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Leading Light Awards finalists announced

Media release – 21 September 2016


Leading Light Awards finalists announced


The finalists in the 2016 West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards have today been revealed, with 21 finalists vying for the prestigious awards.

Development West Coast Chief Executive Chris Mackenzie says the finalists represent a wide range of local businesses, across a variety of industries.

“And that embodies the spirit of awards which is to showcase the very best in business and industry across our region. I am very much looking forward to the evening so that we can celebrate our people and their achievements and I am pleased that DWC is able to take a key role in promoting that success.”

The gala event is being held at Shantytown on Friday 14 October, and will be emceed by television personality Ric Salizzo.

Mr Mackenzie says the awards, which are into their fifth year, have been designed to recognise and appreciate success achieved with the backdrop of the unique challenges that West Coast businesses face.

He says the successes of West Coast industries stems from the way local businesses support each other to collectively ensure the region is prosperous.

“The awards evening itself is also testament to that. Those involved go to a lot of effort to make this gala event a night to remember, which is as it should be given the high calibre of the finalists.”

Finalists for the 2016 Leading Light Business Excellence Awards have been chosen across seven different categories. The supreme winner will be selected from the category winners.

Last year Holcim Cement Westport Works was crowned the supreme winner, taking out the Greymouth Star Super Nova Award.

The 2016 Awards finalists are:

Duncan Cotterill Large Enterprise
WestReef Services Ltd
Land Corp Buller

Crombie Lockwood Medium Enterprise
Design Windows West Coast
Cuffs Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors
Robert Caldana Builder Ltd

NZME Newstalk ZB Small Enterprise
Em’s Power Cookies
John Wood and Associates
Mark Jones Collision Repairs

Westland Milk Products Not for Profit
The West Coast Trades Academy
Mokihinui–Lyell Backcountry Trust – The Old Ghost Road Project
West Coast District Health Board

Christchurch Airport Tourism & Hospitality
Robert Harris Café, Greymouth
Underworld Adventures Ltd
Coleraine Apartments and Suites

ACC Workplace Safety Award
Robert Caldana Builder Ltd
Design Windows West Coast
Cuffs Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors
WestReef Services Ltd

Department of Conservation Environment Award
Landcorp Buller
Em’s Power Cookies
WestReef Services


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