Business awards attract record entries
The Waikato Chamber of Commerce says this year’s business awards supported by Foster Construction Group has achieved a record number of entries. With 75 per cent more applicants this year aspiring to win their respective categories, the annual awards showcase the strength and quality of businesses in the Waikato, the chamber says. This year the Waikato Chamber of Commerce welcomed Foster Construction Group as the new awards sponsor. Fosters were eager to take on the opportunity and build on their continued support of the awards — they were previously a category sponsor — and the Waikato business community. Chamber chief operating officer Paula Sutton and events and marketing manager Sarah Hogan take lead roles in organising the awards. “It’s heartening to see the record number of entries this year, particularly at a time when businesses have been trying to manage their response to Covid and remain sustainable and resilient,” Sutton said. Sutton and the head judge, Dr Heather Connolly of the University of Waikato Management School, have helped ensure people felt supported and empowered to enter the awards, hosting weekly seminars to educate and guide potential entrants through the application process. There are 12 award categories up for grabs and a mix of veterans and first timers entering the 2021 Waikato Chamber of Commerce Business Award. Finalists will be announced on September 22 and the awards gala dinner is on November 12.