Awards finalists show resilience

Last updated 09:21 16/08/2012
Peter Townsend
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RESILIENCE: Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend said last night the 40 finalists represented the sheer determination of the business sector following the Canterbury earthquakes.

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Forty Canterbury businesses and charitable organisations have made the final cut in the 2012 Champion Canterbury business awards.

Last night the 40 finalists were announced at a function at The Court Theatre from 180 entries, a record for the regional business awards. They are selected by a panel of judges.

Old and new faces feature in the line-up. Newcomers include BioBrew which produces microbial tools for the agriculture sector and Invert Robotics which develops robots which inspect industrial structures, Sheer Adventure, the brains behind Clip 'N Climb action entertainment, traffic and transport consultant Abley Transportation, redesign group which designs interiors for the global hospitality, retail and airport retail sectors, and Leighs Construction, a local company which is growing strongly.

Large firms among the finalists include civil construction company Fulton Hogan, Christchurch International Airport, Synlait Milk, Orion Health, Southern Cross Engineering and The Court Theatre Trust.

The awards, marking their tenth anniversary, celebrate local companies which excel in their fields. The Press is the lead sponsor.

Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend said last night the 40 represented the sheer determination and resilience of the business sector following the Canterbury earthquakes.

"We have been astounded by the way in which businesses have responded over the past 12 months, meeting challenges head-on and adapting business models to suit the new business environment in the Canterbury region," Townsend said.

A director of Champion Canterbury, Leanne Watson, said some of the attributes that stood out this year were the companies' forging of links with the community, their social responsibility and collaborative efforts within industries.

Many businesses operated under the radar and the awards provided a fantastic opportunity to showcase the talent in the business community.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on September 27.

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