Waikato Inc: December 1

Last updated 08:51 01/12/2012

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Award for businessman

Waikato businessman and entrepreneur Sir William "Bill" Gallagher has won New Zealand's most prestigious engineering award. At the New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards last night, Gallagher won the William Pickering Award for Engineering Leadership. The award is named for Sir William Pickering, one of the world's eminent engineers, and recognises an engineer who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and is a role model for other engineers. Gallagher is the longstanding group chief executive and chairman of the Gallagher Group and has dedicated his working life to building the family company. The company is a leader in pastoral farming technology including electric fencing, live animal weighing and electronic identification, as well as wildlife fencing. His recognition as an engineer includes election as a Distinguished Fellow of Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand last year.

Pool firm wins again

Hamilton pool and spa care business PoolWerx has been named the best home servicing franchise in the country for the second time. The owners, husband and wife David and Prue Kimber, were recognised at Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards for their performance in the past 12 months. The company also won the award in 2010. The Kimbers have had year-on-year double digit growth including a 12 per cent commercial sales boost in the last year.

The couple have three mobile vans servicing pool owners in the Waikato region, and say their next goal for PoolWerx Hamilton is a retail store.

Master Builders Association

The Waikato Registered Master Builders Association has opened new offices at 94 Vickery St. Construction House will be the flagship for the association and a meeting point for members and trades.

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