The first round of judging has just been completed although the Awards Ceremony itself has been postponed because of the impending Omicron outbreak.
DWC Project Manager, Helen Wilson, consulted with the Sponsors of the Awards as well as the event venue managers, Shantytown, and the MC and Guest Speaker, before making the difficult decision to postpone the event until the country is in an Orange setting.
“There are some positives though - each of our finalists will be able to enjoy the limelight for a little longer!
“We are still determined to celebrate the success of West Coast businesses, but we want to do it in person when the time is right.”
In the meantime, the second round of judging starts next week, and the finalist process will continue as per previous years. All finalists will have a promotional video made of their enterprise during March as part of their prize.
DWC Chief Executive Heath Milne is excited to be attending his first Leading Light Awards dinner.
“This has been an extremely challenging time for local businesses and the Awards are an excellent opportunity to celebrate the hard work, innovation and commitment it has taken to run a successful business through the pandemic.”
Milne thanked and congratulated all those who had entered the Awards and said DWC was grateful to sponsors, entrants, judges and organisers, who were making the event possible.
The businesses who have made it through as finalists are: