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Hutt Valley Business Excellence Award Finalists Named

Hutt Valley Business Excellence Award Finalists Named

Picking a supreme winner from a top line-up of Hutt Valley businesses will be a tough call for judges at this year’s prestige Westpac Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce business excellence awards to be staged at the Avalon Studios on Friday 7 November, says chamber Chief Executive Mark Futter

“Business confidence has grown in the last year and top performing companies and organisations have emerged to contest the awards this year,” he says.

The black tie awards dinner at the Avalon Studios has attracted more than 500 people.

“There is a lot of interest from across the Hutt Valley and the greater Wellington region in the awards which acknowledge excellence by companies, organisations and individuals who have made a significant contribution to business activity throughout the Hutt Valley and Wellington region during the year.

“The awards covers innovation in science and technology, manufacturing and service industries, hospitality and tourism, professional services and recognition of emerging organisations that will grow in the future,” he says.

The Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce & Industry plays a vital role in supporting the growth of business enterprise across the region.

“Our job is to support and nurture new business and help them succeed through introductions to other chamber members, learning and development, and promoting growth and investment in the cities of Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt, and the wider Wellington region” he says.

Mr Futter believes the business excellence awards promote and encourage business achievement and enterprise, essential ingredients to business growth.

“The successful companies have set the standards for others to follow and emulate,” he says.

Westpac sponsor the event and Westpac Business Development Manager Dan Symons, says the business awards provide an opportunity to showcase examples of successful business enterprise in the community.

The Westpac Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards 2014,
Categories Finalists are:

Innovation (Sponsored by GNS Science) James Henry Ltd, Layer3 Limited, Sanpro Industries Ltd

Not For Profit (Sponsored by Spark Business Hutt-Kapiti) Earthlink Incorporated,
Petone Working Men's Club, Volunteer Hutt

Manufacturing and Distribution (Sponsored by BNZ) Aztech Engineering,
Howard Material Handling, Masterpet

Small Business (Sponsored by Gibson Sheat) Caci Lower Hutt, Duo Photography Ltd,
Driving Miss Daisy Upper Hutt, Future Thinking Limited, The Surveying Company

Professional Services (Sponsored by Boulcott Hospital) Enterprise Recruitment Wellington Limited,FlexiForce Limited, Laurenson Chartered Accountants Ltd, Neos Systems
Retail – North, Central, South (Sponsored by Petone Working Men’s Club) Cupcake Sweeties, La Bella Italia, Rasha Taylor Couture

Trade Services (Sponsored by Crowe Horwath (NZ) Limited) Quickstart Auto Electrical Ltd, Saxton Auto Group Ltd, Vogel Motors Hutt City

Hospitality and Tourism (Sponsored by Hutt News & Upper Hutt Leader)
Cobar Restaurant, The Sprig & Fern on Jackson Street, Trentham Function & Events Centre

Education in Business (Sponsored by Open Polytechnic of New Zealand)

Special Categories

Best Emerging Business (Sponsored by Grow Wellington)
Duo Photography Ltd, Future Thinking Limited, James Henry Ltd, Quickstart Auto Electrical Ltd

Young Business Person of the Year (Sponsored by Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce)
Hayden Kirk - Layer3 Limited, Kate Clancy - The Surveying Company

Sustainability (Sponsored by Hutt City Council)
James Henry Ltd, van Baarle Construction Limited

Leadership (Individual) (Sponsored by Westpac)
Adrian de la Fuente - Duo Photography Ltd, Lisa Martin - GoFi8ure,
Gaylene Hughes - JDI Business Coaching Ltd, Alan Parkin - The Surveying Company

Mayoral Award
Lynda Moore – Driving Miss Daisy Upper Hutt, Shirley Cressy – Earthlink Incorporated,
Gaylene Hughes - JDI Business Coaching Ltd, Antonio Cacace - La Bella Italia,
Rudy van Baarle - van Baarle Construction Limited

Retail Supreme Award (Sponsored by Upper Hutt City Council) to be announced on the Awards Night

Supreme Award (Sponsored by Westpac) to be announced on the Awards Night.


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