Back in business: awards return

The region’s business awards are back on the calendar after taking a 2020 Covid hit.

The annual awards which mark Waipā business excellence have been booked in for mid-April 2021.

The Cambridge Business Chamber has announced it will host the February 8 launch for the Waipa Networks Business Awards.

“Whilst Covid had been incredibly disruptive to our region’s businesses, there will be some wonderful stories of innovation, adaptation and leadership to showcase in the 2021 Awards programme,” the chamber’s chief executive Kelly Bouzaid said.

We are delighted to confirm Waipa Networks have continued their support as naming rights sponsors. Without them this premier business event would not be possible.”

The Awards are open to businesses in Waipā and aim to encourage and support businesses in their quest for success through sustainability, innovation, leadership, and excellence.

Categories in the Waipā Networks Business Awards have been revised to reflect business issues and strategies during 2020.

“We have reshaped the awards to reflect the current environment, recognising and celebrating Waipā’s resilience during this difficult time’” Kelly Bouzaid said.

“Any business, of any size, located in the Waipā district is eligible to enter. In recognition of the present working environment, we have made entering a very simple process, there are no lengthy forms to complete, and the judges will decide the winners by interviewing the nominees.

“There will be a minimal entry charge to enter the business awards and if businesses need help getting organised please contact us.”

Waipa Networks chief Adam Fletcher welcomed the return of the awards “not just to highlight the achievements of those in the local business community, but to acknowledge the solidarity that has, and continues, to help us through these challenging times.”

He said he looked forward to the awards and their role in recognising how endurance through leadership and innovation had fuelled success.”

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