This week in Business Time

Last updated 09:35 25/06/2014

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Here's what's going on in the Manawatu business world this week. 

Best site award

A Palmerston North company took out one of the most coveted awards at the National Fieldays this year. Agricultural company Bell-Booth Ltd took out Best Mystery Creek Pavilion site. This was the second best site award for the Palmerston North firm, previously winning Best Medium Outdoor site in 2007. The best site awards are separated into several different categories, including the Best Food Vendor site and Best Premier Feature site.

Win for apprentice

Hughes Joinery took home Palmerston North's only win at the NZ Master Joiner Awards that were held on Saturday, June 21. Hughes Joinery apprentice James Coutts won Best Fitment (0 to 4000 hours) in the apprentice awards category.

Healthy competition

There are 12 Central North Island apprentices vying for the title of Registered Master Builders Carters 2014 Apprentice of the Year. In total, there are 134 apprentices competing for the title and a share of $100,000 worth of prizes. Regional judging is about to start, with the Central North Island regional Apprentice of the Year being announced at an awards ceremony in Palmerston North on August 22.

Send business news to editor@msl.co.nz (with Business Time in the subject line) or call reporter Kelsey Wilkie on 06 355 8778.

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