Entries open for Leading Light Awards

01 June 2024
Development West Coast
Entries are now open for the 2024 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards.

The gala event will be held on Friday 18 October at the West Coast Events Centre at Shantytown.

“The Leading Light Business Excellence Awards are a highlight in our calendar,” said DWC Chief Executive Heath Milne.

“The event provides an excellent platform to acknowledge and celebrate the innovation, adaptation, and leadership of West Coast businesses. We encourage all eligible businesses to enter and showcase their achievements.”

There are three general categories for business excellence that are dependent on the business size and three special awards that businesses can also enter:

  • Duncan Cotterill – Large Enterprise Award (16+ FTE’s and over),
  • Gallagher Insurance – Medium Enterprise Award (8-15 FTE’s),
  • NZME – Small Enterprise Award (less than 8 FTE’s).

There are also three special award categories:

  • Department of Conservation – Sustainability Award,
  • ACC - Employer of the Year Award,
  • Greymouth Star – Rising Star Award.

All category award winners will go in the running to win the Development West Coast – Supreme Award. All Finalists will earn the opportunity to have a professional promotional video made of their business provided by DWC as part of the prize pool.  Other prizes are supplied by NZME, the Greymouth Star, and Air New Zealand. 

"Being part of the Leading Light Awards was a massive confidence boost for us, having that sense that our work and values were being celebrated and supported by all our peers in the West Coast business community."

Barry Hughes from Okarito Kayaks

"The overwhelmingly positive exposure of the Awards has helped make us more visible to the rest of New Zealand, but it was that feeling of being awarded as a valued part of the West Coast community that really mattered most to us. We were hugely proud to be nominated, and even more so to win the Sustainability Award.” He adds

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