Leeann Watson — awards an opportunity for the business community to come together

Awards never more important

by Mike Isle

Entries to The Westpac Champion Business Awards are now open, with Leeann Watson, chief executive of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, saying the awards have “never been more important”.

Watson said the awards continue to be an opportunity for the Canterbury business community to come together to celebrate success and to showcase this success at a national level.

“The awards are a celebration of our region’s brightest. They recognise and celebrate businesses that embody innovation, excellence and success, rewarding the businesses that shape the future of Canterbury and New Zealand.

“There is no doubt that our region has been through some challenging times over the last few years, so coming together for something so positive has never been more important.

“For our local businesses, these awards are a fantastic way to broadcast that they are proud of their team’s achievements, and even just being nominated can contribute to a positive, engaging culture. It’s always so heartening to see the immense pride on the faces of all those involved at the end of the programme.”

Naming partner Westpac has been a long-term partner of the awards, which Westpac’s area manager commercial banking, Mark Forward, said reinforces the organisation’s commitment to the success of the Canterbury region.

Nominations close May 24, with entries to close on June 17. Finalists will be announced on August 7, with the awards ceremony on the evening of Wednesday, September 18.

The awards are free to enter and open to individuals and organisations of all sizes and from any industry sector, including the not-for-profit sector.