Business owners encouraged to enter awards 21 May 2018 Applications are now open for the 2018 Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards. Organiser Kate Rigg urges business owners keen to know more, to attend one of the Q & A sessions being held in Hauraki and Thames-Coromandel districts this month. (Photo: Last year's Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards Supreme Award winner AgriSea NZ Ltd.) “The feedback we’ve received from those who entered last year’s awards has been that taking part was incredibly beneficial for their business in all sorts of unexpected ways,” she says. Hosted by Awards committee members, the Q&A sessions are designed to clarify what the awards are about and what’s involved in the application process. General Manager of last year’s Supreme Award winner, AgriSea NZ Ltd, Tane Bradley says his company gained much more than a trophy from throwing its hat in the ring. “It was a fantastic opportunity to reflect on our own systems and processes, but also to be part of something bigger than us,” he said. “The absolute highlight for me was to celebrate with other businesses doing all kinds of great things within our community. We’re all so busy running our own companies it’s easy to forget to stop and share our successes and learnings with each other. This is what the awards are all about.” Launched for the first time last year, the Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the contribution our businesses are making here, and on the global stage. Our Mayor Sandra Goudie says it's important to acknowledge what our local businesses bring to the community. "We do need to celebrate everything that we have to offer," says Mayor Sandra. "These awards are about recognising the work our local business people put in, the services and products they offer, and the employment they bring to the Coromandel," she says. Businesses can enter in any of these categories: To see the complete list of last year's award winners and finalists, click here. Manufacturing and Trade Retail Community Tourism and Hospitality Primary and Rural Emerging Business Professional Services Service to Business Category details and application forms are available on the Hauraki Coromandel Buiness Awards website. Applications close on 31 July and the awards ceremony is on 27 September at the Grand Mercure Puka Park in Pauanui. In addition, there will be a People's Choice Award selected by popular vote. Businesses in this category are nominated by the public. To win, nominees must gather as many votes as possible by 17 September. Nominations open on 18 June and close 29 July. Nominations and voting will take place through the Award's website and Facebook page. Q & A Sessions 22 May, 12pm Paeroa: Positive Paeroa, 101 Normanby Road 23 May, 8am Waihi: Eaten Café, 34 Rosemont Road 23 May, 10am Coromandel Town: TCDC Service Centre, 355 Kapanga Road 23 May, 12pm Ngatea: 18a Orchard Road (front door entrance is between Ngatea Meats & Ebony Clothing) 23 May, 12.30pm Thames: Mediaworks, 418 Pollen Street 23 May, 2pm Whitianga: Mediaworks, 162 Albert Street 31 May, 9am Whangamata: TCDC Service Centre, 620 Port Road Please register your interest by calling Lisa on 07 901 0100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Find out more:www.haurakicoromandelbusinessawards.co.nz For further information please contact Kate Rigg on email@example.com or 021 989 993. Showcase your business at the 2018 Business Expo While you're preparing your application for the Business Awards, consider showcasing your business at the Thames Business and Careers Expo (CAN DO). The Expo is run by Coromandel Action Network District Owned (CAN DO), a group of like-minded people in our district's business community focused on growth and employment. They year's it's being held on 8 August and right now we're calling for businesses to attend the Expo, including one or two major sponsors. We'll be inviting schools from around the Coromandel and Hauraki Plains to send their students, plus anyone else is welcome to attend, have a look around, and chat to business representatives. If you're out of school and looking for work, come along and check out the jobs board. There might be a vacancy for you. "The Expo is an opportunity for business operators to meet their future workforce and show them what you do," says Marlene Perry, our Council's Economic Development Officer. "Inspire the future workforce and get them on the right track to learn the skills for your industry. It's like a show and tell for our business community - you can highlight apprenticeship opportunities or other training pathways," Ms Perry says. It's not limited to industry and trades, professional services such as accountancy and legal firms, IT and marketing services and others are also welcome to attend. Register your interest by 30 June at www.candothames.org.nz or contact Marlene Perry on firstname.lastname@example.org.