Business Excellence Award finalists announced
A popular Timaru cafe and a children's indoor play facility are among the finalists in this year's regional business awards.
The 25 finalists for the 2017 South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards were announced on Friday.
Chamber of Commerce chief executive Wendy Smith said there had been an "excellent depth and range" of businesses entering the awards this year, "once again displaying the strength of our robust economy and the entrepreneurial and innovative make up of our community".
"This year's awards include Innovation and Technology and Workplace Safety Awards as well as an Employee Award that recognises the importance of our people within our businesses," she said.
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"The judges certainly had their work cut out choosing the finalists from 74 total entries and it will be an exciting gala night event to see who secures the category and special awards, the supreme overall winners award and the much sought after People's Choice award."
Two new category was also announced this year, recognising some of the region's top employees and safety conscious workplaces.
Finalists for the new Oceania Dairy Group Employee of the Year Award are Glenys Travers (Hebron Game Changers), Patricia Nicol (Hugh Smith Perry), and Michelle Keggenhoff (YMCA).
Bidwill Trust Hospital, Chipmunks Timaru, Fonterra Clandeboye, High Country Contracting, and Pye Group will vie for the new ACC Workplace Safety Award.
Fonterra, Pye Group, and Bidwill Trust Hospital are also in the running for the Alpine Energy Large Business Award, alongside Bernie's Bakery HQ and Fresh Choice Geraldine.
For the region's smaller businesses, the DB Draught Brewery Small Business Award will be contested by Chipmunks, Craighead Kindergarten, Restate Lt, and Vibrant Lighting.
Active Health, Arthur Street Kitchen, High Country Contracting, and Hunting and Fishing New Zealand will compete for the Ara Institute of Canterbury Medium Business Award.
The Business Excellence Awards gala evening will be held on August 18.