottles Ltd & Green Man Brewery Ltd
TOURISM Hare Hill Horse Treks, Otago Museum, Otago Peninsula Trust, Trail Journeys Ltd
ACC WORKPLACE SAFETY Otago District Health Board, BeautynMind Ltd
FUTURE BUSINESS LEADER Clare Wilson, Mike Horne, Joel Peasey, Callum Wood
SUPREME BUSINESS EXCELLENCE Finalists and winner will be announced at the Awards

Tickets to the 2008 Westpac Otago Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards ceremony are selling fast. To book a table of 10 or individual seats for this special ceremony and dinner please contact the Otago Chamber of Commerce, on (03) 479 0181.


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