Silos to software among Champion Canterbury business awards finalists
Forty-five companies have made it to the finals of the Champion Canterbury Business Awards.
They range from a company offering visitor accommodation in converted grain silos to a start-up providing schools with a customised internet filtering service.
Champion Canterbury chairman Peter Townsend said the 150-plus entries reflected the diversity of the region's business scene with some relative new comers joining well established operators.
"There's always some surprises that come through, companies we've never heard of before, or that have been operating under the [radar] and have a special story to tell.
"The high calibre of the finalists across all categories reflects the fact that the Canterbury economy is a microcosm of the total New Zealand economy and we don't rely on just one sector."
Townsend said the annual "churn" of Christchurch businesses closing down, being sold or merged was 11.4 per cent before the earthquakes and in the post-quake period it had risen only slightly to 11.6 per cent.
That determination not to "roll over" and give up in hard times showed up in the award entries, and proved the business sector was well placed to help with the regeneration of the city, he said.
Champion Canterbury director Leeann Watson said the finalists has been chosen because they represented "best practice, aspiration and ambition" in their fields and winners would be announced at an awards ceremony on September 21.
Finalists Champion Canterbury Business Awards 2016
Small enterprise - Invert Robotics, Linewize Ltd, Onguard Ltd.
Medium/large enterprise - ARANZ Medical Ltd, eStar, South Fence Machinery.
Small enterprise - HireKING, LSDC 2011 Ltd, Red Electrical.
Medium/large enterprise - Acrow Ltd, Apollo Projects, SCIRT.
Champion professional service
Small enterprise - CreateIP, Go Media Ltd, Mint Design Ltd. Medium/large enterprise - AECOM New Zealand Ltd, Computer Concepts Ltd, Orbit Corporate Travel Christchurch.
Small enterprise - Canterbury Guiding Co, Quickenberry Guesthouse, SiloStay.
Medium/large - Haka Tours, Orana Wildlife Park, Tekapo Springs.
Small enterprise - Happyhire Canterbury, Oasis Beauty NZ Ltd, The Isaac Theatre Royal.
Medium/large enterprise - EBOS Group, High Country Salmon, Silvermoon Group.
Champion global operator
Small enterprise - Fraame Healthcare, Infratec Ltd, Redesign Group.
Medium/large enterprise - Foot Science international Ltd, Link Engine Management, Trineo Ltd.
Small enterprise - Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust, Catapult Employment Services, Life Education Trust Canterbury.
Medium/large enterprise - Christchurch City Mission, Laura Fergusson Trust (Canterbury), YMCA Christchurch.
ACC workplace safety
Apollo Projects, Mach3 Industries Ltd, Tumblar Products Ltd.